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A Day in Edinburgh Itinerary

Today I thought I'd provide you with an itinerary for a fantastic day in Edinburgh. There are so many amazing things to see and do in the Athens of the North that you could easily stay in the city for much longer than a day, but if you're a tourist with only a day to explore, I believe this itinerary would give you a good scope of Edinburgh.

Breakfast in John Lewis

It may seem a bit strange that I'm recommending having breakfast inside a department store that you can find anywhere in the UK, but the cafe on the top floor of John Lewis not only provides a fantastic breakfast, but also panoramic views of the city. It's a fantastic place to sit and look over the skyline of the place you will be exploring that day. I personally recommend the scones...they're incredible! It is a little bit out of the way, but it's worth the 10 minute walk from Princes Street (the main street in the city).

Photo Credit: Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Castle

If you're visiting Edinburgh for the first time, of course you need to visit Edinburgh Castle! It's amazing to look around and see so much history, but you also continue to get some fantastic views over the city...it's a great picture spot! I recommend getting here early, as it's an incredibly popular place to visit, so queues can get quite long.

Royal Mile

From the Castle, take a walk down the Royal Mile. Steeped in history, this road is always a hub of activity in the city. This is also the best place to find any tourist souvenirs you might be looking for, so get shopping!

Camera Obscura

Back to the top of the Royal Mile, Camera Obscura is a lot of fun. While it's not exactly classic Scottish culture, it's a really fun place to visit. Full of optical illusions and fun photo opportunities, I always recommend Camera Obscura to visiting families.

Afternoon Tea at The Dome

a civilised affair, having afternoon tea at The Dome is a really fun experience. It gives you the chance to be treated like royalty in an incredibly beautiful space. Be warned though, it books up fast, so if you're interested get a space booked quickly!

National Museum of Scotland

The museum in Edinburgh is such a great place to visit. It has something for everyone; fantastic exhibitions on space, indigenous cultures, animals of the world, and fashion, to name a few. The other half of the museum is all about Scottish culture and history. It's well worth a visit, and is small enough that it won't take up your whole day if you have other items on your itinerary.

Shopping...or the Edinburgh Dungeons

From here you may choose to shop until you drop on Princes Street and George Street. Situated right next to each other, these two lanes will provide you with everything you may ever need if you enjoy shopping on your trips. If shopping isn't for you, I recommend taking a trip to The Edinburgh Dungeons. This franchise can be found throughout the UK, and provides an interactive experience into the grizzly history of Edinburgh. It's one of my favourite attractions in the city!

Dinner Time!

There are so many amazing places you could visit for dinner in Edinburgh...it has some fantastic restaurants. In fact, I did an entire blog post on some of my favourite places to eat, feel free to check it out for some detailed options!

However, two places I always recommend are Wings, if you're looking for a quick and casual dinner, and Yeni Meze for something more formal and absolutely delicious!

Theatre Show...or a Ghost Tour

Edinburgh is renowned for its theatre. If you're visiting the city in the Summer, try and check out a Fringe Festival show. Other times of the year, there's always plenty to see at Edinburgh's many theatres. There are consistently high quality performances. If there's nothing on that interests you, why not check out a ghost tour (or do both)? Edinburgh is often considered to be the most haunted city in Europe, so it's definitely worth staying up late to sign up to one of the city's many ghost tours...hopefully you won't bring anything back with you!

And that's my itinerary for a fantastic day in Edinburgh! As I said before, I've done a whole series on spending time in Edinburgh, so feel free to check them out below for more information:

I'd also love to know what you're favourite things to do in your hometown are!

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