Edinburgh on Sunday

Our full day in Edinburgh will fall on a Sunday. Will this be a problem? Are attractions and shops closed on Sundays? We will be traveling there in July. Also, do you have any recommendations on where to stay in Edinburgh? We would like to stay on or near the Royal Mile. We will have a rental car so we will need parking. Once in Edinburgh we will be walking everywhere, but we just need to be able to park the car for our two night stay.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3300 posts

You shouldn't have any trouble. Edinburgh is a very tourist oriented city and so is open on the week ends. It's not like the Outer Hebrides where you have religion deciding when things are open. And even there, it's no where near as bad as it used to be. The ferries now run on Sunday to Stornoway. : ) Think about trying to plan your trip so that you don't get your car until you are ready to leave Edinburgh. You won't drive the car while you are in the city. Edinburgh is not a big city, so you can stay a bit off the Royal Mile and still be there in 5-10 minutes. If you do have the car, you'll find it easier to stay a bit further off. Look in the Dalkeith area. I've often stayed near the Royal Botanic Gardens. My hotel was able to tell me where I could park the car on the street at no charge. That was the Inverleith. Pam

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
773 posts

Also since you are in Scotland and not puritanical England, the shops will be open for a full day rather that 6 hours.

Posted by Rose
NYC
922 posts

Haha! I thought it was because the English are less interested in keeping the shops open to make more money than they are in going to or watching the football.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
773 posts

It took 27 attempts to get the limited Sunday opening passed in England. One of the failures was the only Commons defeat for Margaret Thatcher.