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Manager's Top Tips for Edinburgh

Edinburgh Manager Janet Gagen has lived in the city for seven years and absolutely loves it. She's given us her top tips for what to do in Edinburgh this season.

East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market

Feeling festive yet? Edinburgh's world-famous Christmas celebrations will return to the city for 2018. From 16 November until 5 January one of the UK's most popular festive celebrations will come to life in Edinburgh city centre, with the biggest, brightest and best programme of events and entertainment to date. Staying locally? Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel has availability!

The Real Mary Kings Close

(Find it across the road from St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile)

Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died. For centuries they have lain forgotten and abandoned…until now. Visit Edinburgh's most famous Close, which makes Edinburgh's Hidden History unmissable.

Edinburgh Castle

(Find it at the top end of the Royal Mile)

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It is the second most visited attraction in the country, closely behind the National Museum of Scotland. Perched on top of an extinct volcano, the Castle and its Esplanade offers unparalleled views of Edinburgh. Once inside you can explore some of the oldest and most important buildings of the city, including St Margaret's Chapel, The National War Memorial and the Half Moon Battery. The regal Crown Square is a real highlight, where you will find the magnificent Grand Hall and Scotland's Crown Jewels - including the famous Stone of Destiny.

Dynamic Earth

(Find it on Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS)

It starts with a bang – a big bang! Learn about the creation of our planet and travel through time to explore Earth's past, present and future. Get thrust back in time to the very beginnings of our universe, and witness first hand the big bang and the very first moments of our galaxy and solar system. Make your way back to the present day through volcanic explosions, landscape-forming glaciers and the evolution of our life on Earth.

Christmas at the Botanics

(Find the Royal Botanic Gardens at Arboretum Place, Edinburgh)

Follow a one-mile illuminated trail that winds its way through the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for a magical after-dark experience. Prepare to be mesmerized by the hypnotic beauty of flickering lights; stroll along a fairytale avenue of giant glowing butterflies; and complete the night under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Experience Christmas at the Botanics from 23 November to 29 December... 

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