Exploring Edinburgh in the Rain

Saturday, 10th August 2019

You haven’t experienced true Scottish living without getting caught in the rain. 


Even so, a few rain showers shouldn’t dampen your mood. Edinburgh is jam-packed with loads of amazing indoor activities and attractions to keep you sheltered.


Whether it’s visiting museums, learning about famous Scottish writers, or enjoying a bottle of wine at the cinema, the fun doesn’t stop when the rain starts.


Things to Do in Edinburgh When It’s Raining


Grab an umbrella, wrap-up warm, and brave the Scottish weather — here are some of our favourite things to do when it’s raining in Edinburgh.

Catch a Film on a Rainy day in Edinburgh

Grab some popcorn and relax in front of the latest blockbuster at Edinburgh’s stunning Dominion Cinema in Morningside.


This isn’t any old cinema.


Soak up the atmosphere of the stylish Art Deco interior and choose from an incredible menu of food and drink as you make yourself comfortable on your very own couch.


With tickets starting under £10 and complimentary snacks provided, this unique luxury experience doesn’t need to break the bank.


That being said — it’s hard to say no to a cheeky bottle of bubbly and a freshly baked pizza!

Take a Tour of Scottish Parliament

If you haven’t heard enough politics in the news recently, why not take a trip to the beating heart of the Scottish government.


Enjoy a free guided tour of Scottish Parliament to find out what really goes on behind those walls.


If it’s really raining cats and dogs, take a short dash to the Queen’s official residence at the Palace of Holyrood — she’ll have plenty of brollies on hand.

Cultural Things to Do on Rainy Days in Edinburgh

Whatever the weather, you’re never short of cultural visits in the Scottish capital.


There are plenty of indoor museums, galleries and exhibitions to keep you entertained on those grey and gloomy days. Here are two of our favourites.

National Museum of Scotland

Travel back in time at the National Museum to explore Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.


Discover dangerous dinosaurs, try your hand at traditional Scottish artwork, or enjoy an inspiring Fringe show at the museum’s Gilded Balloon this August.


The original 19th-century building was beautifully restored in 2011 to give one of Scotland’s most historic landmarks a funky contemporary twist.


This free and family-friendly attraction is the perfect way to enjoy a drizzly day in Edinburgh.

The Writers Museum

Celebrate the lives of Scotland’s most prized writers, poets, and playwrights with a free visit to Edinburgh’s historic Writers Museum.


Home to the world-famous work of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson, this beautiful faux-medieval building on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is the perfect place to escape a downpour.


This fascinating museum has something for everyone. You don’t need to be a literature wiz to enjoy the incredible life stories of Scotland’s treasured historic figures.

Book Your Edinburgh Accommodation Today

Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a wonderful 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 the city during this action-packed month. If you’re looking for the perfect festival let, we’re only ever a phone call away and we would love to help.


Edinburgh is a beautiful city where you’ll make unforgettable memories and leave with the biggest smile on your face. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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