The city of Edinburgh is an exciting city destination offering attractions to suit visitors of all tastes. From the thriving modern festival scene to the centuries of history on which the Scottish capital is founded Edinburgh has it all. With flights to Edinburgh available at great prices from across the UK and further afield, the city makes a great getaway for anyone at any time.
Must See Edinburgh
Whatever the visitor’s preferences, Edinburgh is sure to offer something to excite – from cutting edge performance to awe inspiring exhibitions. Some popular attractions in the city include:
Edinburgh Castle: Set on a rock above the old town, Edinburgh Castle forms the centrepiece of the World Heritage Site that is the city’s historic centre. The site of a settlement for almost 3,000 years, with evidence of inhabitation dating back to the Bronze Age, Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history and offers an interesting insight into the struggles of Scotland. It’s elevated position affords visitors to the castle some stunning views over the city itself and a visit to the castle offers the opportunity to view the Scottish Crown Jewels up close.
Arthur’s Seat – this iconic mound that rises in the centre of the city forms part of Holyrood Park – a green lung in the centre of the city that is open for all to enjoy. There are a number of walking trails around or over Arthur’s Seat itself – with the summit offering great panoramas over the city and beyond.
Royal Botanic Garden: Green fingered visitors will not want to miss the opportunity to explore Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden – the oldest attraction of its kind in Scotland, the garden was founded in 1670 as a centre for research as well as a showcase for exciting horticultural specimens. Tour the Temperate Palm House or gaze on the stunning Rock Gardens – this attraction offers something to see whatever the season.
The city of Edinburgh is known as the festival capital of the world, offering events for everyone throughout the festival season. The best known of these is the world beating Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which sees established and new talents from across the world descend on the city for formal and informal performances in venues across the city, from the world famous Gilded Balloon to the pavements of the city’s Royal Mile. However the city also hosts festivals of film, arts, jazz and blues, books and storytelling as well as a number of more niche events across the festival calendar.
Hogmanay in Edinburgh
While the capital of Scotland is an exciting destination at any time of year, those looking to experience the real soul of the city should be looking out for cheap flights to Edinburgh over the New Year period, when the city becomes the venue for traditional Scottish Hogmanay celebrations. The Hogmanay holiday is arguably the most important in Scotland and Edinburgh is one of the best places to experience all that it has to offer, with street parties and fireworks laid on each year for those lucky enough to find themselves in the area.