Discover the History of Edinburgh Over a Long May Bank Holiday Weekend
Regarded worldwide as one of the most popular short break cities in the British Isles, Edinburgh’s abundance of history and culture continues to draw in large crowds every year, making it a popular choice for May Bank Holiday breaks. With Edinburgh Castle at the centre of the city and the imposing Arthur’s Seat on the outskirts, you’re never far away from an important landmark as you explore the attractions. To this day, many of the city’s historical sites continue to impact on its success as a leading short break destination, and with such beautiful views it’s easy to see why.
Dating back to the 9th century, Edinburgh Castle has been a dominant force in the development of Scotland through the years. Battles and sieges were fought over it, monarchs lived and died within it and it has now become the country’s leading tourist attraction. Located on its mountainous platform and surrounded by restaurants and public houses, the Castle towers over the rest of the city offering spectacular views across the nearby Pentland Hills. If you’re looking for the ideal photo opportunity, it doesn’t get any better than the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.
Another great place to visit during an Edinburgh short break is The Palace of Holyrood house. Whether you enjoy discovering royal memorabilia or simply appreciate period décor and architecture, Holyrood house is a breath taking reminder of Scotland’s rich history. Coming up in August, visitors can enjoy an even closer look what’s it’s like to live in the palace as they open the doors to the West Drawing Room – a room used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visits. As the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II, guests can also explore fourteen of its state apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, offering you a true taste of life as a royal.
There’s also a fantastic array of shops and restaurants dotted around the cobbled streets that are perfect for relaxing and taking in the magnificent surroundings.
As far as destinations for a May Bank Holiday break go, Edinburgh ticks every box. Not only is it one of the most exciting cities in the UK for food, music and arts, but its detailed history and cultural highlights make for the perfect balance of having fun and discovering new things. Great rail connections also make visiting the city incredibly easy, as it’s only 2.5 hours from the likes of York and Manchester and around 4 hours from London. So whether you’re escaping the everyday routine for a relaxing weekend or are looking for an exciting break full of exploring, Edinburgh is a must visit this May Bank Holiday.