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Visiting Edinburgh in January or February

Visiting Edinburgh in the colder months

We know what you are thinking. And it’s okay. You’re thinking. “Why would you ever visit Edinburgh in winter?” 

Don’t worry. This is a reasonable question, but winter in Edinburgh can be a magical, quiet and exciting time. Sure, the weather will be a bit cold and wet, but that’s okay – bring a thick jacket! And the nights are long and the days are short, but you know what? We have electrical lighting and heating and everything! Edinburgh at the start of the year is brilliant, and here’s why.

A quiet, peaceful time

Edinburgh's Grassmarket in winter

Coming to Edinburgh in January or February tends to be the cheapest time to travel. Flights and accommodation all tend to be cheaper, meaning more spending money for when you get here. 

It’s also a really quiet time in Edinburgh. During August, the population of Edinburgh swells to double, but in winter it’s still popular with savvy tourists, but nowhere near as busy. Queues are almost non-existent, the streets aren’t ram-packed and best of all, there’s nearly always a seat available in your favourite pub or cafe. 

There are loads of things to do in Edinburgh in January, including walking along Princes Street and the gorgeous boutique shops of Victoria Street looking for a brilliant January Sales bargain. We’ve got a Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Jenners for luxury shopping. If you are in a performance mood, Disney’s The Lion King is playing at the Playhouse Theatre, only a few moments walk from Parliament House Hotel. 

There are also plenty of things to do in Edinburgh in February. You can visit the year-round attractions like the Camera Obscura and National Museum of Scotland. These are really great places to learn about Edinburgh. You can also take time to climb up the Scott Monument – this definitely isn’t something you want to do with lots of other people at the same time due to the narrow staircase!

Edinburgh at night

Join us in winter!

So don’t let the cold wind or dark nights put you off. Seeing Edinburgh Castle all lit up in winter is breathtaking. The stars over Arthur’s Seat are spellbinding. And the hot chocolate can be the best you’ve ever tasted! If you want to explore the city and are looking for things to do in Edinburgh this winter, then book your stay with us now. We’re centrally located and can give you plenty of advice on what to see. 

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