Visit Edinburgh - Short City & Weekend Breaks
A contemporary cultural capital, a city break in
Edinburgh provides the opportunity to explore the cities
history and heritage, enjoy world-class events and festivals and
visit the country’s top museums and galleries.
Edinburgh is a compact, walkable city allowing you to begin to
explore the city on a short break. After a morning exploring
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s top visitor attraction, it’s just a
short walk to the modern home of the Scottish Parliament and the
Palace of Holyroodhouse, taking in the sights of the historic old
town and Royal Mile along the way.
If you prefer the great outdoors to great architecture,
Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is an ideal location for a
leisurely afternoon stroll. If you fancy something more energetic,
a walk up Arthur’s Seat will reward you with stunning views of the
city, Fife and the Pentlands.
Princes Street, George Street and Multrees Walk provide the
opportunity for some retail therapy. Or you can explore the specialist
retailers of Edinburgh's Grassmarket, Old Town and West End
districts. Edinburgh's districts of Bruntsfield,
Morningside, Southside and Stockbridge also boast a variety of
independent shops and boutiques.
There’s a host of top visitor attractions to visit in and around
Edinburgh, ranging from 12th to 17th century castles and palaces,
Edinburgh Zoo, the Royal Yacht Britannia, The National Galleries of
Scotland as well as ghost and literary tours. You can even visit
Rosslyn Chapel, featured in the blockbuster movie and novel The
Da Vinci Code.
To end the perfect day, Edinburgh has more restaurants per head
than any UK city and a wide range of trendy clubs and sophisticated
bars in which you can enjoy a traditional Scottish tipple or a
freshly mixed cocktail. Alternatively you could catch a play at one
of the city’s arts venues, dance the night away at a traditional
ceilidh or explore the ghostly ruins of Edinburgh’s old town on a
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