Planning a Trip to Edinburgh​, Your Ultimate Guide, Part 1: Castles and Palaces!

Edinburgh is one of those places with absolutely loads to see. Irrespective of the kind of person you are, the city has something to offer. Sometimes, it’s easy to miss some of the best places simply because you didn’t know about them. So here’s an ultimate guide to your visit to Edinburgh.

First and most importantly, you’ll need a place to stay that’s not too expensive or too far away from the city or somewhere dodgy.

During my trip, we stayed in an apartment we found on Airbnb. It was well priced, beautifully kept with a great host and only 15 minutes from the city center by taxi.

Having said that, remember that you can still Uber in Edinburgh and it’s super cheap to Uber too, especially when you’re sharing with friends, you get where you want to go much faster and cheaper than the buses!

Once that’s done, it’s important for you to plan beforehand about what you’re going to do when depending on how long you’re staying in the city. So here’s the list of “Must Do” things from my list. And knowing that each person is different, I’ve split the places into groups and I’ll be posting about them group wise!

Castles and Palaces steeped in History

  1. Edinburgh Castle
    No doubt, the Edinburgh Castle is famous and the place is rich with history and culture and stories like no other. If you like listening and learning about the history of the castle and the city and of course, Mary, Queen of Scots, it is a definite must see. Here’s the catch, even if you’re not a fan of history, you still have got to go for the beautiful castle that it is and the picture perfect views of the city that it shows you!The Castle is generally open 9:30 am till about 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm depending on the season and they stop letting people in an hour before closing. It costs 17 pounds for an adult and 10.20 pounds for children and an additional 3 pounds for listening guides. I’d suggest the guide for the history enthusiasts while the rest of you can choose to go on the free tour inside that start right from the start!

I have to mention though, do not go last minute, it took us about two and a half hours to go around the castle listening to everything. If you’re not listening, I’d say it’ll still take you at least an hour and a half!For more information:

And remember, the castle also includes two other sightseeing spots in the city which are the National War Museum and the St.Margarets Chapel!



The Edinburgh Castle!
The Edinburgh Castle!


2. Palace of Holyroodhouse
Another palace in the city that is absolutely outstanding is the Palace of Holyrood House. An amazing palace steeped in history and culture and rich traditions, it’s a brilliant place that you just have to visit.With picture-perfect views, the palace is also a spot for amazing architecture and a beautiful Palace all in all.Open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm or 6 pm depending on the season stop allowing people in, an hour before closing. It costs 12.50 pounds for an adult, 11:40 with the student discount or over 60 yrs of age. And of course, they have more offers.

For more information:

Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse


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