Edinburgh has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s finest capital Cities. With its breathtaking architecture, modern and historic sites, cultural attractions, cosmopolitan atmosphere and host to some of the world’s most famous events, Edinburgh is an exciting place to visit all year round.
The City is visually beautiful with wonderful botanical gardens, many parks and gardens to take a leisurely stroll through, or simply sit and watch the world go by. For those who enjoy a green city, you are in for a real treat!
Under the guise of Edinburgh Castle lies historic houses, churches, cathedrals, galleries, museums, as well as some of the country’s finest array of restaurants, bistros, wine bars, pubs and cafes, visitor attractions, designer shops, and a vast choice of nightlife to suit all tastes. This perfect balance between 21st Century living and historic preservation makes Edinburgh a truly unique place to visit.
In the mid 18th century the loch surrounding Edinburgh Castle was drained, North Bridge was built, and what is known as the “New Town” burgeoned forth. No longer confined for space, plans were drawn up by James Craig for wide streets and grand squares. Craig’s plans permitted building on only one side of Princess Street and Queen Street allowing for the beautiful public gardens to be created at the centre of the city.
Georgian Edinburgh grew throughout the remainder of the 18th and 19th centuries. The first public building, Register House, was designed by Robert Adam; he also designed the University and the north side of Charlotte Square. Many classical buildings such as the National Gallery of Scotland inspired by ancient Greece grace the city centre and from these, Edinburgh became known as the “Athens of the North”.
Edinburgh blossomed into one of Europe’s cultural hubs. This was the Edinburgh of James Boswell, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott; of the philosopher David Hume and the political economist Adam Smith; the Edinburgh painter Sir Henry Raeburn and the engineer Thomas Telford.
Today, Edinburgh is once again the home of the Scottish Parliament for the first time in 300 years, marking an historic event in Scotland’s political history. While representing Scotland in the UK and the World, the Scottish Parliament has become one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.
Upholding its tradition for culture Edinburgh hosts the annual Edinburgh International Festival, three weeks of the very best of music, opera, drama and ballet. Although the Festival only lasts for three weeks, you will find top class entertainment of every sort, all year round in Edinburgh.