Planning to visit Edinburgh in Scotland? If so, VISIT-EDINBURGH.com can help.
Below you will find all the information and web links you are likely to need for your visit to Edinburgh, including travel options to reach Edinburgh, hotels and B&B accommodation, what to see and do in Edinburgh as well as other useful Edinburgh web guides and resources. All gathered here in one place - simple really, but hopefully useful.
How to Get There? TRAVEL TO EDINBURGH via Plane, Train & Automobile
By Plane: Edinburgh Airport is situated 6 miles from the city centre. For flight deals to and from Edinburgh, try the Skyscanner website.
By Train: For Edinburgh train tickets and timetables, use The Trainline website. Edinburgh is around 50 minutes by train from Glasgow, 90 minutes north from Newcastle and 4 hours 30 minutes from London by train.
By Coach: Use National Express, Citylink or Megabus.
Where to Stay? EDINBURGH HOTELS, B&Bs and Hostel Accommodation
- Try Booking.com for Edinburgh hotels, or use the search box below from HotelsCombined.com to find the best Edinburgh hotel deals from the best hotel companies:
- For backpacker hostels, try Hostelworld.com.
Why visit Edinburgh? SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS - What to See & Do
Edinburgh is one of Europe’s best city break destinations. Edinburgh Castle is one of the top attractions and a good place to start sightseeing. From here walking down the Royal Mile (aka the “High Street”) you will find the Scotch Whisky Experience, St Giles’ Cathedral, the Museum of Childhood, the Museum of Edinburgh, the People’s Story Museum, the Scottish Parliament and finally the Palace of Holyroodhouse right at the bottom. Other good city attractions include the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Yacht Britannia (in nearby Leith, 25 minutes away from the city centre by bus). Children will enjoy visits to Edinburgh Dungeon, Edinburgh Zoo (with pandas!) and Dynamic Earth.
Edinburgh is a very walkable city - ideal for walking tours such as the popular Ghost Walking tours. These take place every evening and are run by a number of companies, such as Mercat Tours. On a similar note, the Mary King’s Close tours are also recommended and will take you into Edinburgh’s hidden underground chambers with tales from days gone by.
If you do want to give your legs a rest, there are a number of double-decker sightseeing bus tours which are also popular with tourists.
And if you are more energetic, you could climb up Arthur’s Seat, a big hill visible from the city centre, providing great views - and some exercise. An easier option is climbing up Calton Hill (starting just beyond the eastern end of Princes Street). This also provides some great photo opportunities (like the one at the top of this page) and can be done in less than an hour.
Plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs can also be found in the city centre. Princes Street, George Street and the St James Shopping Centre (now under renovation) are good for your shopping needs. Popular shops along Princes Street include household names such as Marks and Spencer, Primark and House of Fraser. On the other side of Princes Street, take time out from spending your money and relax in Princes Street Gardens.
For drinking, pubs are rarely more than 5 minutes away from where you are standing. The Cowgate, Grassmarket, Lothian Road and and Rose Street and some areas that are worth considering for a night out.
For concerts, the bigger bands normally play in Glasgow, but see Tickets Scotland for the local gig information. If you like live stand-up comedy, head to The Stand. International Scottish rugby matches take place in the spring and autumn at Murrayfield Stadium.
A number of great festivals take place throughout the year as well, including the Fringe Festival throughout August (it’s the largest arts festival in the world!) and the popular Christmas and New Year Hogmanay Celebrations. Other festival information can be found HERE.
Lonely Planet’s list of sights and attractions in Edinburgh provides further details on what to see and do in Edinburgh while you are here.
Extras: MORE INFO, Resources & Useful Websites for EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and has a population of around 500,000 people.
For a city centre map of Edinburgh, click HERE.
For the latest weather forecast, see the BBC’s Edinburgh Weather guide.
Plenty more information on Edinburgh for visitors can be found at the official Edinburgh Tourism website and also Wikitravel’s Edinburgh Travel Guide.
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