Wee hidden gems, little pieces of paradise or simply lost treasures, whatever you want to call them, it’s true that Edinburgh has no shortage of jewels to discover. Prepare to dig into our guide to unearth the very best of Edinburgh’s hidden treasures.
Dean Village is one of the most picturesque areas of the city and is a wonderful place to visit if you’re always looking for places to photograph. A serene escape from Edinburgh’s busy city living, this picture-perfect part of Edinburgh is a great if you’re looking for a slower-paced afternoon. Prepare to while away a few hours meandering your way through independent shops and cafes.
Restores and maintained by the National Trust, Gladstone’s Land is a unique 17 th century tenement house on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile that has managed to escape demolition. Because the Old Town of Edinburgh was surrounded by large, imposing defensive walls, the inhabitants quickly ran out of space and began to build up, leading a medieval style Manhattan, with some buildings soaring 14 stories into the air. This house was built in 1617 and is still lived in today, making it one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Edinburgh! There’s a great ween self-guided tour available for you to enjoy.
National Museum of Scotland Roof Terrace
While everyone knows to add a visit to the Scotland’s National Museum, few of you will be aware of the it’s hidden roof terrace. Intrepid explorers who venture to the very top of the building will find this hidden roof terrace and will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the castle and beyond. Writer’s Museum In a hidden wee courtyard, just metres from the famous Royal Mile, is where you’ll find the Writer’s Museum. As you’d expect, this lovely museum is dedicated solely to words. Of course, Edinburgh is well-known as the home of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, but the city was also once home to famous writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott and Robert Burns. If you’re an avid reader and a fan of the classics, this is exactly what you’re after!
Museum of Childhood
This is a great wee jaunt down memory-lane for anyone visiting Edinburgh, but particularly appeals to families and children, with some fun interactive exhibits. Prepare to discover lots of memorabilia that you’ll recognise from your childhood!
Tom Riddle’s Grave
Lots of you will know that Greyfriar’s Kirkyard inspired plenty of the Harry Potter characters we all know and love. Many fans wander through this ancient cemetery and yet very few know that Tom Riddle’s Grave can be found in the very heart of the graveyard. Other names to keep an eye out for include Mrs. Elisabeth Moodie and William McGonagall. Of all the unusual things to do in Edinburgh, taking a wee stroll through Greyfriar’s is definitely one of the quirkiest.
On the very fringes of the city is where you’ll find one of Edinburgh’s best kept secret spots. Lauriston Castle is the city’s least known castle and the former mansion home of Mr and Mrs Reid. First constructed in the 16 th century, the castle and its grounds were donated to the City of Edinburgh back in the 1920s. The grounds are free and the perfect spot for a picnic.