Posted on April 28, 2020
#Edinburgh  #Exciting Things  #Student Life 

Famously known as the "Athens of the North', the city of Edinburgh is unquestionably one of the most alluring cities in the UK which is filled up to brim with exciting places to explore, fun things to do and much more.

From organising one of the world's largest arts festivals to being home to some of Scotland's best landscape and things to indulge yourself in, the city has so much to give.

And, if you want to experience some of the lesser-known pieces of the city or perhaps fancy exploring the city a little bit different, then this list is definitely for you.

1. Venture into the haunted vaults:

Get yourself a dose of spookiness with the guided candlelit night tour of Edinburgh's ghoulish past. Named as "One of Britain's Best Ghost Walks', the Underground City of the Dead tour takes you into the abysses of Edinburgh's iconic hidden city. Walkthrough the dark underground tunnel also referred to as the Damnation Alley which is infamous for its malevolent presence known as the South Bridge Entity.

Address: Underground City of The Dead tour, 26b Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE

Contact Number: +44 131 225 9044


2. Enter a World of Illusions:


Located on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile close to Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura offers five floors of hands-on, fascinating and interactive exhibits where 21st Century tech meets historical science and illusions. From a wide range of magic galleries to kaleidoscopes and a world of visual trickery, there is plenty to perplex and entertain.

Address: Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Contact No: +44 131 226 3709


  • Adult: £16
  • Students (with id card): £14
  • Children (aged 5-15): £12
  • Visitors with disabilities: Free


3. Enjoy a game of magic:

If you are looking out for something different and exciting to do? Then the Department of Magic is for you! Experience fun and adventure-filled day out with your friends and family at the Department of Magic- a home of pure magical fun. Join in and choose from two of the town's best escape games- Prophecies Quest and Dark Lord Resurrection. The Prophecies Quest is based mainly on saving the world of wizardry and witchcraft, while the Dark Lord Resurrection as the name suggests is based on help resurrect the wicked Dark Lord. The game can be played with a minimum of 2 people which can also go up to 50 individuals. Also, the usual game time goes up to 50 minutes.

Address: 9-11 Blair St, Edinburgh

Contact No: +44 131 357 0377


4. Go on a Gin Distillery Tour:


Did you know Scotland is one of the largest gin producers in the world! We, apart from the Scottish Wine, the city of Edinburgh is also known for its well-established gin Distillery.

Go for tasting at the Pickering's Gin micro-distillery; loved by locals and considered as a particular delicacy in Edinburgh or flock to the city's new Holyrood Distillery located on St Leonards Lane. Book a tour at the Edinburgh Gin distillery which offers detailed and in-depth insight on the gin-making process. In addition to this, the tour also offers a neat gin tasting along with a chance to buy their own bottle.

Gin-Distillery tour websites:

5. Board a funeral Bus:

Explore the city in a spooky manner with the Ghost Bus Tours. An Edinburgh's theatrical sightseeing tour, the Ghost Bus Tour takes you into a journey around the darker and gloomy side of the city. Onboard the classic 1960s Routemaster bus which collects its passengers from the Waverley Bridge. The spooky bus conductor shares some well-known paranormal mysteries along with grim and gruesome stories about the city's past.


  • Sunday to Thursday 18:00, 19:30
  • Friday and Saturday 18:00, 19:30 and 21:00


  • Adult: £16
  • Senior: £14
  • Student: £14
  • Child (under 15): £12

Tour duration: 1hour 15 min


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