What to See & Do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival

Holyrood Palace Edinburgh - view from Carlton Hill

Holyrood Palace Edinburgh – view from Carlton Hill

With a limitless list of things to do and see, Edinburgh is a multi-award winning European city break regularly featuring in the likes of TripAdvisor Top 10s, Guardian Reader Awards and a range of best UK city awards. Queen of the best looking cities, architectural gems are at every turn, from the city’s most popular attraction, Edinburgh Castle to the unique collection of old monuments on Carlton Hill, the huge Gothic Scott Monument and the grand squares of the Georgian New Town.

From hilariously spooky ghost tours around the medieval Old Town to a host of themed bus and walking tours, Edinburgh is a city that takes care of its visitors, new or returning. If you’re on a tight budget, you’re in the right holiday destination with Edinburgh’s fantastic choice of free entry National museums and galleries and budget hostels and B&Bs.

Scott Monument Edinburgh

Scott Monument Edinburgh

The world capital of festivals, Edinburgh’s year round programme of festivals cover every conceivable genre from film, books and art to science, the big August International Festival and Fringe, and Scotland’s liveliest Hogmanay celebrations. Street performance, a huge choice of bars and clubs, internationally acclaimed theatres and independent centres for film – it’s all here in Edinburgh’s vibrant nightlife scene with an arts and party edge.

Waterfront and outdoor experiences are also on offer in an Edinburgh city break. Find Edinburgh’s seaside with beaches around Portobello to the east of the centre, a huge choice of premier golf courses spread around the city and everything from ski slopes to Botanic gardens on the city outskirts.

Enjoy the best of Scotland’s dining and shopping in Edinburgh, from the funky world cuisine restaurants and bars on the chic Leith waterfront to a city centre mix of vintage and designer boutiques. Come and discover your Edinburgh – a city with something to please all, whether you’re a family looking for lots of free museums and attractions, a culture vulture looking for the best of Scotland’s art and archives, a foodie fan or a festival and nightlife diva – browse & book Edinburgh city breaks now!

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.