Edinburgh United Kingdom, Lothian

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  • History (5174)
  • Shopping (4746)
  • Sightseeing (4718)
  • Culture (3327)
  • Castles (2999)
  • Architecture (2149)
  • Monuments (2126)
  • Food (1844)
  • Nightlife (1245)
  • Pubs (1240)

What is it in Edinburgh that makes history come alive?

Peter
Peter, Canada

29 days ago Report

Like anywhere in the UK, history is in your face - which is one reason I love going there. Edinburgh is no exception. What with the Castle in the middle of town and the Palace of Holyrood on the east end, along with all of the other history steeped into every square inch of this elegant city, I recommend it to all. I first visited it as a mouthy 16 year old back in 1967 ... and yet I had enough maturity (buried somewhere deep inside me!) to fall in love with it even back then ... finally got to come back in 2007 and then again last week. An elegant city ... and don't confuse it as being just "more of England" ... it is TOTALLY different from England!

How can you enjoy the sights in Edinburgh while avoiding the crowds?

MARION
MARION, Bermuda

8 days ago Report

Get out and about early before the crowds gather.We stayed while the festival was on, this was a bad choice as the crowded streets were terrible and we had to jostle with people from all walks of life which we wouldn't normally associate with.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Edinburgh?

Anonymous, Location unknown

3 days ago Report

I would recommend the following:
The National Museum of Scotland is a light, airy building with user friendly activities to capture the imagination of children of all ages. I would also recommend Edinburgh Castle - particularly if you are lucky enough to have Lesley as your guide - followed by a walk along the Royal Mile to Hollyrood, a ramble up Arthur's Seat to enjoy views of the city and a visit to Mary King's Close (ideally in the evening). John Knox House is central and you can take a Selfie in cap and gown holding a quill.

How well restored were the castles in Edinburgh?

Anonymous, Location unknown

1 day ago Report

Excellent perspective on 900 years of history in Edinburgh Castle. Allow at least 3-4 hours for visit

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Edinburgh?

Wendy
Wendy, United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Travelled up for the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Fringe...sooooo much to see!!!

Describe the best ancient landmarks to take in when in Edinburgh.

David
David, Ireland

14 days ago Report

Castle. And the canon fire at 1pm

Which fine art museums should a first time visitor to Edinburgh start with?

Joan
Joan, United Kingdom

7 hours ago Report

Museum of Modern Art, City Art centre, National Gallery Portrait gallery- probably start with Portrait Gallery

What makes the people from Edinburgh so friendly? Tell us your story.

Ruth
Ruth, United Kingdom

2 hours ago Report

We met up with a busker who was collecting for charity, offered to have his photo taken with us and gave our son a go on his bagpipes. All shop and restaurant staff were friendly and extremely efficient with a relaxed jovial manner - not overly friendly and pushy. We were impressed by the booth staff at the castle that were extremely efficient but pleasant and kept the queue moving rapidly to enter the castle

What makes Edinburgh one of those classic city trip experiences?

Charlotta
Charlotta, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

If you like being able to walk round a City and don't mind hills there is plenty to do; aside form the Festivals, there are good free galleries, and great restaurants. Historic monuments. Recommend a bus tour when you tire of walking as informative and restful. We have had several successful trips here with our teens. Would struggle with younger children and prams (try bus tours or the Botanic Gardens, National and Portrait Museums if with younger kids). Likewise not sure how wheelchair friendly; it is hilly!

What's the best way to make the most of Edinburgh on foot?

MARGARET
MARGARET, United Kingdom

7 days ago Report

If like us you want to see the buildings and visit the pubs walk from Holyrood
Palace up the Royal Mile to the Castle, having plenty stop off for real ale in the wonderful old pubs. After the Castle visit go down the steps to the Grassmarket (more pubs) up the hill to see Greyfriers Bobbie back across the Mile and down the Mound past the Gardens. Now it's time to shop on Princes St, just the scottish gift shops. Then up to Rose Street for a few pub visits and finish the day with a meal on George Street. Tomorrow you can visit Leith, the royal yacht and the zoo.

Why would you recommend Edinburgh for food?

Robert
Robert, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

Ate at a restaurant called McKirdy's Steakhouse. A family affair where the meat is supplied by the butcher who is a family member. Great knowledge & recommendation of steaks to fit your personal requirements. Friendly Staff and excellent service.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Edinburgh.

Anonymous, Location unknown

26 days ago Report

Edinburgh is a great city so much history, old parts to explore and new places to see, high street shops , but also quirky shops as well!!!
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Is there more to shopping in Edinburgh than main street stores?

Caroline
Caroline, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

Yes, there are lots of little shops crammed with stuff from antiques and collectables to art and pottery

Why do people say Edinburgh is best seen on foot?

david
david, Canada

5 days ago Report

A lot can bee seen by walking. History, romance, quaint shops and excellent pubs and restaurants to stop and rest when needed.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Valerie
Valerie, U.S.A.

21 days ago Report

David Bann's on St. Mary's - right off Royal Mile - one of the best vegetarian meals I've ever had. Also the Wedgwood - gourmet elegance!
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What will make vegetarians mouths' water when they head to Edinburgh?

Anonymous, Location unknown

22 days ago Report

David Bann's restaurant in St Mary's Street - inventive and delicious vegetarian food in a sophisticated setting.
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What aspect of the culture in Edinburgh was so different to home?

Sian
Sian, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

I have only ever been to Edinburgh during the Festival and it's a great place to be. The atmosphere is lovely and nearly everyone is friendly, despite the crowds in the streets.

What effect did the scenery in Edinburgh have on you?

Caitriona
Caitriona, Ireland

24 days ago Report

The scenery and views of the Old Town in Edinburgh would make you want to stay forever. It is very 'Harry Potter-esk'. Well worth the climbs up all the steps and hills.

What makes fine dining in Edinburgh different?

Will
Will, United Kingdom

30 days ago Report

Castle Terrace Restaurant

What did you discover about the museums in Edinburgh that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Maryann
Maryann, U.S.A.

27 days ago Report

some are not open due to renovation---Surgeons museum at ancient univ of Edinburgh.

Museums are free but only open 10 am to 5 pm so plan carefully. The Britannia has a very nice tea/lunch room in it.

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