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Ten things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has no shortage of attractions, and you would be hard pressed to see them all during your visit here. Even though Edinburgh is a city well suited for walking (in fact, some of the best experiences are those that involve simply strolling around and having a look), you may want to spend as much time as possible actually seeing these attractions instead of travelling to and from them. Therefore, we have compiled this shortlist of sights to see and things to do while staying in the city centre, all of which are easily accessible from Ten Hill Place by foot or public transportation.

Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park

The view from the top of Arthur’s is a must for anyone visiting Edinburgh for the first time; you will see the entire city from atop the peak. It is about 15-20 minutes’ walk from the hotel to the start of the Holyrood Park path up to Arthur’s Seat. Holyrood Park itself is also excellent for a run, you can experience beautiful scenery just outside the city centre!

Edinburgh Castle

Visible from several parts of Edinburgh, the Castle is a popular visitor attraction. It is centrally located, so you are able to visit other attractions before and after your visit. The walk up to the Castle gates takes roughly 15 minutes from the hotel. The Castle and The Royal Mile go well together as a “first time in Edinburgh” sightseeing outing, starting from the bottom of High Street and walking up The Royal Mile and ending up at The Castle.

Festival Theatre

With the largest stage in Scotland, the Festival Theatre hosts world-class performances to suit all ages and interests.

Gilmerton Cove

Although this attraction has only been open since 2003, visitors are pleasantly surprised to find interesting tales and theories about the purpose and history of the hand-carved caves. Gilmerton Cove can easily be reached by bus from Nicolson street, the 3, 7, and 29 services take about 30 minutes to Gilmerton.

Holyrood Palace

The Royal residence of Holyrood Palace has housed many monarchs over the years, and it takes just over 15 minutes to walk there. The palace is at the lower end of High Street, so if you have already seen the castle, or wish to see the castle and palace in one day, you can start from one end of the Royal Mile and end your tour of old Edinburgh at either one of these.

National Museum of Scotland

The national museum is only 8 minutes by foot, and is free to enter, so why not stop by on your way into the city and see one of the many large exhibits? There is a lot (a lot!) to see here; you could easily spend an entire day at the National Museum: exhibits range from Scottish history to World Cultures and science and Technology. Be sure not to miss the impressive Grand gallery!

Prestonfield Golf

If you find yourself in the centre of Edinburgh and feel like trying the golfing Scotland is renowned for, Prestonfield Golf club is only a 20-minute walk down the road! Guests staying at Ten Hill Place get a 10% discount off green fees and equipment hire at Prestonfield Golf Club.

The Scottish Parliament

Visit our Scottish Parliament.  One hour guided tours of The Scottish Parliament are free of charge. They usually include a visit to the Debating Chamber, Garden Lobby and a Committee Room.

The Royal Mile

High Street, or the Royal Mile as it is also known, is a short walk from Ten Hill Place, and runs from the top of castle hill down to Holyrood Palace. Less than 10 minutes’ walk to the bottom of High Street.

Wild at Art

A wonderful way to explore the scottish surroundings and culture, and create something to remember your visit to Edinburgh by in the process. Wild at Art runs creative workshops, where participants learn to express themselves artistically through the mediums of painting, textiles, mosaics, photography and more. Inspiration for the workshop creations are gathered from tours of different locations in Scotland.

More comprehensive lists of Edinburgh attractions can be found at Visit Scotland, Lonely Planet and The Guardian.