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Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places in the world to visit and you can easily see why. Throughout the year the city remains a beautiful, vibrant city, rich in heritage and culture (regardless of the weather). Spring is a wonderful time of the year to visit. You get to see the capital city filled with all the stunning colours from all the flowers and gardens, reds, blues, greens and everything in between- it’s heavenly. Not only is it beautiful outdoors but there is also plenty of other things going on in Spring to make your stay one to remember. Here’s a short list of things to look out for on your trip to Edinburgh in 2018.

Parks and gardens

Royal Botanic Garden

With 70 acres of trees, rare plants and specialist gardens, it’s easy to happily lose yourself. If it rains, shelter in the wonderfully steamy Victorian Palm House (the tallest in Britain), or, in the seashell and pinecone decorated stone pavilion in the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden.

Water of Leith Walkway

There are always six naked men standing in the Water of Leith — they are cast-iron sculptures by artist Antony Gormley. This designated urban wildlife site has woods and wildflowers, herons, kingfishers, roe deer and much more.

Dunbars Close

A few steps off The Royal Mile, is the beautiful 17th-century styled Dunbars Close Garden, filled with flowers, fruit trees and an array of unusual plants, one you can’t miss.


Festivals and events

Edinburgh International Science Festival
April 4 – 18

A fascinating and fun look at all things scientific, with events and workshops for all ages. A great day out guaranteed.

TradFest Edinburgh
April 29 – May 10

A celebration of Scots and Gaelic folk arts through dance, music, drama, story-telling and traditional arts and crafts. Immerse yourself in our local culture.

Beltane Fire Festival
April 30

Join over 300 performers marking the beginning of summer with a madly colourful procession and Beltane bonfire.


Game Masters
Until April 20

Exploring the work of the video-game designers from early pioneers, such as Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders), to the present day. Experience over 100 games at the event.

Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance
Until May 15

A fascinating contemporary response to fashion, beauty and cosmetics, inspired by renaissance art.


Stay at The Dunstane Houses this Spring and make the most of our exclusive Spring Special discounts!

Receive up to 25% off when you stay 2 nights or more from April 2018. That includes our Beautiful Suites! All you need to do is click here.