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Inside the East Lothian village crowned the 'ultimate' staycation spot for 2023

Haddington has been crowned the "ultimate" staycation spot in Scotland for 2023.

Online searches for the term 'Haddington holiday cottages' have skyrocketed by 100 per cent in the last year as more and more people opt for local holidays to save money amid the cost of living crisis, according to the Lottie, a care home search service.

The East Lothian village has lots to offer, and it's no surprise that it is such a popular location for a holiday. From its historic buildings like St Mary's Church and St Martin's Kirk to unique shops and activity centres, it truly offers something for everybody.

Read on for our top 10 Haddington highlights you need to check out if heading to the picturesque East Lothian town.

John Gray Centre

The best place to start is the John Gray Centre in the heart of the town, which includes an East Lothian museum, a library, and a local history centre together all in one place.

It also has temporary exhibition galleries as well as the East Lothian Archives, so there is plenty to keep you occupied.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church is breathtaking (Stephencdickson)

Just a short walk from Haddington town centre is St Mary's Parish Church which was constructed almost 700 years ago. The church, which was renovated in the 1970s, is located on the banks of the River Tyne, and is stunning inside and out.

Jabberwocky Soft Play

If you're travelling to Haddington with kids, you need to check out Jabberwocky as its dragon-themed soft play centre will undoubtedly keep them entertained. While they're solving puzzles and having fun, adults can enjoy some food and drink at the café.

Lennoxlove House

This is a historic house that is the Ancestral home of the Duke of Hamilton — and is suitably grand. It is home to a stunning art collection, featuring one-of-a-kind portraits, fine furniture, and ceramics.

Nungate Bridge

The Nungate Bridge is one of Haddington's highlights (John Lawson, Belhaven / Getty Images)

Nungate Bridge is one of the oldest in the country, dating back to the 16th century. The stunning bridge has a rather dark history, however as it was used to restrain and hang criminals in centuries gone by.

Haddington Golf Club

If you're a golfer, then this one is a no-brainer as the Haddington Golf Club is one of the oldest in the world. It is located in a peaceful walled environment, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a game.

Byre's Hill and Hopetoun Monument

The top of the Hopetoun Monument offers stunning views (Jonathan Oldenbuck)

Situated on Byres Hill near Haddington, the Hopetoun Monument dominates the nearby skyline. If you head there on a clear day, the views from the top over the Firth of Forth & Fife and the Lammermuir Hills are truly stunning.

Amisfield Walled Garden

This is one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland and dates back to the late 18th century.

Featuring extensive herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable beds, and a wildflower meadow, it's no surprise that it is becoming more and more popular among tourists.

The Cheese Lady

No trip to Haddington would be complete without a visit to The Cheese Lady, an award-winning cheesemonger found in the centre of town. The shop sources quality artisanal cheeses, with a focus on sustainability.

St Martin's Kirk

The square holes at St Martin's Kirk remain a mystery (M J Richardson / Norman arch of St Martin's Kirk, Haddington)

It is estimated that St Martin's Kirk was constructed in the 1100s, and is believed to be one of the earliest surviving parish kirks in Scotland. The ruins are worth visiting just to see the strange square holes in the walls that even today have historians stumped.

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