Sick of exploring the same tourist sites as everyone else? Tired of queues at Edinburgh Castle?
Edinburgh is full of weird and wonderful attractions that most people don’t see. Whether you’re exploring preserved skeletons at Surgeon’s Hall or visiting speakeasy bars, the city has some special attractions that make it completely unique to any other city in the world.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most unusual attractions the city has to offer. So, you can bypass the queues and jump straight into exploring this incredible place.
Edinburgh’s Surgeons’ Hall Museum is home to a collection of over 300 years of preserved organs, skeletons and surgical equipment. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Prepare yourself for a gruesome history lesson which takes you through the development of medical surgery from as far back as 1505.
Tickets start from just £4 and the museum is only a 10-minute walk from Waverley station on Edinburgh’s Nicolson Street.
This quirky Prohibition-style speakeasy is one of Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets. Disguised as a vintage barbershop at 79 Queen Street, Panda & Sons customers enter by making their way through a hidden bookcase.
Once you’re in, this charming bar offers an incredible menu of cocktails, beers and wines from its fictional storybook-style menu -- each chapter dedicated to a different member of the Panda family.
So, sit back, relax and transport yourself back to the 1920s as you soak up the atmosphere of this intriguing hideaway.
If you need to refuel after a long day exploring Edinburgh’s sights, Maison De Moggy is the perfect place to relax with a cuppa and some feline friends.
So you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city as you relax with their 12 beautiful cats who roam free around their “custom built paradise”.
This quirky cafe serves a wonderful selection of teas, coffees and cakes and is located just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s Castle in the historic Grassmarket.
Strap in for a spooky tour of Edinburgh’s haunted history.
The conductor tells chilling tales as the themed bus makes its way through the city, stopping off at 12 of Edinburgh’s most frightening attractions including Greyfriars Church and St. Cuthbert’s Graveyard.
Check the website to find departure times from Waverley Bridge and be sure to book tickets in advance so that you don’t miss out on being spooked.
If you’re looking for something completely unique, why not take a trip below the streets of Edinburgh into the South Bridge Vaults.
Dating back to 1788, these historic underground chambers were originally used as taverns and workshops before becoming hotspots for illegal gambling, smuggling and body snatching in the infamous days of Burke and Hare.
Today, a costumed guide takes you below ground to unveil the gruesome tales and dark secrets hidden within the damp walls of the Edinburgh Vaults.
Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a beautiful selection of holiday apartments located in the heart of Edinburgh. We’re committed to offering stunning holiday rentals and hassle-free service, so guests can focus on exploring this exciting city.
We hope you’ll enjoy the many weird and wonderful things Edinburgh has to offer. We’ll only ever be a phone call away if you’re looking for recommendations of where to go and what to see in this incredible city.
Written by Karen
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