We love Edinburgh, but let’s all be honest – the weather is sometimes utterly miserable. When the sun is high in the sky there are loads of brilliant options around the city for making the most of it, but when it’s raining cats and dogs what should you do? Here are seven of our favourite ideas.
1. Museum of Childhood
It looks like just another small front on the Royal Mile, but don’t be fooled – the Museum of Childhood one big treasure trove of fun waiting to be discovered. We visited on a whim one day (hadn’t been in well over a decade), and discovered a treat for kids and grown ups (or those pretending to be grown ups) alike. You’ll be sure to discover toys you’d forgotten all about, those that fit the ‘different times’ category and an entire gallery of dolls (my least favourite part – it’s just a little creepy for me).
2. Southside Books & Brew Lab
Need to chill out? Get yourself to Southside Books (58 South Bridge) and pick up a brilliant second hand book (you can spend the entire afternoon in here, it’s truly an amazing place) then head over to Brew Lab (6-8 College Street) to get yourself a coffee, cake and settle down for an afternoon of losing yourself in literature.
3. National Museum of Scotland
No list like this would be complete without the National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street) – it’s a wondrous place full of curious exhibits that never fails to teach you something. It’s also just a fantastically designed building – the main hall is so full of light you’ll forget that it’s pouring with rain outside.
4. Afternoon Tea at the Howard
Continuing on the theme of cakes, why not go for Afternoon Tea? Surely one of Britain’s greatest contributions to the world, you will get delicious afternoon teas across the city, but walk down Dundas Street to The Howard and you will find a brilliant Georgian sanctuary filled with teas, coffees, cakes, scones and those delicate little finger sandwiches.
5. National Portrait Gallery
Fancy a little culture, then head along to one of the many galleries in town. The National Portrait Gallery (1 Queens Street) is a brilliant choice. With a permanent collection and a rolling programme of special exhibitions there are a plethora of works on display, some you will doubtlessly recognise even if you know very little about art, like me. They also have a brilliant cafe and delicious scones (spot a theme here?)
6. The Filmhouse
If you just fancy hiding from the weather altogether see what’s on at the Filmhouse. There’s likely a choice between mainstream and more arthouse films, or often something part of a curated season, then sit back and escape the weather in the movies. Stay longer by having a snack/meal/drink in their cafe-bar.
7. Camera Obscura
Want something a little different? Head to Camera Obscura on Castle Hill and you will see the world in a while new way. Literally. Full of optical illusions, trickery and some of the most accessible science in the city, this place is a treat for young and those who like to act their shoe size.
What do you think? Where would you go to avoid a downpour? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.