10 Fun Things to do in Edinburgh in Winter

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Are you visiting Edinburgh during winter?

There are two sayings in Scotland: ”There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing” and ”If you don’t like Scottish weather, wait 30 minutes.”

Experiencing winter in Edinburgh can be cold- but it’s also magical. It’s true it can be blue skies one minute, and pouring down with rain the next- so ensure you have a good quality brolly and waterproof jacket with you at all times!

Keeping the dodgy weather in mind, we’ve compiled this list of 10 fun things to do in Edinburgh in winter.

Staying at our hostel Cowgate Tourist Hostel is a great option if you’re wanting to stay right in the heart of Edinburgh. It’s a short walk from many of the attractions listed below, and has beds starting from only £9 per night!

 


10 Fun Things to do in Edinburgh in Winter

Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets

 

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The Edinburgh Christmas markets at Princes Street Gardens is one of the highlights in December. Sip on mulled wine at one of the pop-up bars, explore the stalls selling all kinds of Christmas gifts, and go on a ride such as the Star Flyer!

 


Christmas Lights at Edinburgh Botantic Gardens

 

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Each year the Royal Botantic Gardens put on a fantastic light display. The Laser Garden and the Cathedral of Light are especially impressive! This is a ticketed event, so make sure you buy your tickets in advance.

 


Edinburgh Castle

 

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Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit during any season, but we think it looks especially bonnie with a coating of snow!

 


National Museum of Scotland

 

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Is the weather cold and miserable outside? Why not discover the history of Scotland and the rest of the world at the National Museum of Scotland. Best of all entry is free!

 


Go for afternoon tea in a cute cafe

 

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Bad weather is an excellent excuse to indulge in this favourite British pastime; cuddle up with a warm cup of tea and slice with a book or a friend in one of Edinburgh’s many cosy cafes. Black Medicine and Lovecrumbs are two of our favourites!


Hogmanay

 

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Edinburgh’s biggest party of the year, Hogmanay, is one of the world’s biggest New Year celebrations! Whether you attend the ceilidh under the castle or attend the infamous street party, you’re guaranteed to have one of your most memorable New Year experiences ever!

 


Camera Obscura And World Of Illusions

 

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Venture through five floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions and discover the best rooftop views of Edinburgh!


Indulge In Retail Therapy

 

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Wander down Princes Street in New Town or get your Scotland fix at the touristy shops that line the Royal Mile. Edinburgh has some great shopping options, especially during December in the lead up to Christmas. Make sure you stop by Jenners to admire their giant Christmas tree and decorations!


Cocktails at the Dome

 

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The Dome in Edinburgh really knows how to celebrate winter in style! The bar and restaurant transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of fairy lights from late October until early January.

 


Palace of Holyroodhouse

 

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse (also known as Holyrood Palace) is the official residence of the Queen. She stays here for a week each June, but whenever she isn’t visiting the palace is open to the public!

 


Have you been to Edinburgh during the winter? What was your favourite thing to do?

 

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