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Five Secret Spots in Edinburgh to Visit

Written on August 07, 2020

Five Secret Spots in Edinburgh To Visit

As our walking tours in Edinburgh couldn't be further from traditional, we wanted to offer some additional secret spots to add to your next visit to Edinburgh. And if you'd like some reassurance about taking our tours at this difficult time, find out everything we're doing to safeguard our guides and our guests from COVID-19.

Dean Village

Edinburgh continually ranks among travellers’ top cities to visit, not just in the UK, or even Europe, but globally. The city is vibrant, picturesque, and feels strangely timeless. This is why it has long been known as ‘the Athens of the North’. But if there’s one grumbling complaint that visitors often make of the city, it’s that they wish it was a little quieter, that the crowds were a little smaller. Who can blame them? Haven’t we all found ourselves in places of beauty and been jostled from our daydreams by a newly arrived tour group? Well, if you have felt this in Edinburgh — perhaps during festival season — think of Dean Village as an antidote. Once known as the ‘Water of Leith Village’, this residential area was the site of grain milling for over 800 years. A 30-minute walk from the centre of the city, the area is quaint, tranquil, and fairytale-esque.

Museum of Childhood

Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood was the world’s first museum dedicated to the subject. This fascinating museum evokes all the wonder and creativity of childhood through a collection of artefacts from between the 18th and 21st centuries. The museum began as the private collection of Edinburgh councillor, Patrick Murray. Today the museum can boast of having more than 60,000 items within their collection. Many facets of childhood experience are explored within the museum, such as schooldays, holidays, and children’s clothing. Multimedia elements help to immerse guests in exhibits. A Victorian street has lovingly been recreated and younger visitors can dress up and partake in games. One of the standout pieces is an enormous doll’s house that contains 2,000 tiny items across its 21 rooms; it has been so finely crafted that it even has functioning lighting and plumbing systems. While a teddy bear brought to Britain by a child refugee from the Kindertransport brings a moment of real poignancy. This carefully curated and well-maintained museum should not be overlooked.

The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh

Another overlooked place of serenity in Scotland’s capital city, the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is a place for reflection and leisure. Known locally simply as the Botanics, this enormous collection of plants dates back to 1670, making it the second oldest botanic gardens in Britain. Located in Inverleith, a suburb to the north of the city, the botanic gardens are easily reached on foot from the city centre, but far enough from the city’s main attractions to escape the crowds. This is a place to connect with nature and to allow your thoughts to float free in the calming environment. The site spans an impressive 70 acres, contains 10 glasshouses, and is home to over 100,000 plants. At a time when environmental issues are often at the forefront of our minds, it is deeply encouraging to witness the tender care that staff at the gardens put into their upkeep. From the Botanics, you will be able to enjoy marvellous views across the city, featuring the castle in all its glory.

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What should I do on a three-day trip to Glasgow?

Written on August 03, 2020

What should I do on a three-day trip to Glasgow?

As Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow has long been a favourite destination for those travelling in the UK. Though it can be overwhelming to know what to squeeze into your visit. We offer walking tours in Glasgow, all told from the perspective of people who used to be homeless on the city’s streets. We know the city very well and would like to help you make the most of your stay, so we have prepared the following itinerary of our personal recommendations for a 3-day trip to Glasgow.

For the first day, we recommend exploring Glasgow’s beautiful West End, which is famous for its leafy streets of iconic tenement buildings, excellent bars and eateries, spacious parks, and magical university campus.

On day 2, we recommend taking in some of the best attractions in the city centre and the Merchant City. You will have a busy day ahead of you, so be sure to stop for a delicious breakfast. The centre has options to meet all tastes, but an excellent starting point would be Gordon Street, just along from Glasgow Central Station. Here you will find some of the best coffee the city has to offer at the Riverhill Coffee Bar, and if you have a sweet tooth, Tantrum Doughnuts is just next door––two big favourites with the locals.

Reserve the final morning of your trip for a relaxing spot of shopping around the centre, then take a train over to Finnieston, an area which has seen a wealth of new businesses opening in recent years leading to it being named as one of the trendiest places to live in the UK. If eating in Finnieston, The Kelvingrove Cafe is an established favourite among foodies, while The Steamie Coffee Roasters is an excellent place to get your caffeine fix.

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Invisible Cities Is Back — Support Our Guides by Taking a Tour

Written on July 15, 2020

Everyone here at Invisible Cities is extremely happy to report that our tours are open again and that we can’t wait to show you around many of the UK’s most fascinating cities. The reopening of our tours is possible for two reasons:

Keeping Everyone Safe on an Invisible Cities Tour

If you need a little extra reassurance that everything is safe on our tours, we have outlined all of our safety measures in this video below.

Our safety measures include the following:

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Welcome Back!

Written on June 30, 2020

At Invisible Cities, we are "Good to Go" and ready to welcome you on our tours again!

Bookings for our tours are opened again and we cannot wait to welcome you all from July 13th, in any of our Invisible Cities!

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Black History in Our Cities- A message from our Founder

Written on June 12, 2020

The world is currently coming together to march and demonstrate its anger and outrage at the racism and discrimination black people are facing around the world. After the tragic murder of George Floyd in the USA, many have taken to the streets and social media to say loud and clear that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

"A collective failure to look the history of empire in the eye stops us from being the kind of country we could be" Guardian columnist Martin Kettle

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We're Hiring!

Written on June 09, 2020

Business Development Officer

Invisible (Manchester), part of Invisible Cities, has an exciting opportunity for a candidate to lead on the growth of our award-winning and socially conscious tours. We are seeking a pro-active, innovative individual to take on the role of Business Development Officer in Manchester for a period of 6 months, to be renewed upon review and funding availability. Working as part of the Invisible (Manchester) team, you will be responsible for obtaining new customers, retaining existing customers and winning new business opportunities in the area.

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