Edinburgh has a long, rich history and vibrant contemporary culture that attracts millions of visitors each year. Whether it’s the ancient castles or the world-class whisky available here, Edinburgh is without a doubt one of the most enchanting cities in the UK, if not the world.
For the elderly visitor, the Scottish capital represents an exciting vacation. It’s packed with activities, sights and experiences that are perfectly suited to older people.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our list of the top five things elderly people to do in Edinburgh…
Undoubtedly the premier attraction in Edinburgh. This 11th century castle is home to the Scottish Military Museum as well as the Crown Jewels. Looming high over the city, the castle is surprisingly easy to get to and can be enjoyed via wheelchair for visitors unable to stay standing for too long.
Highlights of Edinburgh castle include the atmospheric keep area as well as the stunning city views and delicately forged stained glass windows within. Edinburgh Castle is a true symbol of the city, and of wider Scotland.
This stunning example of medieval fortified architecture is one of the world’s best preserved castles and a must visit for anybody coming to Edinburgh.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
This stunning 16th century palace is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. It’s a beautifully preserved example of the excess and opulence that defined the era. With guided tours offered taking visitors through the lush green gardens and chandelier filled rooms, Holyrood Palace is a truly beautiful building that provides visitors of all ages with an opportunity to experience elite life in a bygone age.
National Museum of Scotland
Covering everything from natural history to contemporary culture to the arts, this is one of the UK’s most popular museums. Elderly visitors to Edinburgh will enjoy the National Museum of Scotland’s blend of enthralling exhibitions and informative displays, whilst the excellent café here is perfect for a cup of tea and a piece of classic Scottish shortbread.
What’s more, there is wheelchair access that makes the museum available to all. The free entry is another bonus and a reason to pay a visit to this wonderful, extensive museum.
Edinburgh Old Town
At the heart of Edinburgh is the city’s Old Town. This is a beautiful and charming area filled with bars, restaurants, museums and souvenir shops that play up to the Scottish capital’s old world image. Tourists can enjoy local food and drink here, and stay in fantastic hotels. Of course, many choose to purchase a bottle or two of Scotch as well.
The Royal Mile is perhaps the true centre of Edinburgh and it’s a sight to see. It runs the full length of the old town, towards to palace and castle. The elderly should take their time in the old town, exploring all of the attractions. You need to soak up the history and atmosphere of the area. Then, after a fun day, head for some food in the traditional eateries and cafes.
Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden is a stunning complex. It has over 70 acres of manicured gardens and is a key area for scientific and botanical research. As a result, it’s a key tourist sight for the city. Attracting thousands of visitors per year, the gardens are exceptionally well maintained and they look particularly beautiful in summer.
With a collection of rare and exotic plants in the palm house here, the cafe provides visitors with traditional refreshments as well as hearty meals designed to fuel a full day of sightseeing in Edinburgh.
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