Thursday 14 August 2014

Visiting Edinburgh

Back in my college days we took a class trip to Edinburgh. It was a place I had never really considered visiting until this trip, and a place I haven't been back to since. But it was a fantastic few days, there is so much to see and do in this beautiful city, and it is a destination that we have spoken about returning to as a family. 

During my jam packed visit I pretty much ticked every tourist attraction on the list, all except Edinburgh Zoo. Edinburgh Zoo was a attraction that I was sorry not to visit, but between Edinburgh Castle,  The Dungeons, Our Dynamic Earth, the ghost tour and the National Galleries... I wasn't left with much spare time. In fact I could have done with a break to get over the college trip!

In those few days being in Scotland's capital city, I did fall a little in love with the architecture and being around so much history. The atmosphere was buzzing and I found myself enjoying every moment. I would love to go back and visit in the near future, and the zoo is already on my list of 'must visit places' for when I do. This is a place that is sure to be a big hit with Leo as he adores nothing more than peeking into the enclosures to see what he can see. 

Depending on what time of the year that you visit Edinburgh you have the opportunity to enjoy one of 12 festivals. In April time the Edinburgh International Science Festival takes place, and has a program bursting full of things to see and do for the young and old alike. In May the Imaginate Festival brings children's theatre from all around the world to Edinburgh.

As Summer swings around there are yet more exciting festivals to get involved with, Fringe to the ever popular Book Festival of story telling, Jazz, Blues and Edinburgh Mela. The festivals all offer something different, but one thing is for sure, by heading along to the festivals there really is something for everyone.

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Autumn provides the chance to introduce your little ones to the magic that only story telling can bring, with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. New Year provides the Hogmanay, a winter festival that boasts it's very own carnival and not to mention the torch lit procession!

One of the great aspects about visiting Edinburgh is that there is Hotel Direct accommodation to suit every budget. When I visited back in 2006 as a student we actually stayed in a hostel, this suited us all perfectly. As students we didn't really have the money to spend on hotels, and for the amount of time we were actually at a standstill was for those few hours of sleep we fit in before we hit the tourist attractions again. This time around when we do visit Edinburgh again we will be going as a family of 3, so we have completely different expectations and requirements. On this occasion we will be looking for a comfortable base where we will potentially be spending much more time, given that Leo's bedtime is 7pm... So from then we would be in for the night. 

I don't know exactly when we will be setting a date to take a trip, but it is something that we will definitely be looking to do in the not so distant future. I love showing Leo the world, and sometimes you don't have to travel to far away to find some magical destinations. 

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