(TRAVPR.COM)SCOTLAND - June 4th, 2012 - In Edinburgh there are is no shortage of attractions, tours and general things to do. Some of the most popular options include visiting Edinburgh Castle and The National Museum of Scotland (which is free) and you will find plenty of suggestions on various travel websites including Rooms in Edinburgh.
But we decided to come up with a slightly different guide and that is for attractions to enjoy when the sun shines on Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and this is even more true when the sun is out, so rather than be hidden away inside a museum of building the following are a list of attractions that you can enjoy along with the good weather.
1. Carlton Hill (Free entry, Nelson Monument £3) Carlton Hill is situated in the city centre and it is one of Britain’s first public parks, having been bought by Edinburgh city council in 1724. The park offers spectacular panoramic views of the whole city of Edinburgh. There are numerous monuments (including nelson monument which you can climb to the top of for a small admission fee) and there are also benches to sit on and admire the views. The best way to see everything is to do Hume Walk which joins with Regent Walk to take you around the park.
2. Botanic Gardens (Free) Enjoy a day out at one of the best botanical gardens in the world at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens date back as far as the 17th century and there are over 70 acres of gardens to explore. The gardens change with the seasons and so you can have different experiences depending on when you visit. There is no charge to enter the gardens but there is a small charge if you wish to visit the glasshouses .
3. Climb Arthurs Seat (Free) Arthurs Seat sits to the east of the city centre in Holyrood Park and it has a total height of 823ft (250m). You can climb easily to the top, there is a good path the ascends up the hill slowly making this suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The start of the climb is just past the Scottish Parliament at the end of the Royal Mile. From the summit you get a great panoramic view of the city.
4. Edinburgh Zoo (Adult £15.50, Child £11, Concession £13) The only zoo to visit in Scotland, it is a short drive or bus journey from the city centre in the Corstophine area of Edinburgh. The main attraction at the moment is 2 giant Pandas which are currently on loan from China, limited visitor are allowed so best to get in early to see them. Also don’t miss the popular Penguin Parade which is daily at 2.15pm.
5. Free Walking Tour (Free) Sandemans’s offers a free walking tour of the city which covers pretty much everything. Explore New & Old town, Grassmarket, Royal Mile and learn about the city and the history such as the Scottish Enlightenment and William Wallace. The tour has to be booked in advance (at least 24hrs) and it takes around 3 hours to complete.
There are also a great number of indoor attractions and places to see in Edinburgh and if you are looking for accommodation in Edinburgh there are numerous hotels in Edinburgh on Rooms in Edinburgh's website.
Rooms in Edinburgh has a listing of over 250 Hotels, Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts and holiday apartments in Edinburgh all available to book online. There is also a section on attractions in Edinburgh and general travel information for Edinburgh.
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