The Scottish capital is an amazing destination for a break, but how do you make the most of your time in this city when you’ve only got a couple of days to spare? Use our guide to find the best things to do in Edinburgh in 48 hours and plan a short break you’ll never forget.
Top Places to Visit in Edinburgh
If you’re only spending two days in the city, be sure to take in the outstanding highlights. Here’s our pick of unmissable things to do in Edinburgh.
1. Visit Edinburgh Castle
Perched on one of the Scottish capital’s extinct volcanoes, Edinburgh Castle undoubtedly is the city’s most iconic building. Use one of the itineraries available on the official website to plan your visit based on how much time you have. Suitable for history buffs, solo travellers, couples, and families.
Admissions: Adult (16-64yrs) online price: £18.00, walk-up price: £21.00, Concession (65yrs+ and unemployed): £14.50, £17.00, Child (5-15yrs): £11.00, £12.50. Family tickets available. Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG.
2. Watch a performance at Summerhall
Summerhall is the undisputed heart of the city’s arts and culture scene. You’ll find a programme of art exhibitions, gigs, films, workshops, talks, theatre performances, a microbrewery, a distillery, and more. Entrance is free, although you’ll need to buy tickets for the events and other offerings. Suitable for families, solo travellers, couples, and culture vultures.
Address: Summerhall, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PL.
3. Go on an Edinburgh Ghost tour
A city as old as Edinburgh certainly has stories to tell, some of them far from pleasant. Wander into the city’s dark past on an Edinburgh Ghost tour. While the tour is suitable for couples, solo travellers, and families, some elements may not be suitable for very young children.
Tickets: Adults £20.00, concession £18.00, children: £15.00. Starting point: Mercat Cross, High Street, Edinburgh.