Everyone says Edinburgh has two sides, and we reckon you’ll absolutely love each of them. Book flights to Edinburgh and get to know them both – the ‘Athens of The North’ Edinburgh full of high-culture and incredible architecture, and the ‘Auld Reekie’ Edinburgh, the one that’s fun and down to earth and full of pubs, clubs and world famous festivals! The city can be whatever you want it to be, so book flights to Edinburgh with Ryanair and find out what it is to you.
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Edinburgh is a compact city, easily explored on foot. The city with its seven hills is of course characterised by Edinburgh Castle which is Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. The world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at the entrance to the Castle Esplanade for three weeks in August during the summer festivals every year, while colourful fireworks displays are set off from the ramparts at Hogmanay.
Edinburgh Castle

Towering majestically over the city, the iconic castle will fascinate you with its mix of Royal palace, historic fortress and war museum. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and medieval siege gun Mons Meg before admiring the view across Edinburgh.

​Address: Castlehill​Phone: +44 131 225 9846​Website: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

The principle of the camera obscura have been known for over 900 years, but still fascinates young and old. Over five floors of attractions you can shrink your self or step into the dark room and spy on people in the street outside!

​Address: Castlehill The Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2ND​Phone: +44 131 226 3709​Website: www.camera-obscura.co.uk
The Scotch Whisky Experience

Uncover the secrets of Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Take a unique tour through a replica distillery in their Whisky Barrel Ride before learning more about the whisky regions of Scotland and enjoying a dram as you marvel at the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky.

​Address: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE​Phone: +44 131 220 0441​Website: www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
Edinburgh tours - literature, history, ghosts and ghouls

Under the guidance of a pale guide in black robe, you will get to know all about the plague, war, insurrection and other mischief through the centuries. It may sound depressing but the popularity of the walks testify to the contrary.

​Address: Mercat House, Niddry Street South​Phone: +44 131 557 64 64​Website: www.mercattours.com www.edinburghtour.com www.edinburghbookloverstour.com ​More info: Mercat Tours
Rosslyn Chapel

For a mysterious journey through myth and legend, visit Rosslyn Chapel, featured prominently in Dan Brown’s international bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Hear the intriguing tales behind Rosslyn’s beautiful and ornate carvings before taking a peaceful walk in Roslin Glen.

​Address: Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin​Phone: +44 131 440 2159​Website: www.rosslyn-chapel.com​More info: 10 kilometres south of Edinburgh, Roslin.
National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland is a real family adventure. In their galleries you can watch ancient Egyptian mummies, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and specimens collected by Charles Darwin. See their website to know what kind of exhibition is ongoing.

​Address: Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF​Phone: +44 300 123 6789​Website: www.nms.ac.uk​Opening hours: Open daily from 10.00-17.00 ​More info: Free entry
Edinburgh Zoo

Explore the lives of over 1,000 exciting animals from all over the world. Watch giant pandas, penguins and other brilliant birds or take part in some of all interactive events Edinburgh Zoo offers. Don't miss Edinburgh Zoo gardens inside the park with all its beautiful flowers and plants.

​Address: 134 Corstorphine Road Edinburgh EH12 6TS​Phone: +44 131 334 9171​Website: www.edinburghzoo.org.uk
The Scottish Parliament

In the Holyrood area at the bottom of Royal Mile The Scottish Parliament lies. The building has won awards for its striking design. Here you can learn about Scotland's political history, watch live debates and well as wonder at it's unique architecture. If you want to watch the members of the Scottish Parliament in action booking in advance is recommended.

​Address: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP​Phone: +44 131 348 5000 / +44 800 092 7500​Website: www.scottish.parliament.uk
Mountain Biking

Escape the city and watch the beautiful scottish scenery from a bike. You can go directly from Edinburgh city centre and there are paths for all levels of fitness, coloured coded to be easy to follow. One of the best areas for off-road cycling is the Pentland Hills Regional Park just outside of Edinburgh.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

At the very first beginning in 1128 the place where Palace of Holyroodhouse lies was an Augustinian abbey. Today you see a grand Baroque palace at this spot. The building is very important to the history of Scotland and during Holyrood week in the summer The Queen her self stays here.

​Address: Palace of Holyrood House​Phone: +44 20 7766 7324​Website: www.royalcollection.org.uk
Scottish Seabird Centre

Walking through different discovery centre zones with mini presentations and experienced staff you will get a real wildlife adventure. There are also seasonal boat trips and for the kids there are three aquaria and a kids zone.

​Address: The Harbour North Berwick EH39 4SS​Phone: +44 1620 890 202​Website: www.seabird.org
Royal Botanic Garden

There are many beautiful parks and gardens in Edinburgh but the one you have to visit before leaving the city is the Royal Botanic Garden. With 70 acres of beautiful gardens they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants.

​Address: 20A Inverleith Row Edinburgh EH3 5LR​Phone: +44 131 248 2909 ​Website: www.rbge.org.uk
The Edinburgh Dungeon

Enter the Edinburgh Dungeon and experience 500 years of cruel history. Prepare yourself to meet murderers, cannibals and ghosts and for the brave ones there are two scary rides.

​Address: 31 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DF​Phone: +44 131 240 1001​Website: www.the-dungeons.co.uk
Festival Theatre

Join one of the backstage tours or watch one of the shows playing. The Festival Theatre built with a front of glass in 1994 hosts a theatre with 1,900 seats. The stage is the largest in Scotland and it is one of the leading dance houses in the world.

​Address: 13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT ​Phone: +44 131 529 6000​Website: www.edtheatres.com
Royal Yacht Britannia

Explore a fantastic floating museum and follow in the footsteps of royalty at the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith. With your own audio tour you can gain a glimpse into the life of the British Royal Family before enjoying tea in the Royal Deck Tea Room.

​Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith​Phone: +44 131 555 5566​Website: www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
Edinburgh is the perfect city to dine out in style, with a spectacular variety of restaurants serving up mouth-watering cuisine in atmospheric surroundings. Whether you are looking for Michelin-starred dining, hearty Scottish fare or food from around the globe with a uniquely Scottish twist, you’ll find delicious dishes to suit every taste and every budget.
Centotre

Here you can enjoy dishes from a tasty Italian cuisine. Lovely pasta dishes with innovative sauces, delicious pizzas and fresh fish served in combination with lovely Italian wines. Dessert menu offers, among other things, homemade tiramisu and an Italian ice cream.

​Address: 103 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3ES​Phone: +44 131 225 1550​Website: www.centotre.com
Pancho Villa's

Mexican restaurant, which is popular with both tourists, residents and Scottish MPs. Boasting with homemade chili, guacamole and specialmargaritas.

​Address: 240 Canongate, Edinburgh ​Phone: +44 131 557 4416​Website: www.panchovillas.co.uk
Britannia Spice

Award-winning restaurant with the best food from Bangladesh, northern India, Thailand and Nepal. The restaurant is located in Leith with The Royal Yacht Britannia within sight.

​Address: 150 Commercial Street Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6LB ​Phone: +44 131 555 2255​Website: www.britanniaspice.co.uk
Number one

Since the gourmet restaurant Number One opened in early 2004 they have won several awards. Among other things, Chef Jeff Bland and his team has received a Michelin star. The restaurant is located in the five star Balmoral Hotel.

​Address: 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ,​Phone: +44 131 557 6727​Website: www.thebalmoralhotel.com
Mussel Inn

Located right in the heart of the city, the Mussel Inn is another firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, who adore their simply-prepared seafood and fish dishes, made using only the freshest catches from Scottish seas.

​Address: 61-65 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH​Phone: +44 843 2892 481​Website: www.mussel-inn.com
Kama Sutra

This chain of Indian restaurants serves delicious food to reasonable prices. Tasteful dishes are served with warm genuine service, all to make their guests know the true meaning of Kama Sutra.

​Address: 105-109 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AN​Phone: +44 131 229 7747​Website: www.kamasutrarestaurants.com
The Holyrood 9A

Craving for a delicious burger and a cold beer The Holyrood 9A is the place to go. In the centre of Edinburgh's old town this cosy restaurant with an open fire offers a menu of american burgers and more than 20 different beer and ale varieties.

​Address: 9a Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE​Phone: +44 131 556 5044​Website: www.fullerthomson.com
Kanpai Sushi

Choose to sit at the open kitchen counter or in the dining room, whatever you decide you will be served the best traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi and tempura. The word Kanpai means literally "bottoms up" and is the word for "Cheers" in Japanese.

​Address: 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS​Phone: +44 131 228 1602​Website: www.kanpaisushi.co.uk
Dubh Prais

A true Scottish restaurant serving the traditional dish Haggis. But don't worry, if you don't feel dare enough to try the dish made from sheep guts the menu also provides the finest of salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef and other dishes spiced with herbs from the owners own garden.

​Address: 123B High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SG​Phone: +44 (0)131 557 5732​Website: www.dubhpraisrestaurant.com​Opening hours: Closed Sundays and Mondays
Passorn

With only Thai chefs cooking the food at this Thai restaurants they can brag with serving the best Thai food in Edinburgh. In a relaxed atmosphere you get served dishes made from the finest and freshest ingredients.

​Address: 23-23a Brougham Place, Edinburgh EH3 9JU​Phone: +44 131 229 1537​Website: www.passornthai.com
Wildfire

Wildfire is a family-owned Scottish steak and seafood bistro. Their focus is on carefully sourced Aberdeen Angus beef and Scottish Seafood but they also offer the finest Scottish cheeses.

​Address: 192 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AZ​Phone: +44 131 225 3636​Website: www.wildfirerestaurant.co.uk
Henderson’s

This cosy basement restaurant is a real Edinburgh institution. Savour delicious, wholesome vegetarian dishes as you enjoy evening performances from local musicians. Or, if you have a busy day of exploring ahead, visit their popular deli upstairs for a tasty, nutritious lunch ‘to go’.

​Address: 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1 DR​Phone: +44 131 225 2131​Website: www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk
Restaurant Martin Wishart

Treat yourself to exquisite French cuisine using the finest Scottish produce at the elegant, Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart, overlooking the Water of Leith.

​Address: 54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RA​Phone: +44 131 553 3557​Website: www.martin-wishart.co.uk
Mya Restaurant

Tempt your taste buds with sumptuous Indian and Thai food cooked to perfection at Mya Restaurant, situated in Edinburgh’s fashionable Commercial Quay. The menu is visionary.

​Address: 92 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX​Phone: +44 131 554 4000​Website: www.myarestaurant.co.uk
The Witchery by the Castle

For a classic yet imaginative menu featuring the very best of Scottish produce in a historic 16th century building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, look no further than this award-winning The Witchery by the Castle.

​Address: Castlehill The Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 2NF​Phone: +44 131 225 5613​Website: www.thewitchery.com
Best-selling author JK Rowling gained inspiration for her magical Harry Potter novels as she sipped coffee in cafés such as the Elephant House. And you will soon see why, when you stop for a bite to eat in Edinburgh’s cosy cafes.
Elephant House

This much-loved Edinburgh institution is decorated with over 600 elephants in all shapes and sizes as well as serving coffee and tea from all corners of the earth. Take a seat in the back room to enjoy a magical view of Edinburgh Castle.

​Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN​Phone: +44 131 220 5355​Website: www.elephanthouse.biz
Mimi´s Bakehouse

For Mimi, baking is an art form, and she loves to experiement and come up with exciting new recipes. An example of this inventive joy is the chocolate beetroot cake. Why not try one to your afternoon tea?

​Address: 63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA​Phone: +44 131 555 5908​Website: www.mimisbakehouse.com
Eteaket

This quirky tea boutique in Edinburgh’s classy New Town is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea and cake. Choose from their extensive range of teas, sourced responsibly from around the world.

​Address: 41 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP​Phone: +44 131 226 2982​Website: www.eteaket.co.uk
Two Thin Laddies

The Two Thin Laddies easily catch your eye with their brightly painted yellow walls. This place is extra popular on the weekends, when people storm the place for a hearty breakfast, or brunch, if it’s difficult to get out of bed.

​Address: 103 High Riggs, Edinburgh EH3 9DS​Phone: +44 131 229 0653
Loopy Lorna´s Tea House

You can’t beat a nice cup of tea! This café aims to make you feel at home, surrounded by the sweet scent of hot-baked scones stright from the oven. Quality loose leaf teas and cakes made from family and traditional recipes are a few of the things that will make you want to come back for more.

​Address: 33a Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DR​Phone: +44 131 447 3042​Website: www.loopylornas.com
From traditional pubs offering real ales and leafy beer gardens to upmarket cocktail bars, Edinburgh’s bars and pubs are second to none. This thriving, modern capital city is also renowned for its nightlife, so whether you’re looking for top comedy, a traditional ceilidh -a Gaelic gathering with folk music and dancing, or an unforgettable club night, you are sure to find it here.
The Bongo Club

A real institution in Edinburgh’s music scene. Since 1996 this cult nightclub and live music venue has specialised in offbeat club nights and showcasing new talent. Check their website to see upcoming gigs.

​Address: 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX​Phone: +44 131 558 7604​Website: www.thebongoclub.co.uk
The Stand Comedy Club

Stand-up comedy fans will love this relaxed basement venue, the best place in town to see local, national and international comedians. The club is open seven days a week and on Sunday lunch the scene is open for anyone.

​Address: 5 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EB​Phone: +44 131 558 7272​Website: www.thestand.co.uk
Ghillie Dhu

For a truly Scottish experience, treat yourself to dinner and a pint before enjoying a lively ceilidh -a Gaelic gathering with folk music and dancing at this traditional yet strikingly modern Scottish pub and live entertainment venue.

​Address: 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD​Phone: +44 131 222 9930​Website: www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk
The Jolly Judge

Nestled snugly in the historic Old Town, the Jolly Judge offers a relaxed atmosphere, a great range of malt whiskies and real ales and a warm welcome to all. This pub also provides free Wi-Fi.

​Address: 7 James Court, Edinburgh EH1 2PB​Phone: +44 131 225 2669​Website: www.jollyjudge.co.uk
The Sheep Heid Inn

Located just outside Edinburgh at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, this traditional pub is Scotland’s oldest surviving public house, established in 1360. Make sure you try out their famous skittle alley!

​Address: 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA​Phone: +44 131 661 7974​Website: www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk
The Caves

This unique venue is made up of a series of vaults steeped in history, and has built up an enviable reputation with its club nights and intimate music gigs. The different rooms, being used as stables or storing whisky, hides stories from the past.

​Address: 8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh EH1 1NS​Phone: +44 131 557 8989​Website: www.thecavesedinburgh.com
Edinburgh is the perfect place to indulge in some serious retail therapy and pick up memorable gifts for family and friends - and as the city is so compact, you’ll find it easy to explore on foot and take in your spectacular surroundings. If you are looking for mementos and traditional Scottish souvenirs, head to the cobbled streets of the Old Town - the Royal Mile is packed with shops selling Scottish specialities such as luxuriously soft cashmere, kilts, bagpipes and whisky. Close to the Royal Mile, explore the attractive Victoria Street, where brightly-coloured shops contain a treasure trove of shopping delights. Pick up artisan cheeses, cutting edge fashions and authentically Scottish designs. More quirky boutiques can be found in areas such as Stockbridge or the West End. Classy George Street is the place to go for designer labels, while high-end couture such as Louis Vuitton and Versace can be found on the prestigious Multrees Walk or in luxury shop Harvey Nichols. Nearby, Jenners department store is a real Edinburgh institution offering ranges available nowhere else in Scotland in a grand Victorian building.
Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is only 11km west of the city, but it will take nearly 25-30 minutes to get to the city regardless of whether you go by bus, taxi or hire car. The Airlink express bus no. 100 costs £3.50 single and £6 return. It departs every 30 minutes in the evening and at night, but every 10 minutes during the day. Taxi prices to and from the airport vary and many of the vehicles are adapted for disabled people. Cars can be hired 24 hours and are easy to book in advance via the airport website.

​Website: www.edinburghairport.com
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