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About Edinburgh

Why Visit Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is an multi-award-winning, world-class tourist destination. A must-see cultural capital. From stunning skylines to sandy beaches, festivals to fireworks – the city has something for everyone, day and night.

A modern day Jekyll and Hyde, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, split between the medieval Old Town and the Georgian splendour of the New Town.

But Edinburgh isn't living in the past - it's a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, boasting an exceptional blend of contemporary pubs and bars, restaurants, specialist retailers and leading tourist attractions.

Days can be spent exploring the city’s medieval alleyways and glorious architecture – not least the magnificient Edinburgh Castle, dramatically perched on an extinct volcano, high above the city centre.

Nights out in Edinburgh provide an opportunity to discover what makes the city tick amidst the bustling bars, clubs and lively street scenes.

Edinburgh is renowned the world over for its year-round festivals. During the Summer and Winter festivals the city’s streets throng with visitors from around the world.

For international visitors, Edinburgh is the second favourite UK city for tourism after London thanks to its ideal mix of shopping, entertainment, culture and history.

Much more than just a city break destination, Edinburgh is also the visitors’ gateway to Scotland.

It's little wonder then that the city constantly receives accolades from around the globe. Travel magazine Wanderlust named Edinburgh as of the world's top ten cities, while at the Trip Advisor Destination Awards named Edinburgh as the top UK destination and ranked it in the top 25 worldwide.

The inspiring capital has won more than 13 Best City and Short Break awards over the past decade, including the Guardian / Observer Reader Travel award for nine years running, The Telegraph Readers Best UK City 2005 and Conde Nast Traveller Awards Best UK City 2004 and 2010.

Why not come and see what all the fuss is about?

Can there anywhere be a more beautiful and beguiling city to arrive at by train? To emerge from the bustling subterranean bowels of Waverley Station and find yourself in the very heart of such a glorious city is a happy experience indeed.

Bill Bryson, Travel Writer (1996)