1. The Museum of Childhood
Hiding right in plain sight on the High Street, is the Museum of Childhood. As the first museum in the world dedicated to childhood, it hosts a collection of games and toys from across the generations. It is currently displaying the exhibition 26 Children’s Winters. 26 writers have been asked to write words on certain objects describing what emotions they evoke. Whether you’re a family or just someone looking for a bit of a nostalgia trip, the Museum of Childhood is sure to make for a fun filled afternoon.
2. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
There are plenty of art galleries in Edinburgh. With so many situated within walking distance of Waverley Station, it is easy to understand why some are overlooked. However if you have enough time to go a little further into Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must see. With plenty of displays including Pop Art, Cubism and the spectacular Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein, it is definitely worth the cost of the bus fare to visit.
3. The Anatomical Museum
Definitely one of the weirder experiences Edinburgh has to offer, The Anatomical Museum plays host to many interesting exhibits. Some of its more famous displays include a display about Edinburgh grave robbers Burke and Hare, and an impressive collection of life and death masks. Sadly it is only open on the last Saturday of the month so make sure you give it a visit when it is open!
4. The Royal Observatory
Located up on Blackford Hill, The Royal Observatory is a great place to visit if you don’t fancy a night time trawl through the pubs. Their weekly winter Public Astronomy meetings are a highly entertaining way to spend the night, with stunning views of the capital and the clear night sky. Only thing is they do sell out fast, so it’s best to book in advance.
5. Dunbar’s Close Garden
So maybe you don’t have time to do much in Edinburgh. Maybe you have to stay close to Waverley Station. Well don’t worry a hidden gem is within walking distance. Behind one of the many closes on the High Street, just a few blocks down from the Museum of Childhood, is the beautiful Dunbar’s Close Garden. Laid out in the style of a 17th century garden, it provides a breath of fresh air, for those looking for a quick escape from the bustle of the city. Surrounded by the architecture of the Old town, this living time capsule is definitely a sight to behold.