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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


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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