The UK is full of interesting and historical cities and Edinburgh is fashionable with worldwide visitors and domestic travellers. Its combination of culture and history, dining venues, shopping opportunities and visitor attractions can compete with any other city in Europe and if you are looking for a weekend away or a short break with the family it is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of Scotland and its beauty.
In 2008 Edinburgh was cited as one of the world’s top 10 cities by travel magazine Wanderlust and has also been named as a top travel destination by the Trip Advisor Destination Awards. Tourists arrive here in their droves every day to view the outstanding medieval buildings, quaint cobblestoned streets and chic Georgian town houses. Its streets are full of stories from the past, Scottish people are proud of their unique culture and exciting festivals make the city famous throughout the world. Find online accommodation for your convenience and ease.
In the centre of the city the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town district holds the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easy enough to walk around. Its graceful terraces, amble through its cobbled streets and take a stroll up to the castle for its dazzling views of the city below and surrounding countryside, and discover the wealth of stores, bars and restaurants.
Edinburgh attracts all kinds of travellers and there is something to be found in the city that appeal to everyone whatever their age or nationality. If you are in the city with friends, family or as a group the diversity of activities on offer will guarantee something to suit. Edinburgh Castle towers over the city centre and is the perfect backdrop to a romantic weekend, whilst the River Forth is perfect for a romantic cruise and will take you away from the crowds and the volcanic Arthurs Seat has the best views to offer.
If you are looking for some fun then the summer months in Edinburgh are ideal. Book a hotel well in advance as the city is packed with visitors here to experience its many festivals. There are plenty of cheap hotels existing in the city centre and cheap accommodation online is easy to find.
The Edinburgh International Festival puts on a series of events every day featuring performers from the worlds of the arts. Edinburghs six major theatres and concert halls, and smaller venues light up with international classical music, theatre, opera and dance.
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has plenty of free events starting off with the Mardi Gras carnival. Blending the sounds of jazz with a party atmosphere everyone dresses up in masks and costumes as the parade leaves the City Chambers and heads to the Grassmarket for hours of non-stop music. Expect to see Jazz, Gospel, poetry and Scottish musicians alongside international players in a mix of jazz and originality.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest of a whole series of festivals that make up the ‘Edinburgh Festivals’ and said to be the largest arts festival in the world with theatre, comedy, music, dance and exhibitions. Here you will find street musicians playing alongside famous showbiz names and every type of art from the theatre, comedy, children’s shows, dance, physical theatre, musicals and operas to and exhibitions. Search for cheap hotels online to guarantee your accommodation before you go.
The 2009 Edinburgh Military Tattoo is about to celebrate its 60th season with a celebration of the 250th birthday of the national bard, Robert Burns. The live evening performances are televised around the world as they take place on the castle esplanade, performers from over 40 countries appear here once it has been officially opened by countless marching bands streaming across the drawbridge, encircled by images of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and the event is televised all around the world.
Britain has plenty of interesting cities to discover and Edinburgh is a good place to start. For cheap hotels online UK, affordable Edinburgh and Birmingham accommodation look online where you will find a range of hotels, B&Bs, country cottages for rent and guest houses.