Every August, Scotland’s cultural capital Edinburgh, bursts into life with the jolly jamboree that is the Fringe Festival. Comedy, music, cabaret and a multitude of other vibrant entertainment take place in various venues across the city. It’s the perfect time for an Edinburgh City Break.
Of course, there is plenty to discover beyond the festival. Compact and easy to get around on foot, Edinburgh is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s first City of Literature, meaning there’s plenty of history and culture to be explored.
A trip to Edinburgh, especially if it’s your first, just isn’t complete without a visit to the city’s most iconic landmark. Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock.
The official residence of the Queen when in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.
The tribute to author Sir Walter Scott is the largest monument to a writer anywhere in the world and has dominated the Princes Street skyline since its completion in 1846. You’ll need to climb 200 ft or 287 steps to be exact!
National Museum of Scotland
This superb Museum is home to collections celebrating the nation’s culture, history and people. It’s a great way to explore Scottish history, from the primeval age right up to the modern era, and the views from the roof garden are spectacular.
National Galleries of Scotland
Home to works by many old masters, including Titian, Da Vinci, Raphael and Vermeer, as well as other pre-eminent artists such as Monet, Degas, Constable, Turner and Cezanne.
The 251m high extinct volcano offers an amazing panorama of the entire city and far, far beyond in each direction, watching the sunrise over Edinburgh is an unforgettable experience.
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the city’s most famous department store.
Tucked away off St Andrew Square, home to top labels, including Mulberry, Armani and Louis Vuitton.
This long, wide boulevard in the elegant New Town is home to some of the swankiest, most stylish bars you’ll find anywhere.
Edinburgh Old Town Weaving
Have you ever wondered what your family tartan is? Here you can look it up in the guide and then watch the looms produce it.
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