Official language: English
Time zone: UTC+1 (summer), UTC+0 (winter)
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Edinburgh public transport is very well developed. In 2014 a 13 km tram line was opened. It connects the city center (York Palace) with the airport.
Although the author of the Harry Potter’s stories doesn’t come from Edinburgh, it’s here that her most popular children’s book was written (but not only!).
If you’re passionate about the history, we have great news for you – Edinburgh museums are free! Visit the National Museum of Scotland and see the exhibition entirely devoted to mammoths.
It’s the city full of greenery and harmony, where history is felt on every step. There are also many festivals with tens of thousands artists performing their shows.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s second largest city and its capital since the 15th century. The oldest council is the Old Town, forming the city center together with the New Town. Both areas are separated by the Princes Street Gardens. There are four universities there – the University of Edinburgh is the most prestigious and recognizable one with around 40 thousands of students per year.
Edinburgh has very restrictive rules regarding public spaces. Thanks to this you won’t find any places where huge skyscrapers intertwine with charming tenants. Streets are wide, neat, and full of beautiful buildings – you could feel like you’re in a fairy tale there!
Do you want to admire the city panorama in all its splendor? Go to one of the most famous spots in Edinburg – the monument built in honor of Sir Walter Scott. You will pay 4 pounds to get to the top of it, but the view you’ll see is definitely worth it.
Cowgate and Grassmarket are very popular sites too. You’ll find here a plenty of bars and restaurants. For British-style lunch, you may go to the Grain Store at 30 Victoria Street. If you prefer French cuisine, pay attention to Petit Paris restaurant at 38-40 Grassmarket. Do you want to eat on the run, but with a great taste? Visit Oink – as its name indicates, you can order a delicious burger there. It’s located at 34 Victoria Street.
The Edinburgh Festival takes place every year in the city. This is the name for seven events that last from July to September. Among the most popular one is the Fringe festival – the world’s largest art festival with thousands of artists participating (in 2016 there were more than 50 thousands artists!). The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is yet another interesting event where military bands present their skills, but mainly the British Army orchestra.