Where to go for peace and quiet

Peaceful places to visit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an exciting, bustling city, full of life and vibrancy. But if you’re looking for a bit of time out, there are plenty of quiet, peaceful places to visit, right here in the city. Here’s our guide to some of the more tranquil and relaxing attractions Edinburgh has to offer…

Calton Hill

When you stay with us at Parliament House Hotel, we recommend a walk up Calton Hill for some peace and quiet, and amazing views of the city! The entrance is just a 5-minute walk from our hotel and from there, it’s an easy climb to the top. Seeing the city from up here can give you a whole new perspective.

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
Take in panoramic views of Edinburgh from atop Calton Hill

Armchair Books

Sometimes all you want to do is curl up and relax with a good book. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in, visit Armchair Books. A quirky bookshop, packed to the rafters with second-hand books. It has a chilled vibe and you’re bound to find your next good read.

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden is a large, calm and tranquil green space in Edinburgh, with a variety of wonderful things to see. It’s a breath of fresh air, away from the busy city. Take a walk around the Rock Garden, Alpine Houses, Chinese Hillside, Woodland Garden and more. Look out for insects, birds, squirrels and other wildlife along the way.

A pond surrounded by lush greenery at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is one of the leading botanic gardens in the world.

St Giles’ Cathedral

The High Kirk of Edinburgh or St Giles’ Cathedral is a large parish church on the Royal Mile, known for its impressive architecture and peaceful atmosphere. The church is open to visitors daily and offers free guided tours at certain times.

St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh
Located on the historic Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral is in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Dunbar’s Close Garden

Dunbar’s Close is one of our secret gardens. Tucked away off the busy Royal Mile, this small garden is only for those in the know. Often empty, it’s a lovely place to sit and reflect. Find it in the wee close beside Canongate Kirk.

17th-century style garden in Edinburgh
The entrance to Dunbar’s Close Garden on the Canongate is easy to miss.

Water of Leith

The Water of Leith Walkway is a foot and cycle path through the city. It runs along the Water of Leith riverside, sheltered by trees and greenery. The perfect place to find peace and quiet in Edinburgh. Enjoy an easy walk, long or short, on this flat, 12-mile path, which passes by many great attractions and landmarks. Explore the route.

Stone bridge over the Water of Leith in Edinburgh
The walkway follows the Water of Leith river over 12 miles, through the city and beyond.

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to rest your head, after a day of exploring Edinburgh’s many attractions, book a stay with us at Parliament House Hotel. Our location, near the east end of Princes Street, is central and convenient. It’s also set back from the main streets, providing a wee haven where you can relax and unwind.