City Spotlight: Edinburgh

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City Spotlight: Edinburgh

Will you be spending Disabled Access Day in Edinburgh? The Scottish capital is one of our hub cities this year with over 20 venues taking part across the city. There are so many events and offers taking place that you’ll be truly spoilt for choice!

If you’re still deciding which venues to try out, or wondering how you can make the most out of your day, check out this itinerary we’ve created which will keep you occupied with exciting activities all day long!

Photograph of a wheelchair user at the Botanics with her dog

10-11.30am: Explore the great outdoors at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Kick off the day at Edinburgh’s flagship Disabled Access Day event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Garden will be offering free entry to their glasshouses (normal price £5.50), so you can take a wander around tropical palm trees and exotic flowers and completely forget that you’re in (rainy) Scotland!

Also, you can join a guided tour of the gardens, or have a go at planting your own seeds (it is National Plant A Flower day as well on 12th March!). Find out more details about these events and booking information on their event page.

Photograph of a wheelchair user trying out Lothian Buses

After you’ve explored the gardens, there’s not far to go to get to the next event! If you want to gain confidence using your local public transport, Lothian Buses’ try it out event could be just the ticket! They will have a vehicle stationed at the Botanic Garden, so you can take your time and practice manoeuvring on and off the bus. Staff will be on hand to offer advice and assistance, and help with any questions or concerns you might have about using the buses.

Photograph of a Disabled Access Day arrow pointing at a cup of coffee in Caffè Nero

12-1pm: Take a break at Caffé Nero

It’s been a busy morning, so head to Caffè Nero for a well-earned rest and a bite to eat! Caffé Nero on Multrees Walk, makes a great stop off for a lunch break, and as a bonus you can even get your hands on a free handcrafted coffee (at selected Caffé Nero stores). Just make sure that you sign up to our newsletter in order to claim this great offer.

To get there, you can travel in one of Central Taxis’ 465 wheelchair accessible vehicles, or, if the Lothian buses demonstration inspired you, hop on the number 8 from Inverleith Row opposite the Botanic Garden.

Promotional photograph for the Crucible Play of a lady's eyes

Option 1: 1.30-3.00pm: Discover the secret history of Edinburgh on a Mercat Tour

Want to know more about Edinburgh’s history? Mercat Tours are running a 2 for 1 offer on their “Secrets of the Royal Mile” tour, which departs at 1.30pm from Mercat Cross (Parliament Square) on the High Street, about a 10 minute walk from Caffè Nero.

The tour will take you down Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, where you will learn about the royalty, writers, philosophers and everyday folk who’ve shaped Edinburgh’s fascinating history.

For more information on the tours, and how to book your ticket, take a look at their event page.

Photograph of people on a Mercat Tour

Option 2: 2.00-4.00pm: Catch a show at The Royal Lyceum Theatre

If the warm indoors is calling you then head over to The Royal Lyceum Theatre, which is just off Lothian Road. The theatre is around twenty minutes away if you head down Princes Street, or alternatively you can catch the 10 or 16 from North David Street and get off at the Usher Hall on Lothian Road.

For Disabled Access Day, the theatre will be offering a captioned performance of The Crucible, so sit back, relax, and enjoy Arthur Miller’s classic American play about the Salem witch trials. To make sure you don’t miss out on this great event, find out how to book your ticket on their Euan’s Guide event page.

Photograph of a door in the Scottish Gallery

3.30-5pm: Get Cultural at Scottish National Gallery

Don’t worry, there’s still time to fit in another attraction before dinner! The National Gallery of Scotland is home to an enormous collection of artwork from around the world. As well as Scottish artists, you can see paintings by the likes of Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet.

If you make it to the gallery earlier in the day, you can join a tour of the gallery’s highlights and find out about their programmes for hearing impaired visitors. You can find out more about their plans for the day on their event page.


And remember that these are only a few of the many great events and offers taking place in Edinburgh - there are many more opportunities for you to get out there and try something new on Disabled Access Day. Check out our Edinburgh Pinterest board to find out what else is on, or take a look at our website for the full ‘what’s on’ guide.