1. Archivist’s Garden, HM General Register House
2 Princess St, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY
There is more that meets the eye! The open courtyard between General House and New Register House has been transformed into a unique garden planted with 57 plant species – all connected in some way to Scotland’s collective memory.
Designed by Gross Max using the plant palette drawn up by the Royal Botanic Garden, the Archivist’s Garden is open during office hours 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
2. Museum of Edinburgh
Huntly House, 142 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD
Hidden in plain sight on the Canongate in the Royal Mile, this museum lifts the lid on the fascinating history of the city – from its very beginnings right up to the present day.
Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
3. Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
This 100 years old tapestry studio is now homed in a beautifully renovated Victorian swimming pool in the heart of Edinburgh. Nowadays, visitors to this stunning building can see the fascinating workshop spaces where the in-house weavers create their stunning tapestries. There’s also a great gallery space which exhibits work by artist from all over the globe and an in house café which is a perfect spot to relax and admire the venue.
Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm
4. Dunbar’s Close Garden
Canongate, High Street EH8 8BW
This hidden retreat is located just beside The Canongate Kirk. Wander down Dunbar’s Close to reveal a garden laid out in the character of the 17th century, donated to the City of Edinburgh by the Mushroom Trust in 1978 and named after Edinburgh writer David Dunbar owner tenement on either side of this close in 1773.
5. Museum of Childhood
42 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG
It is never too late to have some fun.
Spend a few hours (in the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood) exploring the 21 rooms and over 2000 item, toys and games from across the generation, from the early Steiff Bears to Barbie’s – we can pretty much guarantee it’s won’t be long before you say; ‘I had one of those’ The Museum of Childhood is set in two buildings straddling South Gray’s Close on the Royal Mile. Both buildings were constructed in the 18th century. Even if you don’t think you fancy a wander down toy memory lane, pop in ans visit ‘the nosiest museum in the world’ and just try to avoid getting caught up in the magical nostalgia.
Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday 12-5pm