10 reasons to visit Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a stunning and historic city, with plenty to offer in terms of both business and leisure tourism, so we have compiled a very short list of 10 reasons why you should visit this beautiful city.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and originally came into being as a hillfort. It became part of the Kingdom of Scotland in the 10th century and grew through the middle ages as Scotland’s largest merchant town, and had became the capital city by the time of James VI of Scotland.
From the cobbled streets and wonderful architecture, to old closes and wide avenues; when you visit Edinburgh signs of its rich history and culture are everywhere, and there is surely at least one aspect of its history that would appeal to anybody. Explore the famous castle, visit the old and new town, scare yourself over gruesome ancient tortures in the dungeon… there really is something for everyone.
Princes Street is the main area for shopping in Edinburgh where you will find many highstreet chains such as Boots, Topshop and Debenhams. George Street has a number of sophisticated and stylish shops such as Karen Millen, Coast and Jigsaw and also many places to grab a bite to eat. Multrees walk is where to shop if you are looking for luxury brands, with Armani, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry being just some of the luxury shops available in this area. The shopping centres Princes Mall and the St James Shopping Centre are also worth a visit, and they are also home to many popular high street stores.
- Affordable accommodation
A tight budget needn’t be an issue if you’re looking to visit Edinburgh. You can get rooms from as little as £12 per night for hostels and £40 for hotels. Have a look to see what’s on offer by comparing prices on this wonderfully simple price comparison page.
We have also compiled some downloadable fact sheets about our favourite luxury venues in Edinburgh; St Andrews, The George, Hotel Missoni and The Balmoral.
- Easily accessible
Edinburgh is at the centre of a multi-modal transport network comprising road, rail and air communications connecting the city with the rest of Scotland, the United Kingdom and internationally. Travelling by bus is the principal means of public transport in Edinburgh with the bus services covering all parts of the city, its suburbs and the surrounding city-region, however Edinburgh is very easy to travel around by foot, so with a bit of pre planning, you’ll be able to travel around this beautiful city with few problems.
Nightlife in Edinburgh caters for every taste, so whether you want live music, comedy, clubs, traditional pubs, cocktail bars, theatre or late night eating options, Edinburgh has it all in abundance.
There is a diverse mix of places to eat in Edinburgh. The Ship on the Shore is an excellent restaurant specialising in seafood where you can enjoy a fresh catch of the day, and the Michelin-starred The Kitchin is always a firm favourite with visitors too. However do not neglect The Kitchin’s sister restaurant; Castle Terrace, which offers a splendid array of food which you can watch be prepared in front of you. If you fancy something a little more unusual, why not sample the delights of pigeon served with haggis, turnips and potatoes available in Wedgwood, or Sushiya which offers a mouth-watering and extremely popular array of sushi.
The Museums in Edinburgh are fun and educational for all ages. No matter what your interests are, we’re sure you’ll find at last one museum that you would enjoy taking a look around for example: City Art Centre, Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, The People’s Story Museum, The Writers’ Museum, Lauriston Castle, Queensferry Museum, Museum Collections Centre, Travelling Gallery and Trinity Apse. There are also many other tourist attractions which suit any taste or budget, so get researching and discover which is best for you.
Edinburgh is one of the top conference cities in recent years, and it is not difficult to see why. It is extremely accessible, with an international airport close to the city and almost everything in the city is within waking distance. It also has a wide range of hotels and conferencing facilities such as The Edinburgh International Conference Centre and also many activities for delegates, with arts and festivals, galleries, castles and palaces and surrounded by countryside.
If you love beaches, then Edinburgh and the Lothians offer empty beaches, unspoilt nature reserves, quaint fishing villages and seaside resorts, but if windswept hair and sandy feet aren’t your cup of tea, you can visit the numerous gardens, wilderness areas, woodlands, lochs and ponds surrounding Edinburgh. You may also be surprised to find that there is an abundance of wildlife, from otters, badgers, rare birds and seals which can be discovered in urban areas and out at sea.