Edinburgh Travel Guide & Information

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is one Europe's most beautiful cities. Flawlessly sculpted monuments stand tall throughout perfectly-kept green parks, castles can be spotted on distant hill tops, large pots of colorful flowers decorate quaint coffee shops, and all of this is highlighted as the sun casts an inspiring light on the city. But beyond it's beauty, Edinburgh reeks of high-culture, of history and fine arts, of literature, philosophy and science. The city's summer entertains residents and visitors with the worlds biggest arts festival. However, if that's just not your thing, there's no need to believe that this city isn't for you. Edinburgh also has a side that's super down-to-Earth, with loud, laid-back comedy shows, youthfully crowded pubs, tasty restaurants, and late night drinking.

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Things to do in Edinburgh

Daytime Attractions:

Arthur's Seat: The main peak of a group of hills in Holyrood Park, Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano. Holyrood Park used to be a hunting ground for Scottish monarchs and covers about 650 acres of moorland, lochs, and fields. During the day this is a great place to take pictures, relax, and feel oh so small as the vastness of Edinburgh's wilderness surrounds you.

Edinburgh Castle: Perched on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle stands as a powerful symbol for Edinburgh and all of Scotland. Dominating the skyline from it's position on Castle Rock, the castle represents many historical conflicts. The castle's importance as a historic monument was recognized in the 19th century, and various restoration programs have been carried out since.

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Address: Royal Mile, Castle Hill, Old Town

Restaurants:

Bamboo Garden: Vegetarian meals available, Bamboo Garden offers delicious Chinese dishes with the freshest seafood. The crispy duck is one of the most recommended menu items.

Address: 57a Frederick St, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 1LH

Contact Information: 0131-225-2382

Jasmine: Located right across from the theaters, visitors enjoy a meal here just before heading of to a show. Affordable prices and a diverse menu of deliciously, fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes, you can't go wrong.

Address: 32-34 Grindlay St, City Centre, Edinburgh EH3 9AP

Contact Information: 0131-229-5757

Nighttime Attractions:

White Hart Inn: Self-proclaimed to be the oldest pub in Edinburgh, this pub has hosted guests such as Williams Wordsworth in 1803, and Robert Burns in 1791. The White Hard Inn is traditional and cozy, and offers fun folk and acoustic tunes.

Villager: A mix between a traditional pub and a stylish, modern bar, the Villager has a friendly staff, and a laid back feel. It offers excellent cocktails at night, and during the day a side room opens up to reveal comfy brown leather sofas to enjoy.

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Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Channings Hotel: Prices from 125.00 USD per night: Located off the beaten path, this lovely hotel offers a charmingly quiet street, and a very pleasant staff. Great, big rooms, a tasty restaurant on-site, large bathrooms, a bar/lounge, and 24-hour rooms service,Channings Hotel is a friendly find that won't leave you at all disappointed.

Balmoral Hotel: Prices from 183.00 USD per night: Right in the heart of Edinburgh, this hotel offers comfortable rooms, a fresh hot breakfast with great service, a lovely pool, a sauna, designer toiletries, internet access with a surcharge, and fitness facilities.

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The Salisbury: Prices from 116.00 USD per night: Expect a great warm welcome up your arrival at this stylish boutique hotel. This reasonably priced, contemporary, hotel offers its guests, room service, free wireless internet, free parking, and a beautiful garden view.

Ten Hill Place Hotel: Prices from 92.00 USD per night: Nice clean rooms, great service, and comfortably big beds, Ten Hill Place Hotel offers a relaxing and comfy stay that's only a five minute walk to the city's center. Its amenities include, an on-site restaurant, 24-front desk service, facilities for the disabled, luggage storage, and babysitting services.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

Currently, if you're a citizen of Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA you're permitted to stay in the UK for up to six months (no visa required), but are prohibited from working

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*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Edinburgh

August is Edinburgh's peak month because of the Edinburgh Festival and the Military Tattoo. If you're planning a trip during this time, be sure to book ahead. If you're hoping to avoid the crowd, try traveling in the spring or fall.

Edinburgh Weather

Average Annual Temperature: 46.2 Degrees

Average Max Temperature: 53.5 Degrees

Average Min. Temperature: 41.2 Degrees

December - February: 39 Degrees

March - May: 45.6 Degrees

June - August: 57 Degrees

September – November: 46.3 Degrees

Average Rainfall (inches/year): 2.2 inches

Currency and Language:

Language

The main language spoken in Edinburgh are English & Gaelic.