Edinburgh at a Glance
Edinburgh is a fascinating city of complimentary opposites. In Old Town, medieval architecture looms, drawing shadows and mystery on the cobblestone streets. While in New Town, neoclassical buildings create near perfect residential grids. Traditional pubs tell stories of public executions, and modern fusion restaurants serve the latest culinary concoctions. History is proudly detailed in the ultra-modern Parliament Buildings at the bottom of the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh is diverse, free-spirited and lively. Fit for students, families, seniors and wanderers. It can be budget-friendly or budget busting. It is one of the top visited cities in the United Kingdom, and once you’ve been, you’ll want to visit again and again.
Not to be missed With so much to see and do, pre-planning your attraction and sight visits can be helpful to making the most of your time. These are some of the city’s top attractions:
- Edinburgh Zoo: Renowned for its Penguin Parade, the zoo is also home to the only koalas in the United Kingdom.
- Edinburgh Castle: Located on one of the highest points in Edinburgh, this is Scotland’s most visited attraction.
- The Palace of Holyroodhouse: This royal resident is best known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots.
- Rosslyn Chapel: Mentioned in the Da Vinci Code novel and film, this chapel is rumored to be the resting place of the Holy Grail.
- Greyfriars Kirkyard: This very old graveyard gives views of the surrounding Old Town and contains some impressive ancient grave markers.
Uniquely Edinburgh Now thriving with lively watering holes and eclectic shops, Edinburgh’s Grassmarket was once the scene of a medieval market place and public executions. Stop by one of the traditional pubs, such as The Last Drop, to hear tales of the bloodied history that went down here. Grand views of Edinburgh Palace can be seen from Grassmarket.
Good to know about Edinburgh These are the practical details you should know when staying in Scotland’s capital:
- Climate: Edinburgh is relatively mild, with a temperate maritime climate. Travellers should expect both sunshine and rain, no matter the season during which they are visiting.
- City Transportation: The medieval layout of old town makes it incredibly easy to navigate on foot. However there is bus service within town and the surrounding suburbs.
- Accommodation: Edinburgh has something for every taste and every budget. Book well in advance, especially during festival season (August/September), as space fills up fast.
- Eating Out: A little bit of everything is available in Edinburgh! Head to Rose Street for a large quantity of pubs. While Leith and the West End is home to many ethnic cuisines including Japanese, Pakistani, Polish, Turkish and even Mexican.
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