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8 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

We're used to the rain here - there is no shortage of great activities in all weathers.

26 . 10 . 2018

With amazing attractions across the city there is no shortage of exciting things for you to do in the rain.

Scotland’s capital isn’t known for its tropical climate but don’t let that put you off paying it a visit. Though the city may be prone to the odd downpour, you shouldn’t be discouraged, for there is still plenty to be enjoyed without the aid of sunshine (plus, it does look beautiful in grey). With years of experience under our belts we locals are adept at seeking shelter on a dreich and drizzly afternoon. So, grab your wellies and cagoules, here is our guide to spending a rainy day in Edinburgh.


Read more: 6 Things to Do in Edinburgh this Autumn


Dynamic Earth

Escape the miserable weather and head off on an interactive adventure through time and space. Step back in time at Dynamic Earth and come face-to-face with prehistoric creatures and bubbling volcanoes or enjoy an immersive visual experience in their spectacular 360-degree dome film theatre. You can even explore their brand new virtual reality dinosaur experience! Set within the depths of Holyrood Park, this popular attraction provides endless amounts of fun come rain or shine.

Fountain Court guests: 20% discount on ticket price.

Yellow Submarine at Dynamic Earth

© Dynamic Earth

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Museum of Childhood

Having reopened early 2018 after a major refurbishment, the Museum of Childhood is a treasure trove full of youthful nostalgia. The first of its kind, the museum features an extensive collection of toys, games and memorabilia from across the generations. With over 300 rarely seen objects on display and new interactive exhibits, you could easily spend a few hours in here on a rainy day in Edinburgh. A great place for small and big kids alike.

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Cameo Cinema

On a dreich day in the Scottish capital, there’s no better place to be than cosied up with a good film at the Cameo Cinema in Tollcross. Originally the King’s Cinema, this historic picturehouse dates back as far as 1914 and screens everything from the latest blockbusters to cult classics. Known for its satin curtains and red velvet seating, this beloved cinema offers a unique movie-going experience for Edinburgh film lovers.

© Cameo Cinema

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Department of Mysteries

As the so-called ‘Birthplace of Harry Potter’, Edinburgh has a love for all things magical and with escape rooms all the rage these days it was only a matter of time before the two combined. Hidden out of sight on a cobbled street in the Old Town, the Department of Mysteries is a hilariously fun, immersive experience and the perfect ‘escape’ during a ‘spell’ of bad weather. Can you and your friends get out?

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Next time you happen to get caught in a downpour, why not dry off at one of Edinburgh’s fascinating art galleries? With its beautiful neo-gothic architecture and exhibitions featuring some of Scotland’s most famous faces, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is the perfect place to kill time until the rain subsides. Before heading back out, why not recharge with a warm cup of tea?

Fountain Court guests: 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drink at Cafe Portrait.

Cakes at Cafe Portrait

© Cafe Portrait

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Scottish Parliament

You might be familiar with the modern Scottish Parliament building, but have you ever wondered what it looks like on the inside? Well, a rainy day in Edinburgh offers the perfect excuse to find out. Open to the public Monday to Saturday, the parliament is free to enter. Take a guided tour to discover what goes on behind the scenes and admire the stunning architecture of this award-winning building.

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Visit the city’s oldest purpose-built tourist attraction and spend a day exploring several floors of tricks, puzzles and optical illusions. A funhouse of visual trickery, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a must-do on a rainy day in Edinburgh. Perched atop the Royal Mile, the roof terrace offers stunning views across the capital, so grab your binoculars for a closer look at some of our most famous landmarks. See the place where pictures moved and came to life before cinema was invented.

Fountain Court guests: 10% discount on ticket price.

Camera Obscura

© Camera Obscura

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Fountain Park

Don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits! Guests staying at any of our west end properties can rest assured knowing there are no shortage of things to do when that inevitable rainy day comes. Located just a 5 minute walk from your serviced apartment, Fountain Park provides a whole host of indoor family activities such as bowling, miniature golf and the cinema as well as a wide range of dining options.

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Stay with us

Looking to explore Edinburgh? We would love for you to stay with us at any of our properties. Each of our apartments includes daily housekeeping, a fully fitted kitchen, and free high-speed WiFi. With a range of properties across the Scottish capital there is a city break to suit every type of traveller. Stay with us today!

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