Activities in and around Edinburgh

Discover Edinburgh

With the help of the ALT Conference Committee, we have collated a number of suggestions to discover Edinburgh and make the most of your time in the city. Please share any additional suggestions you have using the comments below, or by tweeting with #altc. We’ve also included some of our guest posts about Edinburgh

About Edinburgh


Activity Description Price
The Three Bridges See the 3 iconic bridges of the Firth of Forth on this bus tour, with live commentary. Runs regularly between 10am – 6pm £25 per adult
Scottish Dancing Scottish music and dancing every Tuesday, with Edinburgh’s top ceilidh bands £7
Curious Edinburgh Download the app, and guide yourself through walking tours of the scientific, medical, and technological heritage of the city. Free app
Dancing and Learning design Explore patterns of learning and patterns of dancing Free
Tour of the Scottish Parliament Visit the vaults of the main hall and the Parliament for The People Exhibition on a self-guided tour. Free
Personal Walking Tour A great interactive walking tour of Edinburgh! Free
Edinburgh Zoo  Lizzie Seymour has some new learning technologies to demonstrate

Contact Lizzie:

£7 per person, includes technology demo and full day entry to the zoo
St Cecilia’s Hall tours Self guided tours of the concert room & music museum available – allow 60-90mins. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm Free
Walking Music Tours A guided walking tour, telling the story of musicians who stayed, played, and made music in Edinburgh £14
ALT Arthurs Seat Run! Wee walk/jog around the hill led by co-chair Keith! Free


Restaurant Suggestions

Name Location Description
Contini 103 George Street Italian dishes, served in a former banking hall
The Elephant House 21 George IV Bridge Central coffee shop, where JK Rowling wrote her first Potter book
Ondine 2 George IV Bridge Seafood restaurant
Whiski  Royal Mile Award winning whisky bar & Scottish restaurant
The Witchery Castle Hill, Royal Mile Serving Scottish dishes, including their legendary Angus beef steak tartare
David Bann 56-58 St. Mary’s Street Vegetarian & vegan restaurant
The Dome George Street
The Scran and Scallie 1 Comely Bank Road Award-winning gastro pub, serving scran, traditional ales, and artisan beers
Lasal 22 Union Place Authentic Spanish cuisine and very close to the University of Edinburgh.


Bar/Pub suggestions

Name Location Description
Deacon Brodies Tavern 435 Lawn Market Great historical pub
Signet Library Parliament Square Great for champagne and beer flights
Monteiths 61 High Street Great cocktails, real fire, comfy chairs
Hoot the Redeemer 7 Hanover Street Great drinks served in cinema seats with a fairground theme
Panda & Sons 79 Queen Street Is it a hairdresser or a bar?
Smith and Gertrude 26 Hamilton Place Daily wine specials, and weekly wine & cheese flights


For even more information on the many things to do in Edinburgh, see our guest post by Lesley Diack.