Grace's Blog: What to do when family visit...

By Megan 02 Nov 2015

Whether it’s your first year or your fourth, there’s always going to be the day when your family want to come and see how you’re getting on.

Now, whether it’s your close family, or friends of your granny, you’re the one who is going to have to decide where to go and what to see.

If it’s their first visit, they’re probably going to want to see where you live, especially if they weren’t around to drop you off on move in day. But once that’s over then you have loads of options on what to do and where to go.

  • Staying Local

If you want to stay close to home walking down to the beach or Fort Kinnaird is great because you can chat and catch up while staying close to uni, this is not only inexpensive and hassle free, it also lets your family and friends see what’s local to where you live.

  • Shopping

If you’re a family of shopaholics then look no further than Princes Street. Everything you want is right there and it’s an easy way to spend a day in Edinburgh, surrounded by gorgeous old buildings and with plenty of places to stop and take a break, it’s the ideal place to take someone who really loves to treat themselves.

  • Kids

If you’ve got young children to entertain then there’s a few places to go that they’ll love. The most popular option is to get the 12/26/31 bus from the City Centre to the zoo, this is a great place for both children & adults and takes the pressure off keeping kids happy in a busy city like Edinburgh. If the zoo isn’t for you then Dynamic Earth & Edinburgh Castle are both within walking distance from the station and are great for entertaining little ones.

  • Going Out for Dinner

If your visitors want to treat you to a nice lunch or dinner then Edinburgh is the place to be! If you’re looking for something easy going but a bit different from normal, then Jamie’s Italian is the place to be, located in the assembly rooms on George Street, Jamie’s is really laid back and family friendly. You don’t need to get dressed up and the bill won’t break the bank. However, if it’s an easy going lunch you’re after then The Rosehip café on Rose Street will fit the bill. This cute café is always bustling and is a great place to catch up over coffee and a bite to eat.

So there we go, my picks for places to take your family & friends when they want you to show you around town.
Why not also check out this guide to Edinburgh's best food and drink spots - future inspirtation!

Hopefully next time they surprise you with a visit you can avoid the manic clean up and just take them out to lunch instead.


Megan is part of the QMU Browzer Team
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