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Edinburgh is famous for its Royal Mile, which connects two of the city's most important attractions, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. The city is also home to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Murrayfield, the home of Scottish Rugby.

Why go?

From ghost hunts in the ancient alleys to designer shopping in Princes Street, Edinburgh is a diverse and exciting destination... Read more

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is situated inland from a large estuary on the east coast of Scotland, known as the Firth of Forth.

As well as attractions such as the Royal Mile and Holyrood House, you can visit lovely Princes Street Gardens, a public park set in a valley between the Old and New Towns. The gardens sit in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, which is another popular destination for visitors.

Edinburgh city centre is within easy reach of many Scottish attractions. If you want to experience fresh air, healthy exercise and the beautiful countryside around Edinburgh, you could try hiking or mountain biking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, just outside the city. The Royal Yacht Britannia, now a museum, is moored at Leith, just a mile from the city centre. If you fancy a trip further afield, Glasgow is less than 50 miles west of Edinburgh and Loch Ness is about 100 miles to the north.

Visitors to Edinburgh might also be able to enjoy Britain's most famous military parade, Trooping the Colour, in addition to a tour of the Scottish Parliament and a trip to Calton Hill.

The best time to visit Edinburgh is during the summer months of June, July and August, when average maximum temperatures are around 17 or 18 degrees Celsius. Most of the festivals for which Edinburgh is famous, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Art and Comedy Festival and, of course, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take place during these months.

Where to stay?

Stay in Old Town, New Town, or on the city outskirts - there are many hotels in Edinburgh to choose from... Read more

Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh's New Town. It is home to many of the luxury four-star and five-star hotels to be found in the city. Edinburgh hotels are spread throughout the city and all the major hotel chains, including Best Western, Hilton, Marriot and Sheraton, are represented.

If you're on a budget or booking at the last minute, university halls of residence, such as Pollock Halls, offer affordable bed and breakfast accommodation.

What to see?

There are many highlights in this beautiful and ancient city, from great testaments to times gone by to modern family pleasers... Read more

Scotland's stunning capital is crammed with things to see and do. Add to your own list of highlights when you visit Edinburgh.

Top five attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Impressive Edinburgh Castle is a must-see when visiting the city. Highlights include the rooms of the Royal Palace, St Margaret's Chapel, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

The National Museum of Scotland

Whether you want to see the life-sized skeleton cast of a T.rex, 100-year old planetarium or just to admire the many artefacts from around the globe, the National Museum of Scotland promises an interesting and informative day out.

Edinburgh Zoo

With more than 1,000 animals, as well as attractions, events and activities, Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out for all the family.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Established in 1670, Edinburgh's beautiful botanic gardens let visitors escape the chaos of the city with more than 70 acres of landscaped gardens, glass houses and a rich collection of plants and flowers.

Mary King's Close

Visit the eerie underground streets of Mary King's Close, underneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Myth and mystery surround these 400-year-old streets and a costumed guide will take you on a tour to explore this underground world.


What's on?

Edinburgh is famous as the festival capital of Europe and, as such, hotels in Edinburgh tend to be booked well in advance... Read moreFrom extravagant carnivals to full-moon parties, religious processions to music festivals, there is plenty going on year-round in Cape Verde. Here are some options...

It's wise to book Edinburgh hotels early when these popular annual events take place. Summer and New Year are particularly busy, though the city hosts a packed and varied cultural calendar so there's something worth seeing whenever you visit.

Events

Edinburgh International Festival; August-September; throughout the city: The world's biggest arts festival runs over three weeks from August to early September. Soak up the unique and vibrant atmosphere that infiltrates the city around this time and experience opera, music, theatre and dance.

Foodies Festival; August; Inverleith Park: Pop-up restaurant tents, drinks master classes, demonstrations by Michelin-starred chefs and a children's cookery theatre are just some of the highlights of the Foodies Festival - a must for anyone who loves their grub.

Hogmanay; December 31; city centre: If you're looking for the ultimate New Year's Eve party then you won't go far wrong with Hogmanay in Edinburgh. This three-day celebration includes a torchlight procession, ceilidh, street party and spectacular fireworks display.