Edinburgh City Breaks
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city and offers culture, beauty, excitement and entertainment to rival any major European city. A majestic blend of historic and innovative modern architecture, scenic parks and well-maintained streets, make it one of the most eye-catching cities in the world.
Visitors need only walk through the streets of Edinburgh to absorb its history and culture but its vast range of attractions make it something special. Be in awe of the breathtaking Edinburgh Castle, peruse the incredible range of museums and art galleries, boasting the likes of Monet and Van Gogh, or marvel at Nelson's Monument on Calton Hill, a tribute to Admiral Lord Nelson.
With a fairly compact city centre, Edinburgh is best explored on foot. Take a ghost walk around the narrow lanes and churchyards of Edinburgh's Old Town, the most renowned of which is Greyfriars Kirk, final resting place of that ever-faithful little dog, Greyfriars Bobby. Enjoy a journey into Scotland's past from pre-historic to present times at the Museum of Scotland or hop on board the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored in Leith.
The most popular time to visit Edinburgh is August, when the Edinburgh Festival Season gets into full swing. Presenting a world-class range of entertainment, performances and events, visitors can view stand-up comedy and emerging acts in alternative theatre at the Fringe Festival, or catch one of the high arts and classical performances at the International Festival. In contrast, the Edinburgh Military Tatoo held at the Castle is a stunning and colourful sight to behold.
Edinburgh also has some of the best shopping in the UK outside London, offering a comprehensive range of shops for all tastes and budgets, from indoor shopping malls to prestigious designer stores such as Harrods and Jenners. Equally, unsurpassed in terms of nightlife, the city simply buzzes with excitement every night. A range of stylish bars, cafes, and restaurants, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs offer the ideal adventure in the most scenic of backdrops.
Edinburgh is a city ready for exploring, offering culture, nightlife, entertainment and history all crammed into one magnificent setting. For further details of the city's many attractions contact the Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board. All enquiries are dealt with by the national contact centre at visitscotland.com.