Things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh: capital of Scotland.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and is also the city with the 2nd largest population there and the 7th highest population in the United Kingdom.


Things to do in Edinburgh



Sports lovers may want to see the Edinburgh rugby team. They play their home games at the Murrayfield Stadium.


 Edinburgh Zoo

Everyone seems to love the Edinburgh Zoo. With it’s 82 acres of exhibits and animals it’s not hard to understand why. It was built in 1913 and is the only British zoo to have koalas and pandas, and was the first zoo in the world to breed penguins. It also has one of the most varied tree assortments in the Lothians.


Edinburgh Castle 

One of the most popular things to do in Edinburgh that nearly all holiday visitors do, is to visit the Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock. The castle was a royal castle between the 12th and 17th century, and has also been used as military barracks and garrison, and a prison. Then, starting in the 19th century it was known as Scotland’s national heritage and much restoration took place. The castle is also home to the oldest building in Edinburgh, the St. Margaret’s Chapel, built in the 12th century.


When to go to Edinburgh

Edinburgh features a temperate, maritime climate, which means it is actually fairly mild there even though it is located to the north.  In the summer the temperatures can get to around 22 °C (72 °F) and in the winter in December and January they average about 1.4°C (34.5°F).


Edinburgh Festival

Come in August if you want to attend the famous Edinburgh Festival, which is s three weeks of fun, food, and festivities. It’s the largest art festival in the world.


Things to do in Edinburgh


Edinburgh Facts

Population482 640
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageScots, English
CurrencyPound sterling
AirportEdinburgh, United Kingdom (EDI)

Edinburgh average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Edinburgh - Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the Scottish capital since the 15th century, consists on two district areas: the Old Town and the New Town. Together, these two parts of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The Old Town is dominated by a medieval fortress. This district is organized in a fishbone street pattern of narrow closes connected to the High Street, and tall buildings such as merchants’ and nobles’ houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries like the six-storey house of Gladstone’s Land. The New Town, situated to the north of the Old Town, was constructed between the late 18th and late 19th centuries. This district contains many neoclassical buildings by renowned architects like William Playfair or John and Robert Adam, as well as open spaces like gardens.

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Edinburgh Marathon

The Edinburgh Marathon is an annual festival held in May every year. The event features a main marathon, a half-marathon, a team relay run, a 10k, a 5k and a race for juniors under 18 years old. In other words, there is a race for everyone, including elite runners as well as beginners. The route is flat and fast which makes for a great running experience, and if you have run marathons before you have a great chance of getting a new personal best. The route will take you from Regent Road near the Edinburgh Castle through the inner city towards the coast, then following the coastline towards Musselburgh where the finish line is. See the sights of Edinburgh with your running shoes on!

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Maison de Moggy - Cat Cafe Edinburg

Maison de Moggy is the first ever Cat Cafe in Scotland and it is the perfect place for anyone who are looking to spice up their coffee with some cat love. Order a cup of java, play or cuddle with the cats or just enjoy watching as the little furrballs play around, at the same time as you get the chance to meet other cat lovers.

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Golf in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city filled to the brim with great golf. Prestonfield Golf Club, Craigmillar Park Golf Club and Craigentinny Golf Club are three of the most centrally located courses in the city, all in fantastic condition with beautiful scenery on the Scottish countryside. Another great course is located near the ocean, Silverknowes Golf Course, if you want some of that fresh ocean breeze as you play. To be honest, no matter if you are a professional or a novice, looking for woodland, parkland or linksland courses, you will definitely find something near Edinburgh.

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