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No other city in Britain has so many great attractions all of which are so easily accessible. Edinburgh castle, major museums, galleries and the Royal Palace Garden's, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and many historical buildings are all within a mile of each other.

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Edinburgh offers masses of un-city like activities; rock climbing, skiing, pony trekking, great walks and golf in (or near) the city.

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© Copyright David Hayes An Introduction to Edinburgh »

Edinburgh makes a great first impression – then gets better. Its spectacular skyline of castle and crag, classical columns and spires is the backdrop to a cultural programme that lasts all year. Edinburgh is simply one of Europe’s great capitals.

© 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.

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

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

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.

Dalmahoy West Course © Copyright A Marriott® Hotel & Country Club Edinburgh Golf »

Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s top golfing destinations. It has some 20 golf courses within its boundaries and is within easy reach of East Lothian with its many superb links.

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