Edinburgh is a city bursting with arts, culture, great food spots and stunning architecture, a city that really does have everything. Now, you may think I’m being biased as it’s where I live and know best but I know for a fact that many others would agree with my view that it is the UK’s best city – in fact it has been voted as the fourth most beautiful city in the world which really speaks for itself. It’s not only the city’s utter beauty that makes it so great, there are countless other reasons that make it so, and here I’m going to name just a few.
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Scotland as a whole is known for its stunning views and beautiful scenery but as cities go its hard to beat Edinburgh’s beauty. From its quiet cobbled allies to the bustling Princes’ Street Gardens and the iconic castle, Edinburgh really is a photographer’s paradise. One of the best ways to get a view of the whole city is to climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat, a small mountain located pretty centrally. Once you’ve seen the view from the top it would be hard to argue the true beauty of Edinburgh.
Scotland’s history is vast and rather bloody and you can learn a lot about it in Edinburgh, as that’s where much of it took place. The Castle is obviously a must on most tourists’ lists on things to see, but there’s also Holyrood Palace, another great place to go and learn about Scotland’s royal history. If you’re a fan of scarier things, there is a tour of Mary King’s Close, an eerie experience down a dark alley showing life back in the 17th century.
The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh is the largest arts festival in the world and has been running for 70 years, with the first one being in 1947. It is famous all over the world and is a defining factor that sets Edinburgh apart from other cities. For three weeks in August, Edinburgh is host to thousands of shows and street performers and hundreds of thousands of people travel to the festival every year. The abundance of talent, arts and performances along with all the dazzled audiences really does make for an atmosphere like no other. It is a truly special time to be in Scotland’s capital.
Christmas in Edinburgh
From November to January, Edinburgh’s city centre is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with an ice rink, a big wheel with views that stretch over the entire city, and a huge German market bursting with delicious smells and Christmas treats. There are things to do for all ages and it makes a great day out with the family or with friends. Princes’ Street Gardens are covered in rides, and mazes and market stalls – it is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit.
Edinburgh is also a fabulous place for retail therapy. In the centre of town, Princes Street and George Street are full of the biggest brands from Topshop to Waterstones, Hollister to Anthropologie. You will never fall short of shops to browse in. And if your taste is more luxury, make sure you visit Multrees Walk, a street with many designer boutiques including Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors. If department stores are your thing, there are also many in this same area, including Jenners, Harvey Nichols, Debenhams and House of Fraser. There are also many little independent boutiques you may stumble across. It has everything, no matter of your shopping preferences.
You certainly won’t go hungry in Edinburgh with hundreds of places to dine ranging from top Michelin starred restaurants, to comforting pub grub and plenty of popular chains. As well as this, alongside the coffee giants like Starbucks and Costa, Edinburgh is full of independent cafes with a lovely, homely vibe. I can pretty much guarantee that wherever you are in the city, great food is never far away.
Like most places, Edinburgh knows how to do nightlife and do it well. With countless bars and clubs you can be sure of a great night out in the capital. Most clubs are open into the early hours of the morning and are great spots, particularly for student life, often packed full of young party lovers. If partying is for you, Edinburgh should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
A final gem of Edinburgh is that it is technically the birthplace of Harry Potter, one if the most popular and well loved book series’ in the world. Famously, JK Rowling sat down in the Elephant House Cafe and this is where she began writing the books. This cafe is still open and you are able to visit it and see where the magic started, just be aware of the popularity of this place – you may have to queue before getting in. But, if you are a fan of the Harry Potter books, it is definitely worth a visit.
These are just some of the things that make Edinburgh such a wonderful and unique city, the list could go on and on. I would highly recommend coming to Edinburgh if you want to experience fabulous culture, taste great food (haggis and Irn Bru are a must), see incredible scenery and wander around beautiful streets. You will not regret it.
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