Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast
No 53 City Guide
Edinburgh is one of Scotland's most exciting, vibrant cities offering many things to see and do. From its tiny, winding streets to its dramatic volcanic scenery, Edinburgh really captures the best of what a city has to offer. Throughout the year Edinburgh is a hive of activity; however the city's busiest times are undoubtedly August, when people flood in for the Festivals, and the New Year period, when both residents and visitors alike hit the streets for the Hogmanay celebrations.
The Scottish capital has come a long way from the days of "Auld Reekie", as it was affectionately known, to be one of the world's most influential cities. Split between Old Town, New Town and the port of Leith, Edinburgh is well worth a visit.
Getting to and from Edinburgh
Edinburgh Airport is located 8 miles (13km) west of the city centre.
To and from Edinburgh Airport:
By Train - 2 main train stations:
* Waverley: Lies in the centre of Edinburgh between the Old and New Town. This is Edinburgh's Main Station and closest to No 53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh B&B.
* Haymarket: Located approximately 1 mile west of the centre and ideal for travelling to places in the west of the city e.g. Murrayfield Rugby Stadium.
The main coach station is St Andrew's located on St Andrew Square and is within walking distance of George Street, Princes Street and Waverley train station. No 53 is a 5 minute walk from the main bus stop.
Getting Around Walking
* Edinburgh's centre is fairly compact making it very easy to move between tourist attractions on foot.
* There are numerous walking tours available to explore the different sides of Edinburgh's heritage e.g. Check our Attractions Web Page for a full listing
* Walking is a great way to appreciate the best of Edinburgh.
Getting Around by Bus
Main provider is Lothian Buses. There are a wide range of tickets available: * A single ticket never costs more than £1.00. * 1 day ticket cost: £2.30. * 1 week Ridacard: £12.00 (bought from one of the Lothian travel shops or their web-site). There are also numerous bus tours available: * Majority of tours depart from Waverley Bridge. * Cost: around £9.00. * Many of the operators provide discounts for certain tourist attractions so this can be cost effective.
Edinburgh's Top Attractions
Edinburgh is full of many exciting and interesting tourist attractions that are not to be missed. Edinburgh Castle, The Palace of Holyrood,The Royal Yacht Britannia, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Real Mary King's Close, Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens and much much more. For a full list please read our Attractions Web Page.
Where to Eat
To help you organise your time in Edinburgh, be it a long weekend or just one night, before you arrive, check out which restaurants are available and book a table. Whether you fancy Italian, Indian or vegetarian cuisine, you can search and book a table here. For a full restaurant list please read our Restaurant Guide Web Page.
Edinburgh has a lively pub, club and bar scene. This stretches right across the city centre. The range of venues is extensive from underground vaults and old Victorian buildings to purpose built bars and clubs.
Pubs & Bars
If you are attracted to the bar culture then George Street or the Grassmarket are the places to head for. Please read our Pub Guide Web Page.
Theatre & Entertainment
When it comes to thought provoking theatre or cutting edge comedy, Edinburgh is the place to be and be seen. Please read our Attractions Web Page for up to date Theatre and Cinema listings. Much of Edinburgh's theatre, music and comedy scenes are concentrated around the Edinburgh Festival which dominates the city throughout August.
The name "Edinburgh Festival" is an encompassing term for a collection of different festivals which take place from the end of July to the beginning of September. For up to date timetables and event diaries please check the websites below:-
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Children's International Theatre Festival
Edinburgh Art Festival
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
For the Kids
Edinburgh is an exciting city to visit with children as there is much for them to see and do. Most of the museums and attractions do incorporate a kids sections. For ideas please read our Attractions Web Page.
Edinburgh is a shopper's paradise, with many high street stores, huge department stores and little boutiques to be found. Princes Street is Home to most of the major high street stores e.g. Gap, H&M, Marks & Spencer, HMV, Boots, Waterstones, Disney Store and many more.
It is also worth perusing streets around Princes Street e.g. George Street, Thistle Street, Hanover Street and Frederick Street. These streets tend to contain more boutique style shops e.g.
If you have time to spend, it is also worth meandering round the streets of the Old Town as there are many hidden gems to be discovered. It is worth mentioning that the Royal Mile is home to many of the tourist orientated shops.
Gay & Lesbian
Edinburgh has a thriving gay and lesbian scene which is predominantly concentrated around the East Side of the City and commonly referred to as the "Pink Triangle". There is a wide range of nightlife in and around Broughton Street. Edinburgh also hosts the Scotia Pride Festival bi-annually, usually in the month of June and alternates its host status with Glasgow.
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