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Scottish Mussels © Copyright Robin McKelvie Edinburgh Restaurants »

As a cosmopolitan city, Edinburgh offers all sorts of dining styles – with plenty of new places eager to build a reputation.

Edinburgh  Castle © Copyright Historic Scotland Edinburgh Castle »

At the centre of Scottish life for more than nine hundred years, Edinburgh Castle was one of the strongest fortresses in the kingdom. It has served as a royal palace, arsenal, gun foundry, state prison, and as a place of safe-keeping for the State Records and Crown Jewels.

© Copyright James Ross Festivals & Events

Whether it's the frantic fun of August's Festivals, the capital's top venues bringing you the best in arts and entertainment or those extra special one off events, here's what you need to know.

Edinburgh's Festivals Edinburgh's Festivals »

Want to know about Edinburgh's 12 major festivals? Here's a quick guide to the capital's year round programme, from our friends at Edinburgh Festival City.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival © Copyright Festival Fringe Society Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The unruly brother of the ‘official’ festival, the Fringe is a gigantic theatrical ‘lucky dip’ for its patrons. You never quite know what you’re going to see – either in the venues or on the streets.

Victoria Street Shops © Copyright Visit Scotland Edinburgh Shopping

Much more than Princes Street – sample the New Town exclusivity of George Street or quirky Victoria Street in the Old Town. Discover classic department and top-name designers stores.

Shopping in Edinburgh

Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh © Copyright Kim Traynor; Entertainment & Theatre in Edinburgh

This is the capital and an upbeat business centre also with a large student population – so the night-life options are non-stop and varied.

Entertainment in Edinburgh

Fireworks at  Edinburgh Castle © Copyright Visit Scotland Edinburgh Hogmanay

Edinburgh took this most Scottish of celebrations and transformed it into a spectacular four-day event, the biggest of its kind in the world, complete with street parties, music and fireworks.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay