A Guide to Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s beauty is both staggering and inimitable – but the city is far more than just a pretty face. Take a closer look and there’s much more to discover. Our shopping ranges from the world’s best luxury names to local independent talent just waiting to be discovered. Our food, be it Michelin-starred or pop-up street-food markets with award-winning chefs, is mouthwateringly delicious. From the rich – sometimes hidden – history that surrounds your every step, to the wealth of lush, green spaces peppered around the city centre, Edinburgh continually surprises, delights and inspires. Join us and find out why there’s nowhere in the world quite like Scotland’s capital.

Edinburgh has been inhabited since the Bronze Age; its first settlement can be traced to a hillfort established in the area, most likely on the castle rock. Here are just a few areas that form part of Edinburgh’s rich heritage

From pandas to pop-art and dinosaurs to Dolly the Sheep, Edinburgh boasts art galleries, museums, parks and much more, all within easy reach in the UK’s most walkable city. Take an early morning walk on Portobello beach

Edinburgh has been at the heart of Scotland’s history for centuries. No visit would be complete without a trip to Edinburgh Castle, standing proud atop an ancient volcanic plug overlooking the city. There’s history around every corner in the Old and New Towns, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the story of Scotland at the National Museum of Scotland.

Many fascinating stories await visitors to the Lothians. Discover how John Muir, the visionary naturalist, was inspired to create the National Parks movement, explore the real connections with the Knights Templar at Rosslyn Chapel made famous in The Da Vinci Code, or hear how the Industrial Revolution affected the coal mining industry at the National Mining Museum Scotland.

In the Forth Valley you’ll find historic Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument, built to commemorate Scotland’s national hero Sir William Wallace. Falkirk’s fascinating history includes the building of the Roman Antonine Wall and two of Scotland’s most important canals, while Clackmannanshire’s famous tower houses stand as testament to the area’s popularity with members of the Royal Court at Stirling.

Shopping in Edinburgh

Shopping in Edinburgh

From the grandeur of Jenners – the oldest department store in Scotland – to the absolute indulgence of Harvey Nichols and Multrees Walk, there’s plenty to choose from. The secondhand emporia of Stockbridge or the fine art and antique showrooms in the New Town await your magpie eye, whilst original stores and independent boutiques in the West End and Grassmarket offer creative and unusual wares to tempt and excite you.

Eating in Edinburgh

With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, including four Michelin stars, Edinburgh has a wealth of fantastic places to eat and drink. A stroll along The Shore will take you to both Martin Wishart’s and Tom Kitchin’s gastronomical experiences. Elsewhere, there are supper clubs, pop-up restaurants, even ‘collaborative feasts’ – just a snapshot of the cordon bleu cookery that’s on your doorstep and round every corner in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Pass

With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, including four Michelin stars, Edinburgh has a wealth of fantastic places to eat and drink. A stroll along The Shore will take you to both Martin Wishart’s and Tom Kitchin’s gastronomical experiences. Elsewhere, there are supper clubs, pop-up restaurants, even ‘collaborative feasts’ – just a snapshot of the cordon bleu cookery that’s on your doorstep and round every corner in Edinburgh, a cosmopolitan city that loves its grub.

Your Edinbrugh City Pass is valid for one, two, or three days and includes free entry to 17 handpicked attractions plus intimate, memorable local tours, many with local guides who can spin the best stories this side of Robert Louis Stevenson. You also receive your Inside Edinburgh Guide with map, local tips galore and offers to make sure you get the very most from your trip. The Edinburgh City Pass is a winner for all ages, a great way to save money and time, and your portal to a city you never knew existed.

Buy it here – http://www.edinburghcitypass.com/

Festivals in Edinburgh

Home to so many fantastic cultural attractions, it’s unsurprising that Edinburgh is globally recognised as one of the most vibrant, beautiful and interesting cities in the world. The first city in the world to be named a UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh offers so many opportunities to spend a day immersing yourself in its rich literary heritage on one of the city’s popular tours. From major galleries and museums, to theatre, comedy and music, there are discoveries to be made around every corner, and a year long calendar of exciting festivals and events to suit all tastes and ages.

Festivals in Edinburgh

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