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Edinburgh United Kingdom, Lothian

Top reasons to visit:

  • History (6341)
  • Sightseeing (5918)
  • Shopping (5598)
  • Culture (4000)
  • Castles (3569)
  • Architecture (2662)
  • Monuments (2300)
  • Food (2261)
  • Pubs (1511)
  • Nightlife (1506)

Edinburgh was highly rated for history by 471 guests from the United States!

What is it in Edinburgh that makes history come to life?

Peter
Peter, Canada

28 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?

Colin
Colin, United Kingdom

8 days ago Report

Edinburgh bus tours hop on hop off 1 day pass. Buy the ticket mid morning so you can use it until the time of purchase the next day. We used the second day to visit the Royal Britannia Yacht. Use google maps to inform on which local bus to catch back to your hotel location.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

28 days ago Report

Visit the museums and galleries, attend music performances and discover local fares.

Is there more to shopping in Edinburgh than just brand-name stores?

Fiona
Fiona, Russia

22 days ago Report

Troon for ladies clothing on Queensferry Rd
Ragamuffin on Royal Mile cnr of Mary St ladies clothing and accessories
George St has many boutique shops

How well restored were the castles in Edinburgh?

Anonymous, Unknown location

16 days ago Report

The castle would not be part of my itinery unless interested in military history. The new town and the grass market and the royal mile hold the cultural history of the town

Why do you recommend Edinburgh for food?

Robert
Robert, United Kingdom

20 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.

olive
olive, Ireland

4 days ago Report

The ease of access to the 'main every departmental stores and shops on Princess St' with its busy vibrancy. The easy bus accessibility / frequency / cost controls to other areas of the city for local shopping e.g Stockbridge with its wide selection of charity shops selling high quality / inexpensive goods and that ensure help gets to the various worth - while charities.

What makes Edinburgh one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Charlotta
Charlotta, United Kingdom

19 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!

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

sharon
sharon, United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Bistro 1780 - excellent lots of traditional Scottish fayre to choose from.
Miros Cantina - Rose Street, Mexican Restaurant - booking is a must. Excellent

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Edinburgh?

Adrian
Adrian, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith which s 10 minutes drive from the city centre it is a fantastic place to visit and can recommend taking lunch on board

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Edinburgh.

David
David, Ireland

14 days ago Report

Castle. And the canon fire at 1pm

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

Ruth
Ruth, United Kingdom

29 days 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

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

Joan
Joan, United Kingdom

30 days ago Report

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

Why do people say Edinburgh can be seen best by foot?

Adrian
Adrian, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

Edinburgh is easy to walk around and everything is close by in fact driving is not recommeded there are lots of cobbled streets and plenty of practice at hill starts!!!

What makes the Christmas markets so magical in Edinburgh?

WILLIAM
WILLIAM, United Kingdom

26 days ago Report

We were very impressed with the Christmas Market, which was relatively large, conveniently located and had a good range of stalls selling a variety of goods at reasonable prices. The market also had a good atmosphere, with visitors from many different countries clearly enjoying themselves as they bought goods from different stalls and soaked up the traditional Scottish setting.

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

Maryann
Maryann, United States of America

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.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Edinburgh?

Bianca
Bianca, Ireland

9 days ago Report

Stay away from the Old Town and Grassmarket if you're looking to meet locals. Go out around George Street and Hanover Street.

Did the theater performances in Edinburgh live up to their reputation?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

The Fringe is a fantastic experience, so much variety of events and the city plans the layout well with food and drink venues allied to make a great overall experience. Find some new part of the event every year we go. This year it was the Udderbelly area around the University square

What's the best way to make the most of Edinburgh by 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.

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