Living in Edinburgh: Things to Do and See in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland’s Inspiring, Iconic Capital–Edinburgh Is the Perfect Blend of Visually Stunning Landmarks and Exceptional Urban Amenities

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What Is the History of Edinburgh?

Scotland’s capital grew around its Old Town until the late 18th century and this area of the city still has a distinct character that can easily be uncovered as you explore the city. Atmospheric cobbled streets, majestic architecture, old closes, and wide avenues allow visitors to imagine being transported back in time. During the Victorian era, Edinburgh earned itself a nickname as ‘Auld Reekie’ due to the smoke from the steam engines and the pollution of the industrial revolution. Edinburgh is an iconic, vibrant city and has something for everyone.

Downtown

The historic centre of Edinburgh is divided in two by the historic Princes Street Gardens. To the south the view is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, built high on the castle rock, and the long sweeping Royal Mile in the Old Town descending towards Holyrood Palace which has served as the official Scottish residence of the Monarch of the UK since the 16th century. To the north lie Princes Street and the New Town.

What to Do and See in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has many historical and cultural opportunities to be expected of Scotland’s capital city. Attractions worthy of note include Greyfriars Kirkyard, St Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Scot Monument, The Scottish Parliament, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh Zoo, Dynamic Earth, the Royal Observatory, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Gardens & Parks

Edinburgh boasts many green spaces. Along with gardens and parklands there are paths along old train tracks and beside rivers which feel so peaceful it is hard to believe that you are in the middle of the city. The Water of Leith walkway winds through the heart of the city and makes for a delightful stroll away from the hustle and bustle. Take a walk up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano within the boundaries of Holyrood Park, and be amazed by the breathtaking views of Edinburgh.

Festivals

Each August the city hosts the biggest international arts festival in the world. This includes the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the centrepieces of the Festival, occupies the Castle Esplanade every night, with massed pipers and military bands drawn from around the world.  Performances end with a short fireworks display. Other festivals are held throughout the year, such as the Science Festival, Film Festival and Jazz & Blues Festival. Additional annual events include the Hogmanay street party and Beltane Fire Festival.

Professional Sports

Murrayfield stadium is the home of Scottish rugby, and houses the offices of the Scottish Rugby Union. The city also has two professional football clubs: Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian, known locally as ‘Hearts’ and ‘Hibs’ and the Edinburgh derby is one of the oldest derby matches in world football.

Shopping

Edinburgh offers a shopping experience like no other; from designer outlets such as Harvey Nichols to independent boutique stores or unique shops selling Scottish wares, Edinburgh has it all.

Where to Eat in Edinburgh?

The city offers a great range of eating and drinking experiences with plenty of markets, local stores, cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs, and when it comes to fine dining, Edinburgh plays host to six Michelin star restaurants, more than any other UK city outside London.

How Many People Live in Edinburgh?

Population: 482,640

What Languages Are Spoken in Edinburgh?

Language: English, Scots

What is the Currency in Edinburgh?

Currency: GBP (Pound sterling)

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