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Edinburgh has something for everyone. There are great pubs, clubs and restaurants, theatres and cinemas, museums, galleries, parks, gardens, shops and sport centres. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.
With its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh has been listed as a World Heritage Site. Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings. But the castle is just the start of what Edinburgh has to offer. The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland look after a wealth of properties in the city, all of which are available for you to explore.
One of the most appealing things about Edinburgh is that almost everything is within walking distance. Some of Scotland’s most important national galleries are situated within a short stroll of the city centre. There are also plenty of locally run museums and galleries dotted around the capital.
Try the National Gallery on the Mound for the best in both International and Scottish art. Or discover the story of Scotland at the Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street.
With more restaurants per head than any other UK city, whatever you are looking to eat, Edinburgh has it.
The capital has an international flavour and offers a variety of national cuisines to rival any European city. In addition to Italian, French, Thai and Indian, you could try Mongolian or Kurdish. There are Chinese buffets and Spanish tapas restaurants and plenty of good old, British chip shops. Vegetarians are well catered for and even eating out on a budget is easy. For smaller appetites, you can try one of the many cafes, bakeries and coffee shops that dot the streets.
If location is important to you, there are even restaurants with gorgeous views of the castle and the Edinburgh skyline.
The Student Union offers affordable food, in a range of locations. With most students living close to the University, these provide a cheap and accessible lunchtime or evening option. Or, for something a bit special, try fine dining in the Teviot Dining Room or Curle Room at King’s Buildings.
The University of Edinburgh’s Academic structure is based on 3 Colleges containing a total of 22 Schools.
You probably have some basic knowledge of Edinburgh, but here are some things you may not already know:
Edinburgh, and Scotland are home to some of the world’s most significant inventions, including: