Sundays are for relaxing, exploring and resetting, ready for another busy week ahead. There is no better place to spend it than in Edinburgh where you can soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Scotland’s capital. Whether you’re looking to browse fresh produce at the market, take a post-Sunday lunch stroll or spend a fun day with the family, there is no shortage of options.
Here are our recommendations to help you plan the perfect Sunday in Edinburgh…
From Pastries to Paella: Stockbridge Market
Although there are many wonderful farmer’s markets in Edinburgh, Sundays are all about Stockbridge. Just a short walk from the city centre, start your day with the sweet smell of freshly baked goods as you wander around the stalls, browsing the local produce on offer. You won’t just find food here, regular traders include everything from gifts to art, alcohol and even skincare.
A Sunday Stroll: The Best Walks in Edinburgh
A true hidden gem, a post Sunday lunch stroll around Dean Village is a must when spending a weekend in Edinburgh. Have your camera ready, this tranquil and picturesque walk feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city above with lots of beautiful historic buildings to discover.
Water of Leith Walkway
If you’re looking for something a little more strenuous, the Water of Leith Walkway is a 12-mile route through the heart of Edinburgh. Perfect for the entire family, and ideal for cycling, the walkway connects many of the city’s top attractions. There are even a few much-needed café stops along the way.
Inverleith Park is a popular Sunday spot for locals and tourists alike. Take a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined paths, park yourself on a seat by the pond to watch the swans, and bask in some of the most breathtaking views that the city has to offer.
The Best Sunday Lunch in Edinburgh
It’s hard to think of a better Sunday afternoon than in the opulent surroundings of No.35 at The Bonham enjoying delicious food, great wine, and good company. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself to a famous 3-course Boozy Snoozy lunch.
Sunday Fun Day: Family Days out in Edinburgh
A perfect way to entertain the entire family on a Sunday afternoon is at Dynamic Earth. Learn about the story of the Earth in a fun and interactive way at Edinburgh’s world-renowned science centre and planetarium. Make sure to check the Dynamic Earth Website ahead of your visit to see which exhibitions and events will be on.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is a great place to spend the day and fun for all ages. Explore everything from nature, art and design, science, technology and Scottish history with plenty of interactive activities to take part in along the way. Children can race a Formula 1 car, discover dinosaurs and even step on the scales to see how they weigh up against animals from across the world.
Soak up the Sun in Edinburgh’s Hidden Gems
Saughton Park & Gardens
Make the most of a sunny Sunday afternoon wandering around the beautifully maintained Saughton Park & Gardens. Here you can stop for a coffee, and go in search of local wildlife, and there is even a skate park and playground for children to enjoy.
To the south of Edinburgh’s Old Town you will find The Meadows, a large expanse of greenspace ideal for spending a Sunday in the sunshine. Here you can soak in the lovely buzz of the atmosphere, with visitors enjoying picnics, walking their dogs and playing sports. There are plenty of coffee, food and drink spots nearby so you can comfortably stay here until the evening sun sets.
Dr Neil’s Garden
If you’re looking for something a bit more serene, take a visit to Dr Neil’s “secret” garden. Set at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, where it meets Duddingston Loch, this much-loved space is said to be an ideal spot for inspiration, meditation and contemplation and it’s easy to see why.
Catch a Classic: Edinburgh’s Romantic Small Cinema
Spend a romantic Sunday at The Scotsman Picture House, an intimate cinema lovingly designed to transport you back in time. Switch off from the outside world and enjoy a classic movie with cocktails and indulge in the retro sweeties on offer in this charming setting.
Where to stay in Edinburgh
The key to spending the perfect Sunday in Edinburgh is to find the perfect base in which to start from. The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh’s most stylish hotel and restaurant, is situated in the West End and is ideally located to explore the city at your own pace. To make the most of your stay, why not explore our range of luxury rooms.