City Guide Edinburgh, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city which you will warm to straight away. Edinburgh Castle hangs proudly over the Scottish capital reminding the locals and tourists alike of the city's medieval past. There are endless streets to explore in the Old and New Towns, with numerous stores to keep the shopaholics occupied. At night the city comes alive with an eclectic mix of young and old filling the city's many restaurants, bars and clubs.

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Edinburgh Podcasts

Only in Edinburgh...

There are some certain things that you can only find in the Scottish capital, such as Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland and more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to different people who live in Edinburgh about those things.

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Edinburgh Videos

How to save money in Edinburgh

Find out how to go on a free walking tour of Edinburgh and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Edinburgh Pocket Guide

Edinburgh Pocket Guide

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Edinburgh City Reviews

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    Edinburgh = Medieval Times

    Amazingly beautiful, you're not going to see anything like Edinburgh. The walking through the city center feels like you're in a journey in the medieval times. The city has a very rich and interesting history and It's amazing even in the winter.

    Insider Tip:Visit the City's cemeteries, especially the greyfriars one. At night of course!

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    Edinburgh capital of Scotland

    this is the most beautiful city I ve ever visited I came to study and I love it every corner has history the architecture is amazing I love the people and the organization

    Insider Tip:walk in the centre, fingenans bar, visit cartoon hill, take 10000 of pics of the city, if you need to go far distance go in tram is cheaper the day ticket than the bus

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    I love Edinburgh

    Scotland is truly a magical place. Edinburgh is an easily walkable city with many neat things to see.

    Insider Tip:Take time to leave Edinburgh and take even a one day Highland tour, so much to see! Take your time to walk down many of the closes as you miss a lot of cool history and shops if you don't.

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    Edinburgh should be a stop for anyone traveling in the UK

    Edinburgh is fantastic. I fell in love with the city and its history. If you're traveling in the UK and don't make it to Edinburgh, shame on you! I personally love it even more than London, shocking? I know. It is definitely worth the trip and the money.

    Insider Tip:You can walk everywhere. But, bring good shoes and leave the rolling suitcase at home. It is a hilly city, so be prepared for 45 degree uphill climbs and lots of stairs.

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    Great city if a little damp!

    There's a hell of a lot to see in Edinburgh! It's got a massive amount of history to it which means you're never too far from somewhere of historical significance. There are a lot of tourists so it might be hard to find a local Edinburgh experience which isn't just another tourist trap. The weather is never great here either but at least there's plenty of pubs!

    Insider Tip:An umbrella! always bring an umbrella!

Scotland: Itinerary

Like so many cities in Europe today, Edinburgh is divided the Old Town and the New Town. Both have their own qualities and attractions and are a pleasure to visit. But if you plan to stay in the city for that little bit longer you will be able to sample the whole country's delights, not just the capital's.

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