Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city. It is a city loved by royalty and party animals. It has something for everyone.
It’s one of Britain’s most cutting-edge cities. There are great pubs, clubs and restaurants, theatres and cinemas, museums, galleries, parks, gardens, shops and sport centres. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh International Festival which takes place every August. It is the largest annual international arts festival in the world. Edinburgh also boasts an abundance of theatres, cinemas, dance and music venues, with a range of events to cater for all tastes.
It maybe a vibrant capital city, but every inch of Edinburgh is a reminder of rich history. Walk along the narrow, cobbled alleys of the Old Town and the elegant crescents of the New Town and explore the many historic buildings, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate and an extensive Georgian New Town built in the 18th century. The capital boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland. With its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh has been listed as a World Heritage Site. Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best known and most visited of British historic buildings.
Edinburgh has long been known abroad as a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, the sciences and engineering. Edinburgh University was placed 17th in the QS World University Rankings in 2014.
In 2004 Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, an accolade awarded in recognition of its literary heritage and lively literary activities in the present.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);