Things To Do in Edinburgh: Hidden Gems

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, we know this, and no doubt if you’re visiting for the first time you’ll be paying attention to some of its most famous haunts. However, Edinburgh has some hidden gems that you may not know about, and we’re going to be talking about that today. Want to find out something different about this enchanting Scottish city? Well, read on and allow us to surprise you!

Thomas Riddell’s Grave

Let’s start with something truly magical and mysterious in keeping with Edinburgh’s medieval and Georgian past. After all this city must be full of ghosts and hidden mystery. Head towards the grave of Thomas Riddell and this should satiate your appetite for magic and mystery. Does the name sound familiar? Well, it’s rumoured to have inspired the creation of Lord Voldemort for the Harry Potter series of books. The name was spelt differently, but as she wrote her first Potter book not far from the Greyfriars Kirkyard where Thomas Riddell is buried it does make you wonder……

Meat Market Arch

This was opened well over 100 years ago and now only the entrance is left of the original busy Edinburgh Meat Market. The arch has been beautifully restored and looks identical to how it would have looked back in the 19th century.

Kyoto Friendship Garden

This gorgeous garden can be found at Lauriston Castle in Cramond. A Japanese Kyoto Friendship Garden that opened 16 years ago. Because Edinburgh is twinned with Kyoto it makes sense that this garden would be smack bang in the city. It’s calming blossom trees and relaxing water features give you the zen you’re looking for.

The Wild West

Yes, the wild west here in Scotland. If you sneak behind the Morningside Library, you’ll find a piece of the wild west and it’ll feel like you’ve stepped into and episode of Westworld. There’s even a jail and a cantina. Why? Well, it was built for an advertising campaign and here it still stands. Just let your imagination run wild.

2 Wellington Place, Leith

So it’s a dark and dirty door, which is quite apt really when you think that it is here that Irvine Welsh wrote Trainspotting at this very house. To be more precise, it was on the top floor flat where it all happened.

Escape Edinburgh

Once you’ve visited Edinburgh’s hidden gems you may be ready to visit somewhere where you can relax and have fun with friends. We’d naturally suggest that you visit us here at Escape Edinburgh where you’ll be locked in a themed room of your choice and left to find your way out within the hour. To do that you’ll need to find a series of carefully hidden clues and puzzles. Can you do it? Why not book your room today and find out!