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Edinburgh is a great place to be at not only because it has amazing attractions to visit on a bright sunny day but also because it has countless places to go to and endless things to do on a rainy day.

Here is a list of what you should do and where you should go on a day it’s raining cats and dogs in Edinburg instead of sitting back and sulking about the weather.

Edinburgh Castle

Though people prefer visiting the castle on a clear sunny day, you can also go there on a rainy day for the numerous attractions indoors. Don’t forget to grab your umbrella.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Learn about the art and culture of Scotland at this amazing building with beautiful grounds that is home to ever changing art.

Dovecot Studios

This modern space shuns all the ideas of preconceived crafts. A great place to go to on a rainy day, at Dovecot Studios you see the best work from leading craft makers and artists.

Fruit Market Gallery

You can see the exhibition of lively and decisive art with a refreshing and surprising visit to this historical area of Edinburgh.

Scotsman Steps

Visit these enclosed stairs that run from the Scotsman on the bridges down to the Old town and Waverly Station on a rainy day and have a lot of fun.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse & The Scottish Parliament

You can enjoy the amazing indoors of these vintage buildings on a rainy day.

Dynamic Earth

This state-of-the-art science museum dedicated to Mother Earth is a great place to learn about our home planet through exhibitions and activities about earthquakes, volcanoes, icebergs, rainforests and dinosaurs.

Dominion Cinema

When it’s raining outside, go to the Dominion Cinema and experience the big screen by relaxing on a comfy chair or sofa.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall

This is a cultural hub with a café and range of public events from art sales to flea markets.

National Museum of Scotland

This is a world class museum, an amazing building, an abundance of interest and detail for adults and youngsters alike.It is a great place to learn about the history of Scotland and a great option of what to do on a rainy day.

Edinburgh Pubs

The city is replete with amazing pubs which include:

Royal McGregor’s

A friendly and cozy pub, Royal McGregor is a great place to hangout on a rainy day.

The Mitre Bar

This pub is famous for the ghost of a 17th century bishop. It has quality food and a great atmosphere.

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a blend of amazing attractions that include:

The Real Mary King’s Close

Located just before the City Chambers this place is a historically accurate example of life in Edinburg between the 16th and 19th

Giles Cathedral

Considered as mother church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. Its interior is as beautiful as its exterior. It is definitely worth a visit.

The Writer’s Museum

The museum presents 3 collections named after Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson with personal objects, manuscripts, photographs, possessions and, of course, books.


Indeed, rain or any form of bad weather should not spoil your plans when you visit Edinburgh. As weather is sometimes beyond what we can control, it’s good to know that there are alternative things to see or do in the city. All you need to do is stay positive, and have this list handy.