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Just breezing through – an Edinburgh city break

As a birthday treat, I decided to take my mum to Edinburgh for a couple of days of exploring. I’d been on a day trip many moons ago but mum hadn’t been before, so we were both really excited about getting away for a proper city break. It’s about a three hour train ride from Leeds now (instead of the five hours from London!), so it felt like the perfect break to celebrate mum’s birthday. Here’s what we got up to on our Edinburgh city break.

Sightseeing in Edinburgh

We had the cutest little apartment on the Royal Mile (literally overlooking The Writer’s Museum) so everything was within walking distance. First we walked the entire mile (up and down) and stopped into a few shops on the way, then stopped into Camera Obscura to check out the illusions.

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The next day we fought against the crazy wind to get to Edinburgh Castle, which was a little difficult going uphill! Nevertheless we made it and skidded around the grounds in the freezing wind. It really is a beautiful castle, with a fascinating history. We had our photos with the huge bombard guns, took some snaps of the city over the walls, awed over the fact royalty had stood exactly where we were standing in the main dining room, and sheltered from the rain with a hot choc and some shortbread.

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castle view | this city life

edinburgh city break | this city life

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me and mons meg | this city life

Then to round off a fabulous couple of days we wandered around the National Portrait Gallery, searched for Voldemort’s grave (or at least the grave of a Thomas Riddell JK Rowling used as inspiration), found the cafe she wrote the first harry Potter book in, stumbled upon the cutest little cat cafe, and took plenty of photos of beautiful architecture.

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elephant house edinburgh | this city life

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edinburgh cathedral

The most delicious Afternoon Tea

Since it was my lovely mum’s birthday, I booked us into Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith for a bit of Afternoon Tea. And my, was it delicious.

mimi afternoon tea | this city life

mimi sarnies | this city life

mimis cakes | this city life

We had thai chicken, ham and egg mayo sandwiches, which were just lovely. Then we devoured the homebaked fruit scones with homemade jam (which is uh-mazing by the way), and finished the array of little cakes before the waitress could say ‘would you like seconds?’

Staying on The Royal Mile

If there’s one thing that makes an Edinburgh city break really easy to do, it’s picking an apartment on The Royal Mile. I didn’t realise until we got back that I didn’t take a single photo of the flat we stayed in, so I’ll just link you to the AirBnB listing instead!

Though a little noisy with the sash windows, it was actually really nice to hear all the bustle outside and step out onto such a historical street first thing in the morning. The mile itself is so long (an old Scot’s mile, obvs) we made sure to pick somewhere at the top, close to the castle. Our trip to Edinburgh was lovely despite the wintery weather, and mum is definitely keen to go back in the summer.

Been on an Edinburgh city break? Tell me what you got up to in the comments!

Charley is a professional copywriter and tea-lover currently living in Leeds. She writes about city living and city travel (with a few cats thrown in).