Newingtonis easy to fall in love with. Vibrant and leafy, this residential area is a 20 minutes walk from Edinburgh Roayl Mile. The Victorian architecture and the many independent restaurants and boutiques give Newington a charming and relaxing feel, without all the tourists piling down like in the city centre.This area starts directly beyond the Old Town (where the Royal Mile is) were attractions, bars and restaurants congregate. The Meadows are its beautiful "back garden" and the city centre is within easy walking distance.

What are the best things to do that only locals know about?

1.Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants


Newington has fantastic cafes, pubs and restaurants that will suit anyone. From the cheap and cheerful to the refined culinary experience and relaxing places.

Apiary Restaurant - is ideal if you want a cozy place and great food. Dishes are original and will never cease to surprise you.

August_21 Coffee House - is our favourite. The interior is atmospheric, great service and superb cakes!

The Old Bell Inn - serves traditional style Scottish pub food, with a great atmosphere and nice locals to chat with.

2.Outdoor and Indoor Sport Activities


Enjoy the many activities available around Newington, from walks, sight-seeing, sport and picnics.

Golf - if you like golf or want to give it a try, then Newington is the right place to go. Go to Prestonfield Golf Club for some professional golfing or go to Bruntsfield Links for a laid-back game.

Arthur's Seat & Holyrood Park - are a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. This fantastic site is a great place for a small hike, and you will be rewarded with a breath-taking view!

The Meadows - is a beautiful green space to relax, have a lovely pick-nick, play, go for a run or walk. There are many lovely cafes.

Commonwealth Pool - is a great leisure & sport center, with a gym and many activities for the young ones.

3.Summerhall and the best place to visit in Edinburgh


Summerhall - is a multi-arts complex and events venue. Is home of Edinburgh Science Festival, Edinburgh International Magic Festival and a Gin distillery. It is place of many art exhibitions and music shows, making it a great place to visit all-year-round.

Pickering Gin Distillery - was named the best visitor attraction in Edinburgh 2017 by VisitScotland. It is a fascinating place to visit and learn old traditions around this lovely and unique distillery.


Newington is a very special place in Edinburgh, rich of local history and many things to see and do. Why don't you come and visit this area?

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