Edinburgh Visitors Guide

Whether you're visiting Edinburgh for the first time or have travelled to Scotland's capital city before, there's always something new to do or see in this city steeped in history.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and has a population of around 450,000 people. The city of Edinburgh used to be referred to as "Auld Reekie" in days gone by due to the smokey atmosphere which spread through the city. In contrast to the past, Edinburgh is now a very clean and modern city combining stunning Georgian buildings with a selection of the most contemporary architecture in the United Kingdom, a good example of new style architecture is the new Scottish Parliament building which is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile opposite Holyrood Palace.

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Top Edinburgh Attractions

The Edinburgh International Festival
Once a year in August, Edinburgh becomes the host to thousands of visitors who come to watch the worlds best performing arts. Performances on offer include serious theatre, hilarious comedians, beer gardens and even street performances. During this time there is a lot of other activity in the city including the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square.

Edinburgh Castle
This historic castle is sited high above the city on an inactive volcano. Tours of this flagship attraction are available to visitors throughout the year and are very interesting, giving a lot of insight on Edinburgh's grizzly past. Cover your ears for the one 'o' clock gun though!

Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is home to a huge selection of animals and features special events like the Penguin Parade or Hilltop Safari. You'll find Edinburgh Zoo in the Murrayfield area of the city.

Mary King's Close
If you're feeling brave and want to experience some of Edinburgh's infamous history, Mary King's Close is a great place to get started. You'll need to keep a keen eye open for any ghosts or ghouls though! Located on Cockburn Street, this attraction is open all year round.

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