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Itinerary: Cultural Day Out

Scott Monument Edinburgh

Picture the scene: you have a quiet day off on the cards; a few free hours to spend just for yourself. The weather might not be perfect (oh Auld Reekie..) but you’re determined to make the most of this rare opportunity. If there’s one thing many of us Edinburgh locals forget, it’s the abundance of – often free – galleries, museums and cultural hot spots across the city. Seems like the perfect time to explore, we reckon..

10:00: Brunch at Peter’s Yard

Order a flat white and one of Peter’s Yard‘s famed raspberry custard pastries. Still a clear day? Grab one of their blankets and sit out on the terrace watching the world go by, coffee in hand.

10:30: Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Take a leisurely stroll up Middle Meadow Walk to National Museum of Scotland and head to their Victorian Photography exhibition (until 22 November 2015) to discover how the art of photography really began (with as much weird and wonderful imagery as you can set your eyes on!)

12:30: The Writers’ Museum

If there’s one thing many of us Edinburgh locals forget, it’s the abundance of – often free – galleries, museums and cultural hot spots across the city.

Want to explore the lives of some of Scotland’s most prominent writers (Stevenson, Burns and Scott) and see Edinburgh through their eyes? Wander along the Royal Mile and take a turn down the historic Lady Stairs Close to visit the Writers’ Museum; one of Edinburgh’s often forgotten free museums.

14:00: Lunch at Henderson’s

Bypass the wall of overpriced and mostly unremarkable Royal Mile restaurants and head down The Mound towards Hanover Street. Henderson’s is Edinburgh’s most well liked of vegetarian eateries and is the perfect place to fill up on soup and a rustic roll.

15:00: Bailey’s Stardust

Walk back to The Mound and see the temporary Bailey’s Stardust exhibition (until 18 October 2015) at the National Gallery of Scotland. An exhibition celebrating the work of David Bailey, the prominent British photographer who’s captured everyone from Mick Jagger to Tom Ford since the 1960s, it’s a must-see for locals.

16:30: Rest up!

Time for a breather to catch your bearings and get ready for the evening to come..

17:30: Dinner at Timberyard

Book in for dinner at the hip brick warehouse of Timberyard, with its locally sourced ingredients; some direct from foragers. They even grow their own herbs and edible flowers! Not one to miss. This one reminds us of hip Danish dining..

19:00: Catch a play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

Head to the Royal Lyceum Theatre for the evening and take in a show against the backdrop of its grand opulent surroundings and comfy seats to sink into whilst tucking into a traditional interval ice cream. There’s an abundance of plays on offer and it’s well-known for its high quality productions.

Where would you go if you had a free hour to spend in Edinburgh?