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The City of Edinburgh promises fun, laughter, plenty of entertainment and an abundance of things to do and see. Like many cities in the U.K. Edinburgh relies partly on tourism to keep the city going, allowing for regeneration and to keep the city in it’s much loved state.

The most active months in the year are most certainly over the New Year period where hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists make their way onto the streets to celebrate the end of one year, and the start of a new year. A truly magnificent experience and certainly one that is highly recommended, particularly if you haven’t been to Edinburgh.

Getting to Edinburgh

You can get to Edinburgh with ease depending on your location by plane, coach or train.

By plane

Edinburgh airport is located approximately 10 miles West of the city. You can travel to and from the airport by bus or taxi. The number 100 bus operates every 10 minutes and will cost approximately £3.50 for the 25 minute journey. You can board the number 100 bus just outside U.K. arrivals. Taking a taxi to and from the airport depending on your location will cost you in the region of £20 for a 15 minute journey.

By train

Edinburgh has two main train stations, Waverley and Haymarket. Waverley train station is located in the centre of Edinburgh, whereas Haymarket train station is approximately 2 miles West of Edinburgh city centre.

By coach

The main coach service stops at Saint Andrew’s conveniently located on Saint Andrew’s Square. A short walk to Waverley train station, which is located between the Old Town and New Town.

Getting around

Unlike some cities in the U.K. Edinburgh most of the attractions and things to do are all conveniently located within walking distance from one another. Edinburgh is a pleasant city to patrol on foot, so there’s no need to get trains too and from the next attraction, simply equip yourself with a local tourist map of the city, and you’re good to go. If you’d like the expertise of a professional however, there are a number of tours of Edinburgh you can take by foot. Check local tourist boards and activities for further information.

If you’re more adventurous and like to sit back, relax and take in the scenes in the comfort of a local bus, you’ll be glad to know that there are a number of great bus tours, departing from Edinburgh city centre. The bus tours give you great sights of the city, and even better photograph taking opportunities.

Attractions in Edinburgh

Like many cities in the U.K. Edinburgh is also fortunate enough to be steeped in centuries of history, making Edinburgh a great place to visit, with plenty of attractions and things to do and see. Below are just some of the must see attractions that are highly recommended when visiting Edinburgh.

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • HMY Britannia
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • St Giles’ Cathedral

Hotels in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is home to some of the finest hotels but whether you’re looking for luxury hotels in Edinburgh, affordable hotels in Edinburgh or both, there’s plenty of hotels to choose from.

Most people visit Edinburgh from August up to the New Year to celebrate Edinburgh’s many festivals and New Year celebrations. Therefore hotels should be booked well in advance to avoid any disappointment. As a result hotel prices are significantly higher during these busy periods. If however you want to grab a bargain book out of these busy periods, and you’ll be surprised with what you can save.

Food and drink

As you’d expect there’s plenty of choice in Edinburgh when looking at places to eat and drink. So whether you’re looking for a cheap lunchtime menu, or a more exclusive evening dinner menu, you’ll be guaranteed something fit for almost everyone. In the city centre expect to see your high street restaurants and fast food chains, as well as many one off restaurants and exclusive coffee shops, the perfect lunchtime retreat particularly after a busy morning visiting some of Edinburgh’s much loved sites.

Entertainment

Most of Edinburgh’s love for the city comes from the entertainment and fun things you can do whilst in the city. Edinburgh hosts an abundance of festivals for party goers and people looking for a great time in the city. Some of Edinburgh’s festivals include the Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh Tattoo Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and much more.

Shopping

Edinburgh is well known as being one of the best places to shop, you can find everything from one off designer boutiques, to department stores and the typical high street shops. These can all be found within close proximity of the city centre, and they promise to provide a shoppers paradise, particularly if you’re looking for one of purchases significant to your stay. Thistle Street, Princes Street, Hanover Street and George Street are just some of the well known shopping hotspots that are recommended when looking for places to shop in Edinburgh.

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