Edinburgh: memorable and beautiful city
Quick facts about Edinburgh
Edinburgh is the capital and second largest city of Scotland, sitting in the Central Belt of the country. It has an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical houses and medieval Old Town, with Edinburgh Castle, home to the crown jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny used in Scottish rulers’ coronations.
Medieval palaces, Gothic churches and historical buildings are mixed together with modern architecture, such as the Houses of Scottish Parliament and the renovated National Museum of Scotland.
Lined with stores selling souvenirs, clan tartans and famous local whisky, the Royal Mile leads from Edinburgh castle to Holyrood Palace, an official royal residence from the 16th century.
Edinburgh also has lively nightlife, with numerous pubs, restaurants, bars, cafes and live performances. In one of cafes, The Elephant House, J. K. Rowling wrote many chapters of her book series of Harry Potter. She was definitely inspired by the city and its medieval charm.
Main attractions in Edinburgh
Top things to do in Edinburgh
Apart from attractions we listed, we can recommend several other things to do in Edinburgh.
Depending on your time and budget, we also recommend day tours outside of Edinburgh so you can visit some other attractions, castles and lochs: Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Day, The Kelpies, Loch Lomond, and Stirling Castle Day Tour or Alnwick Castle, Northumberland and the Borders Tour. Check on Edinburgh destination page for more options.
Festivals and events in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has very active festival scene, and there are many events, especially in summer. Here is some top recommendations:
Edinburgh International Science Festival (April), Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (May-June), Jazz & Blues Festival (July), Edinburgh Art Festival (July-August), The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August), Edinburgh International Book Festival (August), Scotland’s International Storytelling Festival (October) and several festival and events during Christmas and New Year’s.
Interesting facts about Edinburgh
Edinburgh is home to the world’s only royally knighted penguin. His name is Sir Nils Olav, a King Penguin and is residing in Edinburgh Zoo.
Edinburgh is the first city in the world to have organized fire service.
The Balmoral Clock on Princes Street is always showing time three minutes ahead so commuters can get in time to their ride.
Best time to fly to Edinburgh
The peak season for flights to Edinburgh is June, July and August. The low season for purchasing tickets is February, March and May.
Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Direct flights to Edinburgh are offered by 13 airlines.
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