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Edinburgh (map) is the capital city of Scotland. It is the second-largest financial centre in the United Kingdom, and the city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the UK’s second-most visited tourist destination.

Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle (map), the Palace of Holyroodhouse (map), the churches of St. Giles (map), Greyfriars (map) and the Canongate (map). Edinburgh’s Old Town (map) and New Town (map) together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is also known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world’s largest annual international arts festival.

Also сheck оut мore info: Top AttractionsEdinburgh’s 101 Objects

Walking should always be your first choice within central Edinburgh. The centre is compact – most of the sights and major tourist attractions are within the Old Town (mainly around the Castle and Royal Mile) and New Town. Walking along elegant or atmospheric streets is one of the pleasures of the city.

Edinburgh’s *Old Town (map) – medieval heart along the *Royal Mile (map), which runs from the Edinburgh Castle (map) to Palace of Holyroodhouse (map). Most of the really famous sites are in this area.

*New Town (map). The other half of the city centre is the Georgian (late 18th century) New Town. The commercial heart of the city, this is what shopaholics make a beeline for, as do artists and photographers who want to get their share of some of the smartest and most beautiful buildings in the country.

Most museums are in the Old Town including the large National Museum of Scotland (map), the Museum of Childhood (map) and the People’s Story Museum (map). The national art galleries are the National Gallery of Scotland (map) and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery (map) in the New Town, and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (map) in West Edinburgh.

Also of note are the City Art Centre (map), the Fruitmarket Gallery (map) and Stills (map) in the Old Town. Furthermore, there are a number of independent galleries in the St Stephen Street Stockbridge (map) and Dundas Street (map) area of New Town.

Edinburgh Doors Open Day is an annual event, co-ordinated by the Cockburn Association, where many important and/or historic buildings across the city open up their doors to the public at no charge. Many of the buildings are not normally accessible so this can present a unique opportunity to see some of the city’s lesser-known architectural marvels. It usually takes place on the last weekend in September.

Victoria Street (map) is a nice street which is well worth a visit. You can find colourful buildings and interesting boutiques which are worth having a look at. Victoria Street also leads onto the Grassmarket (map), a street which gives stunning views of the castle, which dominates right over it, and is also full of interesting and nice shops, as well as several pubs and restaurants. The Grassmarket is definitely well worth visiting.

Edinburgh becomes overwhelmingly crowded (accommodation-wise) during the main festival periods of high summer (August to early September) and Hogmanay (around New Year’s Day/1 January). Visitors at these times should plan well ahead for booking central accommodation and event tickets at these times.


#1 Glastonbury

In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Useful information.

#2 Visit Edinburgh

Our article about the city of Edinburgh. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

#3 Fringe Festival

The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances.

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in Great Britain.

Transport for Edinburgh / Download App

TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting Around Edinburgh (edinburgh.org) • GETTING AROUND SCOTLAND (visitscotland.com) • Getting around Britain (visitbritain.com).

BUS: Lothian BusesFirst Group – buses around the city and suburbs. National Express | UK Stop finder

TRAIN: The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country.

AIRPORT: Edinburgh Airport – from / to the airport > Airlink100. airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London HeathrowLondon Gatwick and Manchester Airport.

FERRY: There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Entertaining Edinburgh – Forever Edinburgh Cutdown.

From intimate gigs to world renowned festivals, whatever the time of year, #Edinburgh sure knows how to put on a show! So, get your glad rags on and come and experience memories that’ll last a lifetime. 🎭 💃 #Forever Edinburgh.

video source: Edinburgh / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

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Ways to visit the UK. Visit for tourism, business or a short stay (up to 6 months), airport transit visas. + Visa & Entry (visitbritain.com)

Visit London.

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NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.