Spending a Spring Day in Edinburgh

How to spend one day in Edinburgh this spring

The days are longer, the temperature is on the rise, and the first buds are beginning to bloom. It must mean one thing – spring is in the air! So, where better to spend it than in the historic city of Edinburgh? If you’re spending just one day in Edinburgh this spring, here are some ideas to make the most of your time in our vibrant city.

What’s on in spring?

Spring brings with it an amazing variety of events and shows, with something for all ages to enjoy. From hit musicals to international festivals and egg hunts.

We’ve put together these lists of spring events in Edinburgh and Easter celebrations so you can plan your day out and hopefully fit one of these great events into your itinerary!

Ballerinas with backs turned in white

A walk in the park

There are many beautiful gardens and parks in Edinburgh, which come alive as spring begins to bloom.

With more than 70 acres of gardens that are bursting with plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, the Royal Botanic Garden is a great garden to visit this spring. One of the leading Edinburgh attractions, here you can lose yourself amid the sights and aromas of these beautiful landscapes. While walking through the verdant gardens, you’ll spot snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. And, even if it rains, the Victorian Palm House or Windows on the World glasshouses provide shelter.

Or, take a stroll through The Meadows with its fragrant cherry blossom trees. What was once a loch, is now a large open green space where you can play tennis, have picnics, or relax in the café. Here, you can take a stroll along the tree-lined paths and soak up the natural surroundings.

Not forgetting Princes Street Gardens in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. This public park is right in the centre of Edinburgh, and is the perfect place for a springtime walk or picnic. Full of interesting statues and landmarks, including the magnificent Ross Fountain and Scott Monument.

If you’ve already explored these parks, seek out one of the city’s hidden gardens.

Ross Fountain in front of Edinburgh Castle

Al fresco drinks

The balmy summer days might be a distant thought, but the arrival of spring often brings sunshine and milder temperatures. So you can enjoy a drink in one of the city’s many beer gardens.

The Pear Tree sometimes hosts live music in its garden, while the Beehive Inn’s garden boasts views of Edinburgh Castle.

Couple drinking outside in beer garden

Spring dining

As restaurants introduce their new spring menus, it’s the ideal time to sample some Scottish cuisine. Take a look at our guide to some of the best local restaurants to try.

Spring menu on chalk board with flowers in foreground

Spring offers

Spending one day in Edinburgh is guaranteed to leave you wanting to return and explore the city more. So, why not take a look at our spring offers here at Parliament House Hotel? Then, plan a longer stay in the city centre where you’ll be close to the attractions, shops and restaurants.