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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    Small, but lots to do!

    Edinburgh is a small city where most of the touristic stuff is close by each other, but there's still a good amount to do and you can spend many days there. The city's architecture is amazing, big churches, monuments, and the castle! You can walk everywhere and get decent food without much trouble. In August, there's the Fringe Festival, which turns the city into a big circus with insane amounts of people on the streets and multiple performers. Consider that when booking your trip to Edinburgh!

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    Endless views

    Everywhere I looked in Edinburgh got more and more beautiful. It was all gorgeous architecture and landscapes and I could not stop staring.

    Insider Tip:The Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes over the city in August. Things get more expensive, but the endless supply of free shows and entertainment make up for it. And visit the Serenity Cafe for lunch. The proceeds help underprivileged citizens of Edinburgh and the food is delicious and cheap.

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    City of Magic

    Edinburgh is the greatest city I have ever been to. The city is always alive with performers during the Fringe or the Christmas Village in Princes St Gardens in the winter. You can spend days exploring Old Town, wandering down every close, every turn holds something new. The people are friendly and always happy to point you in the right direction if you get lost, as well as giving you a few tips on places to go. You can always count on Edinburgh to have a Ceilidh going on somewhere.

    Insider Tip:No matter how blue the sky is, prepare for rain. And when the sun shines, revel in the sunshine in one of the gardens

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    This is just one of the BEST cities I've been to!!! If one day I'd get the opportunity to choose one city to live it'd DEFINITELY be Edinburgh because of everything! Culture, streets, people, the very preserved old buildings and mainly the MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERE everywhere!!! I'm suspicious because I felt in love with this city from the first moment I got there!!!

    Insider Tip:In my opinion everything is perfect!!!

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    I love this city. Maybe that's why I chose to live here for 4 years. There's so much to so and to see. Scots are really friendly and helpful.

    Insider Tip:Brass Monkey, Blackford Hill, Yellowcraig Beach

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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