Things To Do In Edinburgh


Photo by Christina Riley courtesy of Scottish Ballet

Got some spare time this weekend and stuck for ideas of what to do? Never fear, I'm here to help! Here are a few things I've been doing lately that are well worth a look. Don't forget to check out my Edinburgh category for even more recommendations.

Scottish Ballet's Romeo & Juliet
Going to the theatre is something I always mean to do more often, so when I got the chance to go see Scottish Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet at the Festival Theatre I was more than happy to oblige. The show was beautiful and mesmerising, and the two hours seemed to be over in a flash. This is the second Scottish Ballet production I've been to (the first being Hansel & Gretel) and, as always, the dancing was flawless (yeah, I'll just pretend I'm an expert at ballet dancing...), the costumes were beautiful and the score set it all off perfectly. Romeo & Juliet is only on until tomorrow (Saturday 24th, details here) so be quick! If you miss out this time, be sure to keep an eye out for future Scottish Ballet productions; The Crucible, The Nutcracker and another tour of the much-loved A Streetcar Named Desire are all in the works.

Street of Sorrows at the Edinburgh Dungeon
A couple of months ago I was invited along to a press preview of The Edinburgh Dungeon's brand new show, Street of Sorrows. Having never been to the Dungeon before, I was intrigued, scared and excited in equal measure. I was worried that the tour might be a bit gimmicky, but I actually really enjoyed it and the actors did a fantastic job of keeping you entertained. I also found it a bit more "jumpy" rather than "petrifyingly scary", which was fine by me! There are various stops on the tour including a pitch-black boat ride, Sawney Bean's cave, Robert Knox's anatomy theatre, a graveyard with Burke and Hare and the newest addition, the 17th century plague-ridden Street of Sorrows.

Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle
Now this might seem like bit of a strange one, but bear with me. If you're visiting Edinburgh, the Castle will probably be one of your first stops and I would urge you to make sure you take a look at the Scottish National War Memorial. I did my Masters dissertation on war memorials of the First World War, and ever since then I can't help but notice memorials wherever I go. The SNWM is such an atmospheric building and I couldn't help but feel a little teary eyed when I wandered round. There are also some carvings dedicated to the memory of the animals who "served" during the war and lost their lives which is just the loveliest thing. The National War Museum is also located within Edinburgh Castle and I really, really want to go and see the Next of Kin exhibition. It's on my to-do list!

Gelato at Mary's Milk Bar
It finally seems to be (sort of) summer in Edinburgh, which means ice cream and sweet treats from Mary's Milk Bar are on the cards. This lovely little shop in the Grassmarket serves the freshest, tastiest gelato with the flavours changing daily. As well as more traditional flavours like vanilla or chocolate, there are also more adventurous options like Baked Figs, Earl Grey Tea & Honey, Salted Caramel or Violet & Dark Chocolate. Make sure to keep up to date on Twitter to find out the day's specials. If you don't fancy a couple of scoops of ice cream (erm, why not?), you can also pick your favourite flavour and turn it into a milkshake instead. YUM. Perfect for enjoying in the sunshine.

Gillian x

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