Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 local government council areas. Located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore, it is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom.
Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city is also the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.
Edinburgh is the largest financial centre in the UK after London. It has the strongest economy of any city in the United Kingdom outside London and the highest percentage of professionals in the UK with 43% of the population holding a degree-level or professional qualification.
What to see:
Situated at the top of the Royal Mile on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the number one visitor attraction in Scotland and the most iconic building in the city.
Edinburgh Zoo home 1,000 fabulous animals, including the UK's only giant pandas. The Zoo is situated in beautiful parkland settings and includes fabulous flamingos, cute koalas and cheeky chimpanzees.
The Real Mary King's Close
The Real Mary King’s Close is buried deep beneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The city’s deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets that has remained frozen in time since the 17th Century.
National Museum of Scotland
Discover the delights of the natural world explore world cultures and enthuse at treasures from around the world.
Palace of Holyrood house
The Palace of Holyrood house is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Every year, around the end of June, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh stay here and participate in official engagements in the city and beyond.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Enjoy a gentle stroll through Edinburgh’s stunning botanic gardens and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents throughout the changing seasons. Have a stroll through the charming outdoor gardens or journey through a warmer climate and discover exotic plants in the Glasshouse.
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Experience for yourself the varying aromas of our regional whiskies and whether you like fruity, sweet or smoky flavors our experts will help you select your perfect dram.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Voted as the UK's number one attraction by TripAdvisor (2014/2015), the Royal Yacht Britannia was the sea bound home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. It is now moored permanently near Ocean Terminal in Leith.
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