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We want you to fall in love with our city too, so here are some of our favourite things about Edinburgh to help you make the most of your visit.
You can’t come to Edinburgh without admiring our Castle, and let’s be honest – it’s pretty hard to miss. A pivotal part of our city’s history, and home to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle is glorious. Visit the Castle and discover Scotland’s Crown Jewels, you’ll be enthralled by the riveting history – just don’t jump at 1pm when the gun goes off.
We do love our furry friends in Edinburgh. Dolly the Sheep and Greyfriars Bobby can both be found in the city centre, or if you fancy venturing further afield – Edinburgh Zoo is home to many exotic creatures, including the UK’s only giant pandas.
Fans of live music certainly won’t be bored in Scotland’s capital. The scene is full of live performance venues which offer toe-tapping music and dancing. Whether you’re looking for traditional folk, a ceilidh shindig, jazz, or rock and roll – Edinburgh has you covered. Check-out Whistle Binkie’s, Sandy Bell’s, Stramash, Fingers Piano Bar, and Bannerman’s for a great night out.
One of Edinburgh’s oldest attractions, Camera Obscura is a fascinating way to see the city. With six floors of fun to explore, this quirky experience has delighted visitors for over 150 years. Great for kids of all ages, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a must-see on any trip to Edinburgh.
Edinburgh really is steeped in Harry Potter lore. The boy who lived, traces his origins back to the Elephant House café where JK Rowling wrote the Potter books over coffee and cake. Visit the grave of Tom Riddle at Greyfriars Kirkyard, or take a stroll down Cockburn Street; said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley (and just a hop, skip and a jump from our front door).
Edinburgh was built on seven hills, and there is no denying that our city has soaring heights – boasting not one, but two extinct volcanoes.Arthur’s Seat is visible from just about everywhere, rising out of the majestic Holyrood Park. It’s a bit of a climb, but the views are well worth it (especially in the sunshine).
Here in Scotland’s capital, we love a festival – so much so we have them almost all year round. There’s the Film Festival, Book Festival, Storytelling Festival, Science Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival, Art Festival, International Festival, the Children’s Festival, Hogmanay, and of course the world renowned Fringe Festival. Edinburgh is the world’s leading festival city, so there really is something for everyone.
Ok, so we are a little bias, but Edinburgh’s twisting and turning wynds and closes really are incredible. These tiny branches of streets bristle out of The Royal Mile on either side, allowing citizens of the city to access their homes through tiny cobbled pathways. From Bakehouse Close (featured in Outlander), to Ian Rankin’s infamous Fleshmarket Close, the enchanting White Horse Close, and the wonderful Riddles Court – there are a myriad of places just waiting to be found.