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Edinburgh in a Day, Our Spring Itinerary

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.

The Royal Botanic Garden

Spring Flowers in Edinburgh Botanic GardensWith more than 70 acres of gardens that are bursting with plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, the Royal Botanic Garden comes alive in the 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 glasshouse provide shelter.

Wander Through the Meadows

Cherry Blossom trees in the Meadows EdinburghSpringtime is the perfect time of year to 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.

So, take a stroll along the tree-lined paths and soak up the natural surroundings in the centre of Edinburgh.

Spring Festivals

A couple at a festivalEdinburgh is renowned for its summer festivals like the Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival.

However, spring also brings events like the International Science Festival to the city. So, you can learn about astrology, the human body, nature and technology through workshops, talks and demonstrations. And, if you’re taking an Edinburgh day trip with children, head to the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which celebrates children’s theatre, art and performance.

Al Fresco Drinks

Drinks on a table in a beer gardenThe balmy summer days might be a distant thought but the arrival of spring often brings sunshine and milder temperatures.

So, there’s no better place to enjoy a drink during your visit to Edinburgh than in one of the city’s beer gardens.

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


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 comfortable guest rooms at parliament House? Then, plan a longer stay in the city centre where you’ll be close to the attractions, shops and restaurants.

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