Edinburgh Travel Information:
Edinburgh is a fascinating city with plenty going on yet being small enough to explore and enjoy. The city is split into two parts; the Old Town and the New Town with Princes Street Gardens seperating them both.
The Old Town is largely the medieval heart of the city and where most of Edinburgh's historical monuments can be found. Here you will find The Royal Mile, the historical artery of the Old Town linking together Edinburgh's two royal strongholds, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. The Royal Mile is bustling street with an abundance of souvenir shops, bars, cafes and tourist attractions. It becomes very busy in August (during the International Festival and Fringe) with street performers and people handing out flyers to try and get you along to their show.
The Cowgate and Grassmarket areas are towards the southern end of the Old Town. These bustling areas are filled with clubs, pubs, music venues and second hand clothes shops. This is the place to be seen and normally the first stop on a night out! With colourful shop fronts, the Grassmarket has a continental feel and when the sun shines you can sit and enjoy an al fresco coffee at one of Europes top haunts.
Edinburgh's New Town, which was built in the 18th century, is a collection of some of the finest architecture in the world but is often neglected by tourists in favour of the Old Town. Most visitors don't realise that just north of Princes Street lies another interesting part of the city waiting to be discovered!
Princes Street Gardens fill the valley between the Old Town and the New Town with Princes Street itself lying to the north. On a nice day, this is a good place to go and relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the shops ... perhaps even take a picnic! In the winter, it houses a traditional German market, ice rink, fair and santa's reindeer garden.
The New Town is where you'll find Edinburgh's main shopping areas, offices and banks in classical Georgian buildings laid out in gridded streets than emanate precision and symmetry. George Street is the centrepiece of the New Town, an up and coming area with designer shops, hairdressers and bars. Princes Street, however, is the most famous street of the New Town, with it's fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle, and where you'll find many of the High Street chains.
To get some of the best views across the city, a visit to Arthurs Seat is a must. Arthurs Seat, situated by the Palace of Holyrood, is an extinct volcano which last erupted some 350 million years ago. You can walk, cycle or drive up Arthurs Seat.
- Edinburgh Castle
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Edinburgh Zoo
- Royal Museum of Scotland
- National Gallery of Scotland
- The Real Mary King's Close
- Royal Yacht Britannia
- St Giles Cathedral
- Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
- Dean Gallery