Edinburgh is an ancient city that is interwoven with the landscape and home to extinct volcano systems. It boasts a cosmopolitan culture and people love to come back here again and again to experience it all. The city is located on seven hills and flaunts both its old as well as new faces in the form of Old Town and New Town, respectively.
During the ‘Hogmanay’ or the New Year and during the festive seasons Edinburgh streets are buzzing with activity and merry-making crowds. Usually tourists visit this place during the month of April-September. You have to visit Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival when actors and comedians from all over the world come here to perform.
PLACES OF VISIT
Auld Reekie was one of the previous names of Edinburgh and was one of the scariest versions of Edinburgh. To find out how Auld Reekie was like you can visit Edinburgh Vaults where you can see the place that once sheltered the witches and the robbers. They also once were the torture chambers. People come here again to understand the way of life in the medieval times.
Old Town and New Town
In the Old Town you can find ‘The Palace of Holyroodhouse,’ the Queen’s residence and the Edinburgh Castle as remnants of its medieval past. While in New Town you can see Scottish Parliament and Museum as signs of modern construction. Note that Scottish Parliament has won many awards for its architecture.
When in Edinburgh you can ask people about the 150 years old chamber ‘Camera Obscura’, which during old days the viewers used to spy on the people in streets.
If you get a chance to visit this Grassmarket, do make it a point to shop at antique and jewellery stores. You will be astonished to know that this was once a place where executions used to occur.
From Old Town located below the hills you can see the castle where Crown jewels of the Scots are kept. You can visit this place to get a taste of jazz music in the ancient pubs located here.
In Edinburgh you can find some of the cheapest as well as the costliest hotels in the area of New Town.
You can also find some luxurious hotels in Princess Street surrounded by affordable ones. If you like to be out of hustle bustle or the main area where you can find eateries close by you can find such rooms at Leith. Once a fishing village, Leith is now a place famous for night life and art galleries. If you are visiting this place during the festival season you have to make sure that you booked the rooms in advance.
There are many stylish 5 star hotels such as Chester Residence, Premier Inn Edinburgh Park, Prestonfield, The Balmoral Hotel, etc. with facilities such as family room, sound proof rooms, Wi-Fi, newspapers, gardens, public parking, smoking and non-smoking zones, extra beds, laundry, safe deposit box.
Along with these they offer services such as babysitting, limousine, airport shuttle, 24 hour front desk, etc. A stay in such a hotel for two persons may cost from £200 to £800, or even more.
In Edinburgh, months from November to March are very wet and the temperature changes to freezing from December onwards till February. The city gets rains in April before dry summers start.
It will be a very good option to travel in the city on foot as the city is quite small and you can explore this ancient city within less time. Besides that you will get a chance to see the people and their lifestyle and this experience can remain in your memory forever.
If you are looking for the cheapest vehicle travel option in Edinburgh buses are the ones that you can get at Waverly Bridge and St. Andrew Square. At Waverly Bridge bus stations you can get day passes and you can travel for the whole day and save some money as well as time.
Tram service has started recently and you can try them as they can take you from the Edinburgh airport to Leith.
In Edinburgh you can get black cabs that you can use to move around the city if you do not like to explore by walk or by bus.