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Edinburgh’s Indoor Attractions To Visit On Rainy Days

Over the summer months there is plenty to do outdoors, particularly during festival season when the city is taken over by the many wonderful celebrations. But now the summer has faded, it is that time once again to retreat indoors — not such as bad thing with so many exciting indoor attractions all over the city.

Take a look at just some of the attractions that you can rely on for a fun day out without having to factor in the unpredictable autumn weather.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

There are many places of heritage around Edinburgh to visit including the castle but there is nothing grander than a visit to the Queen’s official Edinburgh residences. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the bottom the Royal Mile and is in walking distance to the Mile’s cosy eateries if you fancy a day out in Old Town. The place is full of history, home to Mary Queen of Scots for many years. You can even visit the ruins of the Abbey where Mary Queen of Scots married Lord Darnely. Make sure to check whether the Queen is at home, as the Palace remains heavily restricted during her stay. Whilst there why not take a guided tour of the Scottish Parliament next door.

Dynamic earth

Dynamic Earth is a contemporary science museum, which celebrates the planet and all it has to offer offering both an educational and interactive experience. With exhibitions exploring some of the earth’s greatest processes earthquakes, volcanoes, icebergs rainforests and the prehistoric life that use to roam the earth. Whilst you are there, make sure to stop by the ShowDome which takes you on an immersive 360 degree experience through asteroid showers and galaxies. October is the perfect time to go because visitors during this month get an annual explorer pass for the price of a day ticket,— bound to come in handy on another rainy day.


You can always escape from the cold in one of Edinburgh’s toasty pubs. Full of charm, packed with some of the best alcoholic beverages you will find, and crammed with personality, you are spoilt for choice in the Scottish capital. Visit Elephant House on George IV Bridge, where JK Rowling wrote the first of the Harry Potter series.

You can also take a visit to DeaconBrodie’s Tavern, named after William Brodie a cabinet maker turned burglar who was hanged in Tollbooth prison in October 1788. Legend has it that Brodie and his split personality formed the inspiration for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) written by fellow resident, Robert Louis Stevenson’s. If you want somewhere a little more chilling why not visit one of Edinburgh’s haunted pubs such as The Banshees Labyrinth on 29-35 Niddry Street, or The White Hart Inn, 34 Grassmarket. Just watch out for strange goings on!

Edinburgh Dungeons

A day spent indoors does not have to be boring, whether you want to take the kids (of suitable age of course) or enjoy a day out with friends, the notorious Edinburgh Dungeons can give you the lowdown on some of the cities darker histories. This 80 minute guided journey will take you through Scotland’s scariest legendary figures including notorious serial killers, Burke and Hare and the cave-dwelling cannibal Sawney Bean. The props and actors will make your experience all the more chilling.

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