Social Life in Edinburgh
When a walk round the city takes you from the medieval to the modern day, Edinburgh doesn’t seem to need additional attractions. Nevertheless, it has plenty. Here are just a few:
Food and Drink
With more restaurants per head of population than any other UK city, and more Michelin-starred restaurants than any UK city outside London, Edinburgh knows how to whet the visitor’s appetite.
Out and about:
There’s no better way to learn about Edinburgh’s ancient past than one of the walking tours that operate year-round.
* Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost every main street in the city centre. Explore it at any time, or hire it out for an unforgettable evening event. Visit Website
* The Zoo is only a short bus ride from the city centre. Private guided tours or daytime and evening events are available. Visit Website
* Scotland’s Parliament building, at the bottom of the Royal Mile, is open to visitors all year round, except when Parliament is in recess. Guided tours are free of charge. Visit Website
* The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the UK’s top tourist attractions. Berthed at Leith Docks, it’s available for corporate events, evening receptions and guided group tours. Visit Website
There’s so much to see and do that the only problem might be fitting it all in.
For the last 8 years Edinburgh has been the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings (ICCA).
There are more than 20,000 beds in Edinburgh and the surrounding area – more than half of them within 2km of the city centre.
There are more than 3,500 professional, scientific and technical enterprises operating in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh International Science Festival is the world’s first science festival, founded in 1989 and remains Europe’s largest with 200 events and visitor numbers in excess of 90,000
Edinburgh is the number one International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) conference destination in the UK outside of London.
Some of the East Coast’s most beautiful beaches are within a short drive of Edinburgh city centre.
More than half of Scotland’s research activity is undertaken in Edinburgh and the Lothians.