Edinburgh Days Out: Escape to the City

Edinburgh welcomes thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. Located in the southeast of Scotland, the country’s capital is hilly and compact, with a Georgian New Town and a medieval Old Town. With so many different attractions to offer, it is hardly surprising that all kinds of different tourists head off to for Edinburgh days out every year. 

Of course, as a member of Health Service Discounts, we never want you to pay full price and want you to enjoy the best things in life for less.  

So whether you are looking for the perfect destination for a trip away with the kids, a girls’ weekend, or a romantic getaway, then we’ve got everything you need to have fun and save in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Days Out: Getting There

The great thing about Edinburgh is that its compact city centre is super easy to get to. Whether you are coming from further up north, the midlands or all the way from London, getting to Edinburgh is straightforward by train.

Edinburgh Waverley is the capital’s main and busiest station but Haymarket also has connections to London and southern England. The other train stations in the city include Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Gateway which connect to other Scottish cities such as Dundee, Fife and Glasgow. 

Because of how easy it is to get around and how well connected the city is you can explore the rest of the country conveniently during your visit. Edinburgh to Glasgow train service runs every 20 minutes and takes only about 55 minutes, so you’ll be able to experience even more of Scotland. 

Places to Visit 

There are so many different things to see and do in Edinburgh, which is one of the reasons why it is such a popular destination amongst a diverse array of people. However, no matter what your interests are or who you are going away with, there are a few must-see attractions that no trip to Edinburgh is complete without. 

For example, high up there on everyone’s Edinburgh bucket list should be Edinburgh Castle. As the city’s most recognisable landmark, it has been the location of many historical Scottish events and once was home to Mary, Queen of Scots. When exploring the castle you will see a range of historical artefacts including clothing, weapons and the Scottish Crown Jewels. On-site, you will also find the National War Museum and the Scottish National War Memorial which are included in the price of your admission. 

Be sure to also take a trip to the Edinburgh Dungeons to find out more about the dark history of the city via the ultimate underground journey. From thrilling rides to theatrical sets and live actors, prepare to meet notorious characters such as the murderous duo Burke and Hare or infamous witch Agnes Finnie. Make the most of our Edinburgh dungeons NHS discounts and get your tickets cheaper!

Edinburgh is also a great place to visit if you love taking a trip to the theatre to see a show. The city has several theatres that you can choose from, including Edinburgh Playhouse, Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre. The Edinburgh Playhouse is the UK’s largest all-seated theatre. You can save money when seeing some of the biggest titles and names in comedy, music and musical theatre using our ATG Tickets and LOVETheatre discounts. 

ATG Tickets

Edinburgh Days Out: Where to Stay?

It is easy to get to the city for a day trip, but there is so much to see and do that we recommend staying for a few days so you have time to explore it all. But don’t worry about a hotel stay costing you the earth as we have hotel discounts at some of the swankiest places in Edinburgh. 

The Malmaison Hotel offers boutique accommodation in the centre of the city at the heart of the New Town by St Andrews Square. This central location means that you are only a short walk away from Princes Street with views of the famous Edinburgh Castle. 

Enjoy an overnight stay in style in one of the luxury rooms with everything you need on your doorstep. Don’t forget that you can save money with our Malmaison NHS discount, too.  

Looking to stay in another part of the city? We’ve got you covered with discounts available at and IHG Hotels too! 


Places to Eat 

There is one thing that you won’t run out of during your Edinburgh trip, and that’s dining and drinking options. The city is a foodies heaven with restaurants on every corner offering cuisine from all over the world. From traditional Scottish haggis to authentic Spanish paella, whatever food your tastebuds are in the mood for, Edinburgh days out have got it to offer. 

If you are a fan of good burgers then a trip to Bread Meats Bread has got to feature on your food itinerary during your trip. Located only in Scottish cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, this family-owned business offers you locally sourced and freshly cooked burgers that will leave you feeling stuffed. They’re pretty reasonably priced as well.

Don’t forget to check out what amazing travel deals and discounts we have available for our free members to help make your trip cost less and more enjoyable.

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