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Things to do in Edinburgh for Couples

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Things to do in Edinburgh for Couples

Edinburgh is a romantic city with plenty of activities for couples to enjoy together. Whether you’re exploring the historic streets or taking in the stunning views, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the best things to do in Edinburgh as a couple.

Take a stroll through the city’s picturesque streets. The Old Town is full of winding alleys and charming architecture, while the New Town is known for its elegant Georgian buildings. You can also walk along the Royal Mile, a famous street that connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Explore the Royal Botanic Garden. This 70-acre garden is home to a vast collection of plants from around the world, including many rare and exotic species. Stroll through the gardens hand in hand, take a picnic or enjoy a romantic lunch in the garden’s cafe.

Take in the stunning views of the city. Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano located in Holyrood Park, offers breath-taking views of the city and surrounding countryside. Alternatively, climb to the top of Calton Hill to take in panoramic views of Edinburgh’s skyline.

Visit one of the city’s many museums and art galleries. The National Museum of Scotland offers a fascinating insight into the country’s history, while the Scottish National Gallery houses works by famous artists such as Botticelli and Monet. The Museum of Edinburgh showcases the city’s rich history and the people who have shaped it.

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  • View from Arthur's Seat

    Arthur’s Seat

    1h 35m

    2.4 miles


    Admire the picturesque city of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano perched at the highest point of the 640-acre Holyrood Park.

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  • Calton Hill

    Calton Hill
    EH7 5AA


    Calton Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits in the middle of Edinburgh. The mound offers sweeping views over the city and is home to an array of buildings and monuments, including The Scottish Parliament Building.

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  • Circus Lane

    Circus Lane, Edinburgh

    Circus Lane
    EH3 6SU

    You can reach this gorgeous gem of Edinburgh by taking a short stroll from the centre of Old Town. Dubbed the city’s ‘most charming street’, Circus Lane is a fabulous place for soaking up Edinburgh’s history. Be sure to sample a fresh pastry or two from the nearby coffee shops.

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  • Dean Village river

    Dean Village

    Dean Path
    Edinburgh & The Lothians
    Eh4 3AY

    Dean Village is a scenic sanctuary tucked away in the middle of Edinburgh. With the winding Water of Leith running through its centre, this part of the city is an idyllic outing!

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

    EH1 2NG

    0131 225 9846

    Sat atop of Castle Rock, overlooking the skyline of the historic city of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish attraction, the site of which dates back to at least the Iron Age.

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  • Eyam Museum

    National Museum of Scotland

    Chambers St
    EH1 1JF

    0300 123 6789

    Spend a day having endless fun whilst learning about the captivating history of Scotland, from dinosaurs to archaeology.

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  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse Exterior
    Image Credits: Saffron Blaze - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    EH8 8DX

    0303 123 7306

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a 16th-century palace resting on the edge of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. Officially Her Royal Highness’ Scottish residence, the palace is perfect for history lovers; offering tours of its gallery, reception rooms, and abbey.

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  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Palm House
    Image Credits: Ham - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Arboretum Place
    EH3 5NZ

    0131 248 2909

    The renowned Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a 70-acre estate sitting near the heart of Edinburgh. If you love plants of any kind; this needs to be on your itinerary!

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  • Scottish National Gallery
    Image Credits: Enric - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Scottish National Gallery

    The Mound
    EH2 2EL


    Sitting on top of The Mound in Edinburgh is the renowned Scottish National Gallery. A fantastic outing for all ages, the gallery hosts a large collection of masterpieces dating back to the 12th-century.

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  • Underground tunnel

    The Edinburgh Dungeon

    31 Market Street
    EH1 1DF


    Learn about Edinburgh’s sinister history with an immersive tour of The Edinburgh Dungeon. Suitable for children 8 years and above, this unique and eerie experience makes for a memorable activity for all!

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