Travel to Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is as ancient as it is rainy.

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About Edinburgh

Home to the world’s largest art festival, Edinburgh is a popular tourism destination that attracts over 1 million tourists a year. The city is filled with stunning historical monuments like ‘Edinburgh Castle’ and ‘Holyrood Palace’. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known as a centre of education in fields like medicine, engineering and sciences. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital and the 7th most populous city in the United Kingdom.

Things to Do in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle

Built on an impressive castle rock that’s a part of an old extinct volcano, the Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress that offers guided and audio tours. Visitors can also enjoy snacks and meals at ‘Queen Anne Tea Room’ located at the top of the castle.

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

A six-floor tower and one of the oldest attractions in the UK, the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions holds various children-friendly attractions including mirror mazes, vortex tunnels, optical illusions, and the Camera Obscura where visitors can a enjoy a virtual tour of the city.

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Mary King's Close

The Mary Kings Close is an award-winning 5-star attraction that is guaranteed to be a haunting once-in-a-lifetime experience. Today, visitors can enjoy guided tours inside the walls of the alleyway that opened its doors to the public in 2003.

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Surgeons' Hall Museums

The Surgeons' Hall Museums are award-winning public museums that showcases one of the United Kingdom's largest and most historic pathology collections. The Surgeons' Hall Museums key collections include the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and the Dental Collection.

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Edinburgh Zoo

Established in 1913, the Edinburgh Zoo was the world's first zoo to house and breed penguins. It's also Britain's only zoo to house giant pandas and koalas. The zoo welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually.

Restaurants in Edinburgh

Chop House Leith

Beirut

A Lebanese restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, great service, and delicious shawarma!

Chop House Leith

The Table Restaurant

A unique dining experience with ten seats, two chefs, and one table.

Chop House Leith

Fishers

Looking for a relaxing dining experience with succulent seafood and outstanding service? Head straight to Fishers.

Chop House Leith

Chop House Leith

Chop House Leith is the place to be if you're craving a juicy steak cooked over an open-flamed charcoal grill.

Chop House Leith

Mimi's Bakehouse

Mimi's Bakehouse is where you indulge in some of Edinburgh's top cupcakes, traybakes, and cheesecakes!

Shopping in Edinburgh

Jenners

Located in Edinburgh's Princes Street, Jenners is one of Scotland's oldest department stores. It's a popular shopping destination due to the great architecture and variety of shops. It's also a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee with a breathtaking view.

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Ocean Terminal

Ocean Terminal

Ocean Terminal is a three-story shopping mall with various clothing stores such as Debenhams and H&M, restaurants like Costa and Wagamama, a fully-equipped gym, and a cinema.

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park

Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park

Established in 1989, the Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park is a large open-air retail park. The shopping park has various dining outlets, a seven-screen cinema and a play area for children.

Waverley Mall

Waverley Mall

Found within a walking distance from the Waverly Station, the Waverley Mall is a cosy shopping mall that offers a variety of clothing stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Stockbridge Market

Stockbridge Market

If you're a fan of food stalls, craft stalls and the outdoors, you'll enjoy visiting the Stockbridge Market. Fresh foods, jewellery, flowers, and baked goods are just a few of the items you can get at the Stockbridge Market.

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If you're into art festivals, make sure to visit the city in August because that's when Edinburgh's 'The Fringe' festival takes place. The festival is the world's largest art festival with more than 50,000 performances in over 300 venues.

Best time to visit Edinburgh

spring

April to May

temperature
11° to 24°C

April to May is the best time to visit Edinburgh if you want to avoid the long queues, the crowded attractions, and the overpriced accommodations while still enjoying the great weather.

Edinburgh facts

Languages

English

Currency

Pound sterling (GBP)

Transportation

Trams and buses

Population

492,680

Landmark

Murrayfield Stadium

Airports

Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

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