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Edinburgh Guide

DSC_0779Stunningly beautiful and brimming with culture, Edinburgh quenches the thirst of every travel personality. From history buffs to foodies, fashionistas to athletes, the charming Scottish capital has something for everyone.

Wondering where to start? Here’s our guide (a work in progress) on what to see and do in Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Sightseeing

A fascinating mix of old and new, Edinburgh is has its share of famous monuments and historic landmarks just waiting for you to explore.

Read our sightseeing guide to learn more about each of the city’s best attractions.

Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh certainly knows how to throw a party. The city plays hosts to a number of world class festivals each year, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe.

Visit our Edinburgh Festivals page for an overview of Edinburgh’s festivals – from Hogmanay to the famous Edinburgh Fringe.

Edinburgh With Kids

Planning a family holiday to Edinburgh? The city caters to all ages, and we happily offer kid-friendly accommodation.

Check out our page on things to do with kids and babies in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Sports

Sports fans and athletes, Edinburgh is your playground. From Scotland’s famous links golf courses to international rugby tournaments, SPL football and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, Edinburgh is brilliant for spectators and participants alike.

Read our guide to sporting events and arenas in Edinburgh.

Shopping in Edinburgh

From cosy independent book shops to luxury designer fashion, Edinburgh spans the shopping spectrum.

For tips on where to shop in the city, read our guide to shopping in Edinburgh.

Drinking in Edinburgh

Whether you’re looking for a cosy pub with plenty of real ales and whisky, or a modern cocktail bar with a view, Edinburgh is at your service.

For tips on Edinburgh’s best drinking establishments, read our guide to drinking in Edinburgh.

Eating in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s cuisine scene is as rich and varied as the city itself. Whether you’re after an immaculate Michelin-starred meal, some traditional Scottish pub grub or something a bit more exotic, your taste buds are in for a treat.

For tips on where to dine out in Edinburgh, read our guide to eating in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Nightlife

Sure, you’ve had a busy day sightseeing; but the pints are flowing, the music pumping, and sleep can wait! Edinburgh’s famous nightlife never disappoints. For a glamorous night out, head to the trendy bars and nightclubs of George Street in Edinburgh’s New Town. Or, for a more low-key night, stick to the Old Town, where cosy pubs and live music are in abundance.

Read our complete guide to Edinburgh nightlife.

Edinburgh Entertainment

Edinburgh’s reputation for arts and culture attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city every year. Let Edinburgh entertain you with its fantastic music, theatre and dance offerings:

  • Music: Usher Hall is the city’s premier music venue, showcasing everything from classical music to jazz, rock and pop.

Click here to see which concerts are happening during your stay.

  • Theatre: The Edinburgh Playhouse hosts an impressive selection of touring productions – attracting performers like Derren Brown and Dara O’Briain, as well as touring West End shows like The Lion King and We Will Rock You.

Click here to see what’s showing during your visit.

  • Dance: Scottish Ballet, the country’s national dance company, performs regularly at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.

Click here to see what performances they have lined up during your stay.

Our complete guide to Edinburgh entertainment is coming soon.

Parking in Edinburgh

With a brilliant city bus service and plenty of Highland tours departing right from the Royal Mile, you certainly don’t need a car during your Edinburgh holiday. However, if you do decide to drive to the city, we now offer parking for £10 a day.

For more information, read our guide on car parking in Edinburgh.

What’s On?

Want to live like a local in Edinburgh during your holiday? A fantastic way to experience the real Edinburgh is to get involved in events happening around the city during your stay.

Visit our What’s On page for information on events happening in Edinburgh this year.