Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland; is a huge and historical place. City-breaks to Edinburgh have long been considered as an inexpensive way to get away from it all without having to travel too far. This expansive city has plenty on offer both during the day and at night, and has a fascinating history and rich culture. Still the perfect location for city-breaks and short romantic getaways, you’ll discover a wide range of things to see and do in this impressively large city. There’s a curious blend of history and contemporary culture, from the remarkable Edinburgh Castle to the café culture, arts, performances and vibrant nightlife. Over the summer you’ll see the wide range of arts and culture Edinburgh offers during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the city brims with comedy and stage performances. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh’s landscapes combine the stunning Scottish countryside with the old town’s medieval castles and buildings all overlooking the sea. The weather usually hits moderate temperatures of around 22˚C in summer. Edinburgh is considered a windy city due to its proximity to the sea and sees an even amount of rainfall throughout the year.
Edinburgh’s road system is a little complex for first-time visitors to get their head around. A hatchback or small family car will help to drive around the Old Town and other popular parts of the city.
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Important things to note
It’s advisable to exercise a good level of personal security and be aware of pickpockets or other petty crimes, such as bag or wallet snatching.
There are some areas of Edinburgh that are best avoided, especially at night. It’s generally recommended to avoid crossing the park between Marchmont and the Old Town after sundown.
Stay cautious when walking through the western end of Princes Street during weekend evenings, as crowds tend to be rowdy after pub-closing time.
Highlights & Hotspots
A visit to Edinburgh Castle is a must during any stay in Edinburgh. Learn the fascinating history of this impressive castle that has served as a defence against countless armies for centuries. The Scottish Crown Jewels, known as The Honours; also have a permanent residence here.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh is the impressive Royal Yacht Britannia. Formally the Royal Family’s home on the sea, the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997. On the tour you’ll be able to explore the interior of the ship where The Queen travelled; even her bedroom, accompanied by 45 members of the royal household.
Experiencing Edinburgh by night with an eerie and haunted ghost tour through the streets is also highly recommended. During this walking tour, your ghoulish guide will tell you the frightening tales of murder, mystery and witchcraft as you’re led through the backstreets of the Old Town.
A trip to Edinburgh Zoo is a perfect day out for all the family. Here you’ll see a wide range of animals, from Siberian tigers to the two giant Pandas who have resided here since late 2011.
Edinburgh Airport is located approximately five miles from Edinburgh city centre and is accessible via the M8 Motorway. It has flights to destinations across the UK and Europe.