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Handsome and historic, but with thriving, modern culture and nightlife scenes, Edinburgh is an exciting city break destination. Known for holding the world’s largest arts festival every year, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and for its lively Hogmanay celebrations, there’s always something going on in Scotland’s capital.
The historical highlights tour of Edinburgh has plenty of Royal action. Start at Edinburgh Castle, which lies at one end of the cobbled Royal Mile and overlooks the city from the top of a dramatic extinct volcano. The Honours of Scotland, the oldest crown jewels in Britain, are inside the impressive fortress. The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is also in Edinburgh.
Prefer to get active? There are plenty of outdoor attractions to discover on your city break. Plan a walk up another extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, for 360-degree views of the city. Less challenging walks can be found in the Royal Botanic Gardens, one mile north of the city centre. As well as having more than 100,000 plants, the gardens make a great spot to admire the city skyline.
If unreliable weather sends you inside, you may fancy a wee dram of whisky to warm up. You can learn all about Scotland’s most famous drink in the Scotch Whisky Experience attraction or check out the whisky menus in the city’s lively bars and pubs, where you can often party until late.
The city has a packed cultural calendar throughout the year too. And, even if you’re not visiting for the Edinburgh International Festival, it’s worth looking up what’s on at venues such as The Festival Theatre, the largest performance area in Scotland.
Readers young and old also have something to look forward to in Edinburgh – did you know that JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books here? If you’re a fan, pay a visit to The Elephant House cafe, where she’s said to have penned the stories about the world’s favourite wizard.
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