Why we love Edinburgh
From palaces to cobbled alleyways, handsome Georgian spots to Edinburgh’s castle set on its own dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.
The world’s first UNESCO City of Literature is home to 11 major international festivals, including the world’s biggest – the vibrant and artsy Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, both of which turn 75 this year.
Take in 360 degree views and even the odd yoga class from Arthur’s Seat. For sports lovers, there’s Murrayfield Stadium for top-notch international events. Whether it’s beautiful shopping arcades, boutique outlets or botanical gardens, Scotland’s capital has something for everyone.
Visit PoliNations, a pop-up forest garden paying homage to Britain’s incredible wildlife, and Dreamachine, a psychedelic light show created by scientists and Turner Prize-winning artists.
Discover the 17th-century streets and houses found beneath the Royal Mile at Real Mary King’s Close during a character-led ghost tour which ventures deep into the city’s vaults.
Things to do in Edinburgh
Featured things to do
There’s always a tour to put a smile on people’s faces: chocolate. Learn about its history, make your own and dabble in some tastings - expect everything from vegan and gluten-free to haggis-flavoured chocs.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival celebrate their 75th birthdays this year, filling the city with live music, theatrics, and stand-up comedy.
Real Mary King’s Close
Get a chill this autumn on an immersive ghostly tour through Edinburgh’s underground world - from the dungeons to the Real Mary King’s Close and the Vaults.
Places to stay in Edinburgh
Home to centuries-old buildings and Edinburgh Castle, as well as The Royal Mile lined with pubs and eateries - perfect for first-time visitors.
Rammed full of restaurants and a shoppers’ paradise - this elegant part of the city features Georgian townhouses and open squares, alongside chic cocktail lounges and places to eat.
Trendy Leith is great for all tastes and budgets. Find everything from delicious street food to vintage shops and cafes in this buzzing port district.
Getting to Edinburgh
In central-eastern Scotland, Edinburgh is well linked to the rest of the UK by road, rail and air. The quickest option to get to Edinburgh from London is to fly, which takes 1 hour 10 minutes. Edinburgh Airport serves international routes to Europe, the Americas and the UAE.
With a 24-hour bus service running from the airport to the city centre plus buses, trains and the tram, getting around Edinburgh is a breeze. More than 1,000 black cabs operate here too. Lothian Airport Day tickets give you unlimited one-day travel on Lothian trams and buses, plus travel to and from the airport.
Buses run 24 hours a day in Edinburgh, with regular services round the clock. Lothian buses is one of the main operators.
Edinburgh Tram covers 15 stops between Edinburgh Airport and York Place, making it a useful travel option for the start and end of your trip.
Black cabs take up to five people per car, making them a great option if you’re a family or group of friends. Taxis can be hailed on the street.
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