Language course in Edinburgh: Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

The emblematic Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city from its perch at the start of the Royal Mile. Take in the views of Arthur’s Seat and the city from the castle esplanade, marvel over the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny or go on a tour with one of the prestigious castle guards. 
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The Royal Mile

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a cobbled stretch of road lined with Georgian houses that starts at Edinburgh Castle and finishes at Holyrood Park. Attractions along the way include St Giles’ Cathedral, the Writers’ Museum, the Museum of Childhood and the Museum of Edinburgh. Stop into Clarinda’s Tearoom towards the end for a spot of tea and a Scottish scone!

Arthur’s Seat

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a cobbled stretch of road lined with Georgian houses that starts at Edinburgh Castle and finishes at Holyrood Park. Attractions along the way include St Giles’ Cathedral, the Writers’ Museum, the Museum of Childhood and the Museum of Edinburgh. Stop into Clarinda’s Tearoom towards the end for a spot of tea and a Scottish scone!
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The Scotch Whisky Experience

Find out what all the fuss is about at The Scotch Whisky Experience, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile. Go on an interactive tour where you’ll ride along in a whisky barrel for a fun and interactive virtual experience. If you’re of age, you’ll get to taste a bit of whisky, but the experience is fun for all ages!

Go on a Ghost Tour

This famously haunted city is very proud of its paranormal past! As you stroll along the Royal Mile, you’ll pass The Real Mary King’s Close, a spooky alleyway that was built over but remains preserved just as it once was in the 17th century. There are scores of ghost and witchery tours that will take you on a hair-raising journey through Edinburgh’s alleys and graveyards, so you can take your pick!
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Pay homage to Greyfriars Bobby

The statue of this loyal little terrier sits outside Greyfriars Kirk, a stunning church with hundreds of years of history. Legend has it that when Bobby’s owner was buried in the church’s cemetery, he stood watch until the day he died. Taking a selfie with this cute pup is a must!

Take in a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Experiencing a live theatre performance is a fantastic way to practise your English. The historic Edinburgh Playhouse is the perfect place to catch a musical, comedy show, concert or a play. Group tickets carry a discount; so you can go with your whole class!

Visit the National Monument on Calton Hill

Mimicking the design of the Parthenon, the Scottish National Monument is dedicated to the soldiers lost in battle during the Napoleonic Wars. Sadly, the monument was never finished and is now known as “Scotland’s Disgrace”. It’s still worth a look and the beautiful green park of Calton Hill that surrounds it makes the perfect picnic spot. 
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Catch a rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium

The Scots love their Rugby, and you will, too, after watching one of Edinburgh Rugby’s matches. Catch the tram and arrive in a quick 15 minutes from the city centre, and get ready to cheer for the local boys!

The Scott Monument

Just outside the city’s central train station, Edinburgh Waverley, you’ll find the giant Gothic tower known as the Scott Monument. Named after the famous Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott, you can scale the tower’s 287 steps for fabulous views of Edinburgh Castle. 
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