1. The best park in the city is essentially in your back garden View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com If it’s sunny, take advantage of the many beautiful green spaces in Edinburgh, like the Meadows. This might be a great place to cure your Welcome Week hangovers with new-found-friends! 2. Check out an unforgettable view View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com When people say you should go up Arthur’s Seat, they mean it. Not only is it a great workout, but the view at the top is so worth the walk. Get your camera at the ready – you’ll want to capture it. 3. Get lost in this beautiful city View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @mossybraefairies / Via instagram.com Do dedicate one day to simply walking around. Getting lost is the best way to discover Edinburgh. The Royal Mile has endless closes (narrow streets and passages leading down to either sides of the High Street). You might even find some great shortcuts that you can use to save precious time! We hope we don’t need to tell you to stop by Edinburgh Castle… If you prefer more guidance and background information about the city, go on a Free Edinburgh Walking Tour. 4. Indulge in amazing places to eat and drink View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @alisymington / Via instagram.com Welcome Week parties will likely wear you out – make sure to recharge by getting fantastic brunch or some pub grub as Edinburgh has an incredible range of cafes, restaurants and bars. Head to Teviot for the ultimate nachos and also just to see a bar, in a library! Check out Mimi’s Bakehouse for something sweet, Hendersons for its great vegetarian menu, Mums Great Comfort Food if you want a treat that takes you right back home or Snax Café for great hangover fry-ups. 5. Head to the shore View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @rachel91 / Via instagram.com Grab a bus down to Leith or Portobello. Unsurprisingly, living in city centre sometimes makes you forget we live by the sea! Try out some amazing seafood and have a walk along the beach. 6. Be a culture vulture View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Do a mini museum tour. With lots to choose from, we recommend starting with the National Museum of Scotland. If you’re more into the arts, pay a visit to the National Galleries to absorb some resident masterpieces and visiting exhibitions. 7. Learn about literature (while at the pub) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @aussieholly / Via instagram.com Join the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour! Whether or not you’re interested in literature (or pubs), this is one of the city’s best walking tours that will move you across three hundred years of history! 8. Take a hike View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @vintageoldretro / Via instagram.com If you’re one for nature, take a bus down to The Pentland Hills Regional Park and choose from the several hiking routes with great scenery! 9. Find a secret garden View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sueshields_art / Via instagram.com Edinburgh is full of crooked, winding streets, and if you keep wandering sooner or later you'll stumble upon one of the city's many stunning close gardens. Dunbar Close and Sandeman House Garden are two particular gems, perfect for some rest and relaxation at the end of Welcome Week. 10. Check out quirky shops View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Whether you are searching for the perfect fancy dress costume, or hunting for some stylish stationary to start your studies with, there are plenty of one-off boutiques in Edinburgh to start bargain hunting. Armstrong's are particularly good for rooting out vintage clothing, and Victoria Street is blessed with many tiny outlets selling craft goods, unusual jewelry, and artistic prints.