Edinburgh Journals

The Athens Of The North

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A travel journal to Edinburgh by Denise Scotland

Quote: Edinburgh is often known as the Athens of the north and is a brilliant city to visit. Here are some things I have done in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

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Attraction | "Festive Fun"

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Edinburgh, like many other cities up and down the UK hosts a continental market during the festive season, the city boasts two main markets with unique characters and they make an enjoyable trip for some unusual treats. The markets open in late November and are opened by the Lord Provost signaling a start to the festive period and they trade until Christmas Eve opening daily from 10am to 10pm. The German market comprises around 30 small wooden huts on The Mound Precinct next to the National Gallery of Scotland. It sells a mixture of German food and drinks, sweets, wooden toys, Christmas decorations and ornamental goods. The stalls are all manned by German men and women and I ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2009

Edinburgh Dungeon

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Attraction | "Explore Edinburgh's Murky Past"

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Edinburgh dungeons is in the city centre just a stones throw away from the main railway station and it markets itself as a feast of fun with history’s horrible bits and it is an entertaining place to visit to learn about Edinburgh’s murky past. The guided tour of the dungeons takes you through hundreds of years of Scottish history and actors in period dress bring the past to life. Edinburgh certainly has a murky past with witchcraft, body snatchers and many ghosts within the city. The first part of the tour involves a witchcraft trial, I was the one selected to stand in the dock while an actor boomed accusations at me and I was then sentenced to death. There is a room which has many of tor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2009

Edinburgh Dungeon
31 Market Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 240 1000

Scottish Parliament

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Attraction | "Home Of The Scottish Government"

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Holyrood has been home to the Scottish Government since 2004 and the building designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles was the subject of much controversy because of the massive amounts of money spent on building it and many hated the modern design. I was invited to the parliament building as part of a group by my local MSP and after we had a meeting we were given a tour of the building by her researcher. My experience will be slightly different to most visitors as we visited on a day when the parliament was sitting, public tours normally only take place on non business days. Visit the Scottish government website for more details about what days and time tours take place.Holyrood is at...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2009

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (131) 348 5000

City of the Dead Tours

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Attraction | "I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!"

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I'm a confirmed skeptic who believes that there is a rational explanation for most things paranormal. My other half however believes in things that go bump in the night. He had read a lot about the Mackenzie poltergeist and really wanted to go on the City Of The Dead tour. After a lot of begging on his part for me to go with him we got into the car one night to go join the tour.The tour is run by Black Hart entertainment who run walking tours all over the UK. They were set up by Jan-Andrew Henderson, a historian who also wrote the book The Ghost That Haunted itself which sparked my partners interest.We walked up to the wonderful St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile to join the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2009

City of the Dead Tours
Departs from St. Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Zoo

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Attraction | "Critter Country"

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A trip to the zoo is one of those days out that kids always love, the last time I visited Edinburgh zoo was 10 years ago with the toddler group. The toddler group used to go there every year, on my first visit I became upset at the conditions of some of the big cats, especially the snow leopard which paced back and forwards in its enclosure looking utterly miserable. The animal was still there pacing a year later and I decided to boycott the zoo afterwards. I had read in the newspapers that the zoo had made massive improvements over the past few years especially to the big cat enclosures so I decided to put my misgivings aside to accompany a group of friends to the zoo for the day to celebrate a frien...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 14, 2009

Edinburgh Zoo
134 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH12 6TS
+44 131 334 9171