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Arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, Edinburgh city breaks expose you to buzzing culture, considerable history, stunning views and thriving nightlife. From the picturesque sights of the old town, the sprawl of attractions on the Royal Mile and grandeur of George Street, you’ll fall in love with every inch of this vibrant and historic city.
Whether you’re here to explore Edinburgh’s fascinating literary history or to sample some of the finest whiskey Scotland has to offer, you’ll find a wealth of things to do in the capital. The city itself is a photographer’s dream – a mass of stunning architecture, cobbled alleyways adorned with old street names leading to old taverns, and the striking silhouette of the castle providing a majestic backdrop to your city breaks to Edinburgh. A UK hotspot for delicious cuisine and shopping, you’ll find even more to explore in the nearby cultural capital of Glasgow, while the Scottish Highlands will provide sanctuary and escape for nature lovers.
With its huge range of historical and cultural attractions, there is always something to see and discover on city breaks to Edinburgh, especially for culture vultures of history buffs. Explore the interior of Edinburgh Castle or experience the spectacular Military Tattoo, an annual celebration with an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance.
Edinburgh is steeped in history and offers a myriad of unusual attractions for those brave enough to delve deep into its past. Step into the Edinburgh Dungeons for a thrill-filled journey into Scotland’s murky history or embark on a midnight ghost tour for bloodthirsty tales and a visit to the iconic Greyfriars Cemetery – exposing you to some of the most haunted areas and buildings in the UK.
Edinburgh city breaks are ideal for those with an adventurous streak. The challenging climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat, paired with bracing winds, is an exhilarating journey and you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the city. Steady your nerves afterwards with a visit to the Whiskey Experience – a fascinating attraction revealing how the traditional tipple is made, as well as some obligatory tasting! If you fancy sampling more of Scotland’s whiskey, head to nearby Dundee for a bustling city with a big heart.
As one of Britain’s greenest cities, Edinburgh boasts plenty of opportunities to get out in the open air, whether it’s a picnic in the meadows or a swift pint in one of the many pub gardens dotted around the town. To make the most of a sunny day in Edinburgh, head to the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens or visit the giant pandas in Edinburgh Zoo.
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