Last weekend I had a girly weekend away with my Mum, and we spent two nights in the beautiful city of Edinburgh…

I have visited the Edinburgh a few times over the years and every time I go I am blown away by the beautiful and historic city. Being from York, Edinburgh definitely feels like a home from home with its cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and cute little alleyways and walk ways. My Mum and I had a lovely time, and I would really recommend it as one of the top places to visit in the UK.

We got the train over to Edinburgh from York on the Friday morning. It was a quick two-hour journey that we spent chatting over coffee and croissants, before sharing a cheeky, mini bottle of vino! 

We ended up staying the Ibis Hotel, just off the Royal Mile, which is the main street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, leading up to the castle. It was a lovely hotel with modern décor and everything that you could have wanted for a weekend break away. There was free Wi-Fi, a complimentary continental breakfast and one of the nicest showers that I have ever used whilst being away. 

Food & Drink

As we had a nice big breakfast in the mornings, when it came to lunchtime, neither of us were particularly hungry. For this reason, we opted for a coffee and a little pick me up in the afternoons before going out for tea in the evenings. We tried to go to as many independent places as possible, preferring these to chain cafes and restaurants. 

Edinburgh is full to the brim of independent eateries, and we found some lovely places to stop for food and drinks. We also went to my friend’s café, The Bearded Baker, which is a lovely, little café serving amazing freshly made doughnuts and bagels, just on the outskirts of the city centre. 

 Things to See & Do 

Edinburgh has so much to offer and is one of the best cities for tourists that I have been too. Weather you are a lover of history, art, food, nature or shopping, there really is something for everyone. My Mum and I had a lovely weekend but I would happily go back with James, a group of friends and recommend it to people with families.

Both my Mum and I are huge lovers of history and so we went to the Museum of Childhood, The Castle, on The Vaults Tour and the Open Top Bus Tour. These were all fantastic things to visit that gave a brilliant impression of the history of Edinburgh and I found it so interesting and insightful. We also spent some time shopping down Princes Street and on the Sunday we went to the National Gallery of Scotland, which was really fun. 

I had such a lovely girly weekend away with my Mum and it was so nice to explore a city that really felt like a home from home. The few days away allowed me to relax and enjoy myself, whilst spending some great quality time with my Mum and I’m looking forward to planning another trip away with her! 

Have you ever been to Edinburgh?


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