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Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city, home of the world's largest annual international arts festival and Europe's top party venue for Hogmanay (New Year). Its historic skyline, from the Castle overlooking the city to the jumble of ancient tenements that throng the Royal Mile all the way to Holyrood Palace, is instantly recognisable.

Edinburgh's festivals run throughout the year and are a huge attraction in their own right. They are contemporary, exciting, large, stimulating, classic, avant garde, provocative, international but above all, enjoyable and worth visiting. For more information about the festivals click here.

Not only is Edinburgh a festival city but it is an all year round city centre destination in its own right. It is brimming with heritage with its medieval old town, dating from before King David 1st was established more than 1,000 years ago and is one of the few cities in the world that has a New Town that is almost 250 years old! It is, however, also supremely contemporary with world class exhibitions, galleries, theatres, museums, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Due to the popularity of the Edinburgh Festival and because of its excellence as a touring base, Edinburgh's population effectively doubles during the summer months. If you are thinking of visiting at this time, it is important that you
book your accommodation
early to avoid disappointment.

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