Top things to do in Edinburgh this winter

Unsure what to do this winter? Come and explore all the hidden gems of Edinburgh

02 . 12 . 2019

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness ~ John Steinbeck

Now, that the temperatures have dropped, Edinburgh is transforming into the capital of Christmas. But, that’s not the only thing to be waiting for. After the spectacular celebration of Hogmanay, Edinburgh will yet again be the host of the Six Nations Rugby Championship throughout February and March. In between, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy everything the city has to offer.


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Christmas at the Botanics

Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden is back. Get lost in over a million twinkling lights and enjoy the one-mile sparkling path while embodying the festive feeling. Last year’s Tunnel of Light with thousands of pea lights and the Scented Fire Garden will both return due to its success, among many other new things. Do not forget to look out for Santa and his elves plus many more hidden secrets.

Royal Botanic Garden at Christmas

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Lion King Musical

Disney’s multi award-winning musical arrives to Edinburgh this winter. This magnificent production uses masks and puppetry to recreate the amazing story of Simba – there is no child who didn’t fancy the movie once upon a time, am I right? You are more than welcome to come and see it for yourself. (I promise not to tell if you see it more than once though).

Lion King Musical

© Disney

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The Live Murder Trial

Following a phenomenal 2019 tour, The Live Murder Trial is back in January 2020 with an exciting new case – The Brewer Brothers. Come and enjoy a two-course meal with your fellow Jurors and decide whether to convict the defendant or not. Are you a lover of Twelve Angry Man? Or maybe A Few Good Men? Or you have always been interested in what it might be like to sit in a Jury? Feel free to join and deliver the verdict.

The Live Murder Trial

© The Live Murder Trial

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Six Nations Rugby

The annual rugby union competition will celebrate its 21st birthday next year. It will again take place in Murrayfield Stadium which is just a 20-30 minutes’ walk from our apartments. Trust me, you do not want to miss the unofficial parade on your way to the Stadium – this is a perfect activity for adults and children alike.

Rugby ball

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Visit the Castle and walk the Royal Mile

Edinburgh Castle has always been one of the most popular attractions – do not let the cold weather discourage you from visiting it during wintertime. This lovely historic fortress has a beautiful lighting during this season – why not walk along the Royal Mile as well and take it all in!

Edinburgh lights

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Visit one of the city’s popular tourist attractions and spend a magical day exploring all the tricks, puzzles and optical illusions. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a must-see for everyone – stop by on your way to the Castle and check out the roof terrace as well which offers stunning views of the city.

Camera Obscura

© Camera Obscura

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Scotch Whisky Experience

This is obviously a destination for whisky lovers. Whether you are interested in the process of whisky making or you just simply like tasting it, the Scotch Whisky Experience is all you need. It is located in the heart of the Old Town – but I think no more explanation is needed. Grab your friends, partners, parents and grandparents, and feel the joyous warmth as it is slowly pouring down your throat.

Scotch Whisky Experience

© Scotch Whisky Experience

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Cameo Cinema

The Cameo Cinema in Tollcross is one of the oldest cinemas in Edinburgh – it dates back as far as the 1910s and it screens everything from the oldest classics to the latest blockbusters. What better way to spend a chilly day than to be cosied up with a good film? This lovely cinema offers a perfect movie-going experience for all the film lovers of Edinburgh.

Cameo Cinema

© Cameo Cinema

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Day Tours from Edinburgh

There are plenty of beautiful places to be explored outside of the capital – and going on a bus tour might be the best way to do that. While it is a comfortable and convenient way of travel, you can also listen to your insightful driver and get lost in the amazing stories our lovely countryside has. Who knows, you might be able to spot the Loch Ness Monster! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Check this website for example for tours running from Edinburgh or check our other blog about daily tours from Edinburgh.

Scottish mountains

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Stay with us – Our Sale is now On

If you are looking to see any of the shows or do any of these activities, we got you covered. Use the code BBX20BAR and come and stay in one of our apartments at Fountain Court – we offer fully fitted and spacious serviced apartments for you and your family to relax after a busy day of exploring. Click here and book your accommodation now. Don’t forget to use the code BBX20BAR

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