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Welcome to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland! Edinburgh has a population of over 500,000, and is one of the most iconic cities in the UK. The city is famous for its Castle and the annual Edinburgh Festival.
HOW TO GET TO EDINBURGH
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is 8 miles west of the city centre and there are daily domestic and international flights to and from the airport. There is a bus service from the airport to the city centre or you can call one of the local taxi companies. We recommend Central Taxis. If you are arriving by bus or train, Edinburgh Bus Station and Waverley Train Station are located in the heart of the city. (TIP: Another option is to fly to Glasgow Airport (GLA) and connect to Edinburgh by bus or train).
GETTING AROUND EDINBURGH
Public transport in Edinburgh is excellent (Lothian Buses) and a tram system is currently under construction. Bus tickets are reasonably priced, however, many students walk or cycle. If you have luggage, lots of shopping bags or are returning home late at night, we recommend calling Central Taxis.
STAYING IN EDINBURGH
For short term accommodation, use one of the city's quality hostels. We recommend the excellent SYHA hostel and the St. Christophers Inn, Edinburgh. Both are centrally located and you will receive a warm welcome and find a friendly atmosphere. For longer term student accommodation in Edinburgh, please check out the accommodation section of the site.
EATING OUT IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh has a fantastic choice of takeaways and restaurants. More coming soon.
GOING OUT IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is renowned for having a great nightlife. More coming soon.
THINGS TO DO IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is the most visited city in Scotland and has many attractions. Spend a few hours in the National Gallery of Scotland, or the National Museum of Scotland (TIP: free entry), see the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia or take in a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse or the King's Theatre. If you are a sports fan there is 'SPL football' at Easter Road and Tynecastle, and rugby at Murrayfield. For the more energetic, enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city from Aurthur's Seat. Finally, during August, experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: acting, comedy, drama and much much more.
SHOPPING IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh has a reputation for great shopping. Edinburgh Castle overlooks Princes Street and George Street, making it a stunning shopping location. The Princes Mall and St James Shopping Centre are located in the city centre. To the west of the city is the Gyle Shopping Centre not far from Heriot Watt University. There are plenty of tourist shops located on The Royal Mile and the Grassmarket area of the city.
STUDYING IN EDINBURGH
Edinburgh is home to four universities; The University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, Napier University and Queen Margaret University, and several colleges including The Edinburgh College of Art and Telford College. For more information on any of these, please visit the university section of the website.
1. See The Famous Edinburgh Castle....
2. Visit Edinburgh Zoo....
3. See the whole city from Aurthur's Seat....
4. Soak up the Fringe Festival....
5. See a play at The Edinburgh Playhouse....
6. Visit Holyrood Palace....
7. Walk in The Royal Botanic Garden....
8. Visit the Scottish Parliament....
9. Enjoy time on The Royal Mile....
10. Spend the day in Leith....
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