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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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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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

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Edinburgh City Reviews

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    Beautiful city

    We had a fabulous time in Edinburgh. It's an incredibly beautiful city, both the buildings and the surrounding landscape. Everything is within easy walking distance of the Royal Mile (where we were staying), including the castle, Arthur's Seat, and lots of great restaurants and pubs.

    Insider Tip:We recommend The Edinburgh Larder for food, which is just off the Royal Mile on Blackfriars street. Definitely climb up Arthur's Seat (not for the disabled or people who have trouble walking though! It is an uphill climb the whole way, and some of the rocks are very slippery) We also recommend The Heart of Scotland bus tours :)

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    Such a great city!! I highly, highly, highly strongly suggest visiting here. It's a great place to go. It feels like a big city but is really pretty small. It's easy to get around everywhere. Definitely explore both the old and new town. The architecture in both is fantastic. If you get to go anywhere, go here.

    Insider Tip:Harry Potter fans, this is a must!! Go to the Elephant House cafe. This is where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. The food and drinks are great as well. Check out the bathroom too (I know it's weird but you'll understand). Also, Rowling got a lot of her inspiration from this city, so keep your eye out for that!!

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    An old and delicate city

    It was my first time to be Edinburgh and it was fabulous. I just love the old buildings. It is a city with history and stories. I would strongly recommend you to pay a visit. I went there around Christmas. The christmas market near royal mile was lovely, with special food and decorations. However I did find out that there are tons of tourists at that moment. So it is not very likely to feel the local atmosphere. I would certainly love to go there again.

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    Edinburgh is very attractive city! I climbed Arthur's seat, it was stiff but you can see Edinburgh's view. It was beautiful :)

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    A great place with lots to see. Unfortunately, the castle and Holyroodhouse Palace are a bit on the pricey side, but the museum and most others are free/affordable.

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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