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Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. The whole city is a world cultural heritage.It feels like a shuttle between modern and medieval times.Wonderful art festivals, rich history and natural landscapes are all fascinating; Christmas markets and New Year's activities are the highlights of British winter tourism.

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Background
Attractions
Activities
Cuisines
Transport
Tips & Tricks

Background

From 78 to 84 AD, the Roman army arrived in Edinburgh and began a long confrontation with the indigenous Celtic tribe, fighting for more than a century. In 211 AD, the Romans returned to the south of Hadrain's Wall and retreated in 410 AD, leaving the United Kingdom.

Then, under the rule of the Anglo-Saxon, bloody wars continued.

In the 18th century, the Georgian era continued to develop its economy and construction, and was committed to becoming a city with a "neoclassical" form. Its architecture was recognized by the United Nations World Cultural Heritage in 1995 as a cultural preservation High value and historical significance.

Today, you can see the medieval fortress architecture in the Old Town of Edinburgh, and the neoclassical New Town has the characteristics of the 18th century.

Attractions

St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral is located in the heart of the Royal Mile. Built in 1120, it has a history of more than 1,000 years. The interior's stained-glass windows, organ, and thistle chapel are all highlights.

Opening hours
Saturday 9:00-17:00|Sunday 13:00-17:00 (all year)
Monday to Friday | 9:00-19:00 (May to September)
Monday to Friday|9:00-17:00 (10-April)

Edinburgh: St Giles' Cathedral
Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle

The castle stands on the old volcano. In the castle, it is equivalent to standing at the commanding heights of the city of Edinburgh. When you climb the castle, you can see the panoramic cityscape and beautiful scenery. There are many places worth visiting in the castle, such as the oldest building in Edinburgh. : St Margaret's Chapel, The National War Memorial, and The Crown Square, which houses Scottish royal jewellery.

Opening hours Monday to Sunday 9:30-18:00
Ticket fare Adult £18.5|Children £11.5|Respect for the elderly £15

Calton Hill, Calton Hill

A small hill on the east side, overlooking the city of Edinburgh from the hill. If you get up early, you can see Edinburgh's most beautiful sunrise here. It only takes 5 minutes from the mountain to the mountain. The mountain is beautifully landscaped, and you can see the National Monument, Nelson & #8217; s Monument, and the City Observatory.

Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Calton Hill
Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Arthur's' Seat

Holyrood Park & Arthur's Seat Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat

The Throne of Arthur is the highest point in Holyrood Park, with a panoramic view of Edinburgh from the top of the hill, about 40 minutes from the foothills to the mountains. In the park, you can visit the remains of St Anthony's Chapel and St Margaret's Loch.

Activities

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020

Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival is Europe's largest and oldest festival. The event lasts for three weeks and is full of art performers from all over the world. Every August, Edinburgh is full of fun. In 2017, Fringe celebrated its 70th anniversary. Nearly 3,400 shows took turns, and more than 50,000 performers gathered here.

Activity time 07/07/2020 – 8/31 (Cancellation due to COVID-19 in 2020)
Booking method Enjoy street performances without tickets, stage plays, musicals, etc. You can book tickets on the official website or using the official App (The official Fringe App).

Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Festival fringe, which debuts in August each year, attracts a large number of tourists.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The first Edinburgh Military Music Festival began in 1950 and is now a major event in Edinburgh every summer! In addition to the Scottish military music performance, each year also attracts teams from different countries to participate, each showing the strongest strength, the scene is spectacular, magnificent, the performance is really wonderful, always a ticket is hard to find!

Activity time 2020/08/07 – 08/29(Cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020)
Details and fares PleaseOfficial websiteInquire

Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Photo source: The Edinburgh Military Tattoo official website)
Edinburgh: Edinburgh Christmas Market

Christmas and New Year events

Edinburgh is very lively at the end of the year, with a series of Christmas and New Year celebrations, and the city is full of joy. In mid-November, the light show was unveiled for the Christmas event, and the public can enjoy it for free. The Christmas Market is the most famous in the UK, with two parts, one at East Princes St Gardens and the other at George Street.

Christmas market
Time: Mid to November each yearEarly January
For details of the event, click here to seeOfficial website

New Year's Eve (Hogmanay)
The most embarrassing traditional ceremony! Torchlight Procession Torchlight Procession
Time: 2020/12/30, 19:00
Reference fare: £ 13 per person (including torch fee)

New Year event: Ceilidh Under the Castle
Experience the New Year’s Eve next to the castle!
Time: 31/12/2020, 20:30 – 01:00
Reference fee: £ 40 per person 

Cuisines

Value Room: Clarinda's Tearoom

The location is close to the Scottish Parliament. The store is very lovely and sells many traditional Scottish pastries. The service is friendly and the price is very close to the people. It is very popular among locals and tourists, and often has long queues. Its Scones are both hot and cold, fragrant!

address 69 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BS

Opening hours
Monday to Friday | 9:00-16:30
Saturday|9:00-21:00
Sunday | 10:00-16:30

Price reference
£10/person

Edinburgh: Clarinda & #039; s Tearoom
Edinburgh: Prestonfield House

Five Star Afternoon Tea: Prestonfield House, Prestonfield House

The Prestonfield House Hotel is a five-star hotel converted from a private residence. It is located on the outskirts of downtown Edinburgh, about 10 minutes by car, with stylish decor and chic seating, it is worth to experience its afternoon tea atmosphere!

address Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT
Price reference Afternoon tea is £30-40 per meal (recommended reservation)

Delicious food: pork wrapped with apple puree

There is a famous pork bag in downtown Edinburgh, called "OINK HOG ROAST ROLLS". Since the beginning of the small shop in the market in 2001, it has already had three stores, which is very hot. "OINK HOG" only offers pork bags, and customers can choose bread, ingredients and sauces. The sauce is the essence, with apple sauce, so that the pork bag tastes extra points, sweet and sour is not greasy; BBQ sauce is also popular.

address
(I) 34 Victoria Street Grassmarket
(II) 82 Canongate Street
(III) 38 Hanover Street

Opening hours
(I&II) Monday to Saturday | 11:00-18:00
Sunday | 11:00-17:00

(III) Monday to Sunday 11:00-17:00.
If pork is in short supply on the day, it will be sold out.

Price reference £ 3.95-6.8 / set

Edinburgh: Oink Hog

Transport

Edinburgh: Edinburgh Waverley Station

train

From other cities by train to Edinburgh, it is recommended to get off at Waverley Station in the city centre. Both the Christmas Market and the Fringe Festival are held nearby.

tram

It is also convenient to travel to Edinburgh by tram (Trams); get off at Murrayfield Stadium and see Rugby; Haymarket to the Haymarket train station; get off at Prince Street. It is ideal for shopping on the downtown streets of the New Town; St Andrew Square is the gateway to the Edinburgh Waverley. At the same time, you can also take the tram to Edinburgh Airport.

Ticketing instructions Tickets must be purchased at the ticket machine before boarding. Tickets must be used within 30 minutes, excluding one-day tickets.

Reference fare (adult)
One-way ticket £1.70, one-way airport ticket £6
Round-trip ticket £3.2, airport return ticket £8.5
1 day ticket £4, airport £9, tram and bus are available.
This is the reference fare, please use the actual purchase price.

Edinburgh: Trams

Tips & Tricks

Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Royal Mile Avenue

Summer? Summer in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh's summer average temperature is 9 to 19 degrees. When the sun is not showing up, the sky sometimes shows a gray and cloudy state. It is recommended to put a windproof and rainproof jacket in the trunk before entering Edinburgh. The picture was taken in June, at the timeLondonThe temperature soared to 30 degrees, and Edinburgh was very cool at the same time.

Go to the Arthurian throne for a picnic!

In the UK, every time there is a good weather, many people will sit and take a sandwich and eat it. Picnic is definitely the most local way of life! Next time, take a light meal to climb the Throne of Arthur! With beautiful scenery, simple food is super delicious.

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