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City Breaks Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is a proud and independent city nestled among rolling hills, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle perched dramatically atop an extinct volcano. The cosmopolitan town mixes its medieval roots and cultural traditions with modern cuisine and edgy entertainment. The narrow cobbled alleys of Old Town are steps away from New Town’s bustling shops and restaurants. Though famed for its August and New Year’s celebrations, Edinburgh is a year-round treat.

5-19 °C

Edinburgh experiences a temperate climate with slight variations between the four seasons.

1 hour 20 minutes

Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is 12km from the city centre

Mix old and new Scotland on your city break in Edinburgh. Walk the medieval Royal Mile, dine at a traditional pub and listen to haunting tales on a night walk. Families will especially enjoy the Edinburgh Zoo, which has Europe’s largest penguin pool and the UK’s only koalas and pandas.

Scotland’s capital makes for a wonderful getaway that's on our own beautiful island; Edinburgh is easily accessible by car or train so you can be across the border in a few hours & enjoying your break straight away. One of the pluses to visiting Edinburgh is the fact that the city is so compact you can see all the sights on foot & not have to drive or take a bus to get to the landmarks such as the castle. With rich cultural history in science, philosophy & art its clear to see why its such a popular destination to visit resulting in Edinburgh being dubbed 'Athens of the North'.

There are many places to go in Edinburgh if you want to escape the city buzz. On the edge of Old Town, hike up to Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park for amazing photo opportunities. Calton Hill provides a shorter walk up to several of the city’s historic monuments. Princes Street Gardens is a landscaped oasis right in the city centre.

Experience the Scottish love of storytelling on a walking tour of the Royal Mile or a late-night tour of Old Town’s haunting underground vaults. Other nightly activities in Edinburgh include pub crawls, live music events, and folk tales at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In August, Edinburgh becomes the comedy and theatre capital of the world.

Modern Edinburgh has become a food-lover’s paradise. A city break in Edinburgh must include Scottish staples like haggis (and plenty of whisky), but you’ll also find international cuisines served all over town. For a fine-dining experience with beautiful city views, try the restaurant above Scotland’s National Museum.

Many activities in Edinburgh take place amid the beautiful Georgian architecture of New Town. Shoppers will find all the high-street brands on Princes Street and fashion boutiques on George Street. Pick up some Scottish Whisky or cashmere. The area’s West End is worth exploring for its trendy coffee shops and restaurants.


Families: Visit the UK’s only koalas and giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.

Couples: Walk to the top of Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat and watch the sun set.

History buffs: Learn about Scotland’s rich history inside Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.


Language: The language spoken in Edinburgh is English

Currency: The currency used in Edinburgh is the British Pound (£)

Local time: Edinburgh is in the GMT/UK time zone

Fly: Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is 12km from the city centre

Flight time from London: 1 hour 20 minutes

Alternative Transport: You can also travel by train into Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, 4 hours 30 minutes from London

Tourist information: Further Edinburgh tourist information can be found at


Temperature: 5-19 (°C)

Spring and Autumn are beautiful times to explore the city’s natural attractions. Temperatures typically hover in the low to mid-teens throughout both seasons. For slightly warmer weather, come in the Summer when you can enjoy highs of 19 and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures drop to as low as 3 in January, but the cool climate adds a wintry romance to this city’s medieval streets. 


By foot: New Town and Old Town are compact, but hilly and steep in some areas.

By bus: The hop-on/hop-off tourist buses stop at all the main sights. The public bus network requires buying a bus pass or having exact change.

By bicycle: There are a few bicycle hire companies, and the town and nearby countryside offer car-free cycle paths.

By taxi: Taxis are common in the city centre and can be hailed in the street. Tipping 10% is customary.


Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: In August, military bands from across the Commonwealth gather to perform on the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Picture a musical spectacle of a thousand pipers, musicians, drummers and singers, followed by a fireworks display.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: ‘The Fringe’ is the world’s largest performing arts festival. Throughout the month of August, hundreds of venues across the city showcase dance, music, theatre and comedy events from more than 50 countries.

New Year’s Eve: The capital celebrates the New Year with the giant Hogmanay Street Party. Festivities include live music and DJs in Princes Street Gardens, outdoor ceilidh dancing and a midnight fireworks show.

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