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Destinations > UK > Scotland > Edinburgh guide

There is so much to do in Edinburgh that it can be difficult to fit everything in. Whether you want to drink, shop, visit cultural centers, or discover the history, Edinburgh has a wide choice to select from. This is an ideal destination for all year round. Because of its position Edinburgh is the perfect city to enjoy the hustle and bustle, yet is set in beautiful country surroundings with the sea shores a short distance away giving you amazing wildlife and scenic views.

Edinburgh Castle is internationally renowned for its majesty and history; this magnificent Royal Fortress has seen many battles in Scotland's plight to remain free and for freedom. There are also other castles and places you can learn about Edinburgh's amazing history. However if the 'bloody history' of Scotland is too intense for you there are plenty of gardens, historical homes, cathedrals, and museum to visit.

With all this activity at your finger tips be sure there are plenty of places for refreshments and something to tempt everyone's taste buds, from pubs and cafes, to coffee shops and speciality restaurants.

With so much culture and festive spirit Edinburgh is the ideal place to party or relax and is a great place for an adventure.

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Edinburgh Playhouse
Here you can see the West End Musicals.
Location: 18 Greenside Place
Telephone: 0131 557 2590

Ross Open Air Theater
Location: Princes Street Gardens
Telephone: 0131 220 4351

Traverse Theater
Location: Cambridge Street
Telephone: 0131 228 1404

Usher Hall
Location: Lothian Road
Telephone: 0131 228 8616

King's Theater
Location: 2 Leven Street
Telephone: 0131 529 6000

Royal Lyceum Theater Company
Location: Grindlay Street
Telephone: 0131 248 4848

A Taste of Scotland
Enjoy this festival of traditional Scottish food and entertainment in a spectacular setting. You will have a wonderful evening.
Opening Times: April-October. Sunday-Friday 7pm.
Location: Round Stables, Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road.
Telephone: 0131 668 3346

Dalhousie Courte Hotel
Enjoy the Whyte & Mackay Scottish Banquet and show. Watch and eat five courses, beer and wine as this show enfolds before you.
Opening times: Monday-Sunday, 9pm-11pm
Location: Cockpen Road, Bonnyrigg
Telephone: 0131 660 3200



Museum of Scotland
Discover the history of Scotland.
Location: Chambers Street
Telephone: 0131 247 4422

Craigmillar Castle
This delightful 15th Century castle was home to Mary Queen of Scots after her secretary Rizzio was murdered.
Location: Craigmillar Castle road
Telephone: 0131 661 4445

Edinburgh Castle
This delightful fortress is home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland.
Location: Castle Hill
Telephone: 0131 225 1012

The Georgian House
This Town house reflects the lifestyle and period of the 18th Century.
Location: 7 Charlotte Square
Telephone: 0131 226 3318

Gladstone's Land
This house was completed in 1620 and reflects the life of Edinburgh 300 years ago.
Location: 477 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 226 5856

Palace of Holyroodhouse
This is the Queens official residence in Scotland, here you can discover the history of the people that have been residents, including the chambers of Mary Queen of Scots.
Location: Canongate, Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 556 1096

Malleny Gardens
Here you can rest from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh in the 3 acres of beautiful grounds.
Location: Balerno off the A70.
Telephone: 0131 449 2283

St Giles Cathedral
This castle dates from 1120, and has some marvelous history.
Location: Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 225 9442

Caledonian Brewery
Here you can sample the taste of Edinburgh brewing history.
Location: 42 Slateford Road
Telephone: 0131 337 1286

Dynamic Earth
Using the latest technology and special effects this tour tells the fascinating story of our home planet.
Telephone: 0131 550 7800

Royal Botanic Garden
Enjoy the 70 acres of amazing landscape, and the glass house experience for free.
Location: 20 Inverleith Row
Telephone: 0131 552 7171

Scotch Whisky Heritage Center
Location: 354 Castlehill, Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 220 0441

The Scottish Tartans Museum
Here you can see some of the rarest Scottish artifacts in the world.
Location: 39 Princess Street
Telephone: 0131 556 1252

A Taste of Scotland
Enjoy this festival of traditional Scottish food and entertainment in a spectacular setting. You will have a wonderful evening.
Opening Times: April-October. Sunday-Friday 7pm.
Location: Round Stables, Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road.
Telephone: 0131 668 3346



Edinburgh is considered by some as being a legendary night club venue. This is a lively city with clubs open 7 days a week, so whatever the day you can party. Listed below is a very small sample of what the city has to offer.

The Subway
Location: 69 The Cowgate
Telephone: 0131 225 6766

Minus One Night-Club
Location: Carlton Highland Hotel, North Bridge
Telephone: 0131 472 3000

The Subway West End
Location: 23 Lothian Road
Telephone: 0131 229 9197



Edinburgh has a rich history filled with a host of colourful characters, and is marked by many stirring events. Some of this history can still be seen today, within ancient monuments and buildings.



Bedlam Paintball Games
Location: 28 Great King Street
Telephone: 0131 558 1919Ainslie Park Leisure Center
Location: 92 Pilton Drive
Telephone: 0131 551 2400Bike Trax Cycle Hire
Location: 11 Lochrin Place, Tollcross
Telephone: 0131 228 6633Royal Commonwealth Pool
Location: Dalkeith Road
Telephone: 0131 667 7211Meadowbank Sports Center
Location: 139 London Road
Telephone: 0131 661 5351Lieth Waterworld
Location: 377 Easter Road, Leith
Telephone: 0131 555 6000Braid Hills Golf Club
Location: Braid Hills Approach
Telephone: 0131 447 6666



Edinburgh's fine ale and whisky production that is done locally leaves little explanation for the pubs in the city and outside, there are literally hundreds to choice from. Modern pubs, wine bars, taverns and those in buildings of historical importance. Here is a sample of a few.

Ensign Ewart
Location: 521 Lawnmarket
Telephone: 0131 225 7440

Hunter's Tryst
Location: 97 Oxgangs Road
Telephone: 0131 445 3132

NB's Bar
Location: 1 Princes Street
Telephone: 0131 556 2414

The Old Fire Station
Location: 52 West Port
Telephone: 0131 228 4543

Jekyll & Hyde
Location: 112 Hanover Street
Telephone: 0131 225 2022

Mary Kings Tavern
Location: 19 Cockburn Street
Telephone: 0131 225 6843




The Orchid
Location: 33 Castle Terrace
Telephone: 0131 229 1181

The Bamboo Garden
Location: 57 Frederick Street
Telephone: 0131 225 2382

Dragon Way
Location: 74 South Clerk Street
Telephone: 0131 668 1328


Jacques Bistro
Location: 8 Gillespie Place
Telephone: 0131 229 6080

La September
Location: 7 Old Fishmarket Close
Telephone: 0131 225 5428


Location: 20 Union Place
Telephone: 0131 556 4547

The Verandah
Location: 17 Dalry Road
Telephone: 0131 337 5828

Location: 14 Nicolson Street
Telephone: 0131 556 6583


Location: 18 Union Place
Telephone: 0131 556 6590

La Lanterna
Location: 83 Hanover Street
Telephone: 0131 226 3090


Daruma-Ya Japanese
Location: 82 Commercial Street, Leith
Telephone: 0131 554 7660

Tampopo Japanese Noodle Bar
Location: 25 Thistle Street
Telephone: 0131 220 5254


Dubh Prais
Location: 123 High Street, Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 557 5732

Grill Room
Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1 Festival Square
Telephone: 0131 229 9131

Martin's Restaurant
Location: 70 Rose Street North Lane
Telephone: 0131 225 3106

Stac Polly Restaurant
Location: 29 Dublin Street
Telephone: 0131 556 2231

Tower Restaurant
Location: Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Telephone: 0131 225 3003


The shore Bar & Restaurant
Location: 3 Shore, Leith.
Telephone: 0131 553 5080

Skippers Bistro
Location: 1a Dock Place, Leith
Telephone: 0131 554 1018

Mussel Inn
Location: 61 Rose Street
Telephone: 0131 225 5979

Location: 3 Hunter Square, Royal Mile
Telephone: 0131 220 4447


Location: 23 Brougham Place
Telephone: 0131 229 1537

Location: 14 Nicolson Street
Telephone: 0131 556 9351


Bann's Vegetarian Café
Location: 5 Hunter Square
Telephone: 0131 226 1112
Opening times: Monday-Sunday 10am-11pm

Henderson's Salad Table
Location: 94 Hanover Street
Telephone: 0131 225 2131
Opening times: Monday-Saturday 8am-10.45pm

Helios Fountain
Location: 7 Grassmarket
Telephone: 0131 229 7884
Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 12am-5pm



Edinburgh is home to the oldest independent department store in the world 'Jenners'. It also has many more high street names to offer as well as a good selection of unique shops and is a great place to buy gifts.




Edinburgh is easily accessed by car from the M8, and M9, also the A7 and A1. Ones in the center there are many car parks to choice from in different part of the city, all of which are sign posted and pay and display.


Edinburgh's bus station is in the center of the city on St Andrew Square. Here there are regular services to and from all over the U.K. by National Express Coach, offering a good service from a wide range of pick up points and destinations. Here also the Scottish City Link, linking towns and cities throughout Scotland.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80
Telephone: Scottish Citylink - 0990 50 50 50


Edinburgh has 2 train stations, the Hatmarket and the Waverley. Both train stations are situated close to the city center and there are services to each from all over the U.K. for information on train times and departures:
Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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