The Botanic Cottage in Edinburgh through an entrance in one of the beautiful sculptured hedges

What to See in Edinburgh, Get Off The Tourist Path

Are you wondering about things to see in Edinburgh that are little off the beaten track? How about exploring some of our local’s favourite locations?

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The Best Festivals in Edinburgh this Summer

Our Favourite Summer Festivals in Edinburgh Edinburgh is famous for its festivals all year round. But particularly in the summer months, when huge events, such as the Festival Fringe and International Festival, take over the city completely. And here at Parliament House Hotel, we are just a short walk from all the action. So, here’s our […]

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The Biggest Concerts in Edinburgh this Summer

Edinburgh Summer Concerts 2020 If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh this summer, we’ve got good news! There are some fantastic Edinburgh summer concerts on the agenda. And of course, there’s the summer festivals too. Edinburgh Castle Concerts Every summer, the esplanade at the castle is transformed into a venue for gigs in Edinburgh. Where […]

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Meet The Tyrannosaurs

We all know about the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the largest land predators of all time. But, did you know, there was a whole family of tyrannosaurs, which lived in the Northern Hemisphere during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods? The latest exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, ‘Tyrannosaurs’, explores this fascinating […]

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10 Things to look forward to at The Royal Highland Show 2020

Now in its 180th year, the Royal Highland Show is a showcase for Scottish farming excellence. It’s a chance to meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the best the country has to offer. With thousands of trade exhibitors and the finest animals from across the UK and Ireland. Not to mention, plenty of live music […]

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Visiting the Beltane Fire Festival 2020

If you find yourself in Edinburgh on 30th April you could be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a step back in time. By a good couple of centuries, at least! Because this is the night when thousands of spectators make their way to the top of the iconic Calton Hill to welcome in the summer. […]

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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 […]

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Visit Edinburgh in July

We Love Edinburgh in July! If the hustle and bustle during the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe isn’t for you … why not come to Edinburgh in July instead? Quieter, cheaper and a much more relaxing experience, there’s still loads happening! The sun is usually shining and there are loads of things to do […]

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Where to spot Highland Cows in Edinburgh

Highland cows are synonymous with Scotland. Their hairy faces adorn t-shirts and tea towels in every gift shop in Edinburgh, but where should you go to see a real “hielan coo” for yourself? They don’t just live in the Highlands, you’ll find these mighty beasts all over Scotland. Here’s our guide on where to find […]

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Things to do this Easter in Edinburgh

Easter Weekend in Edinburgh 2020 Now that the festive season is over, our thoughts turn to the next holiday in the calendar. Easter falls on Friday 10th to Monday 13th April this year. So, lets take a look at what’s on this Easter weekend in Edinburgh to keep us all entertained. Festivals The Edinburgh Science […]

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Visiting Edinburgh in the Colder Months

Visiting Edinburgh in January and February We know what you are thinking. And it’s okay. You’re thinking. “Why would I visit Edinburgh during the coldest months of the year?” Don’t worry. This is a reasonable question, but January and February in Edinburgh is a magical, quiet and exciting time. Sure, the weather is a bit cold […]

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What's on in Edinburgh this Spring?

Welcome to Edinburgh in Spring 2020 We love Edinburgh in spring, as the nights become lighter and the weather a little warmer. The entire city undergoes a blossoming, colourful transformation. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils burst forth and frosty gardens are carpeted with drops of white, yellow and purple as far as the eye can see. […]

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Romantic Things to do in Edinburgh this Valentine’s

Edinburgh is a truly beautiful city, famous for its amazing architecture and picturesque views. So, no wonder it is such popular destination for couples at this time of year. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and if you’re looking for romantic things to do in Edinburgh, help is at hand. Romantic things […]

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Things to Look Forward to in Edinburgh this January

Beat the January Blues in Edinburgh In January, after the Christmas and New Year holidays, we find ourselves back in the real world. Many people find this time of year rather gloomy. In fact, 20th January 2020 is Blue Monday, officially the saddest day of the year! If you’re feeling the January blues, here are […]

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Unmissable Edinburgh Festivals 2020

We are about to begin a whole new year in Edinburgh! So, let’s take a look at some of the must-see Edinburgh festivals of 2020. One for every month of the year! January: Burn’s Night Burn’s Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Every year, on […]

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What’s on in Edinburgh this December … besides Christmas

By now, Christmas in Edinburgh is in full swing. You’ve seen the festive markets, you’ve gone high-flying above Scott Monument and you’ve hitched a ride on the Santa Train. With so much going on this December, something is bound to slip through the cracks. So to help you stay on top of what’s on in […]

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Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) in Edinburgh The clocks have gone back, Bonfire night has been and gone and the nights are drawing in earlier. There’s no escaping the fact that the festive season is fast on its way. So, it’s time to plan your New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. This year, Mark Ronson will be […]

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Light up your Winter with these Dazzling Illuminated Trails

Edinburgh Winter Light Trails This winter, be dazzled and delighted by one of Edinburgh’s spectacular winter light trails. Walk through a trail of illuminated lanterns, light installations or projections and experience something truly special and unique. The perfect way to light up the darker winter evenings! Chinese Lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo Edinburgh Zoo is illuminated […]

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