The Vennel looking towards the Castle

Facts about Edinburgh

Discover interesting facts about Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Voted one of the greatest places in the world by TIME Magazine, it’s no wonder Edinburgh is the UK’s most popular city to visit after London.

Beyond the famous sights lies a super-convenient travel destination. The major international airport serves connections to all continents, transport around the city is affordable and accessible, and there are excellent train links across the UK. In fact, visitors can get to London in just 4.5 hours. In addition, there’s a range of hotels, restaurants and attractions to suit all ages and budgets.

The city of Edinburgh is also home to around 500,000 residents.

History under every step

The past looms over the city on castle rock, but in the Old Town visitors can’t go far without coming across a tall tale from Edinburgh’s history – from Greyfriars Kirkyard to St Giles’ Cathedral.

A festival city

Beltane Fire Society
Copyright Gordon Veitch for Beltane Fire Society.

Quite different from the Tattoo, International and Fringe festivals in August, there are internationally renowned festivals happening across the city throughout the year – books, film, jazz, fire, science, children etc. There is a festival for everyone.

A city of culture

The Grand Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland filled with visitors. , National Museums Scotland

Beyond the festivals, there is a rich history of literature, a love of museums and galleries. Must-visit spots include the National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery. Camera Obscura and Dynamic Earth are ideal for the whole family.

Outdoor spaces

A panoramic view of Princes Street Gardens

Edinburgh is blessed with many green spaces for a city – in fact, Princes Street Gardens was voted the most beautiful park in the UK outside London. For even more of an escape, visitors can head to Portobello Beach.

A haven for foodies

Castle St Market

From whisky and haggis to luxurious tasting menus and locally-sourced seafood, Edinburgh offers a variety of options for lovers of exceptional flavours.

There’s more beyond Edinburgh

Sure, the city is great, but it’s not all your clients should come to Scotland for. Not far from Edinburgh lies the coastal delights of East Lothian and Fife – a great spot for some golf. There are also the grand palaces and homes of West Lothian and the industrial heritage of Midlothian to explore.