City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh


Sunday Morning Church in Edinburgh

St. Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Visitors to Edinburgh over a summer weekend this year have a choice of Sunday morning Christian worship in two dozen churches in the centre of the city. The main services start at either 10.30 am or 11 am and last between an hour and an hour and a half. Every church welcomes visitors.

Show Scotland

Around forty Scottish museums and galleries, from Orkney to Dumfries, come together for this annual weekend of events dubbed Show Scotland.

Big Chill Awaits Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party Revellers

Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party on Princes Street, Edinburgh

The first hours of 2010 look likely to be chilly ones with temperatures in Edinburgh dropping several degrees below zero.

Getting Your Measure When Down the Pub

Beer taps

There are a few customs surrounding drinking in pubs that visitors to Edinburgh - particularly those from North America - take a bit of time adjusting to. A "server" doesn't bring your drinks to the table, rather you have to go to the bar and order.

Castle Baggers Get Set for St Andrew’s Free Weekend

Edinburgh Castle in Autumn

Castle baggers and historical buildings buffs mark your diaries: Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Michael Russell, has announced a weekend of free entry to 47 Historic Scotland sites throughout Scotland on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November to mark St Andrew's Day.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Night Afore Light Night

The Night Afore (30 Dec, the night before Hogmanay) brings a display of light and fire on the Royal Mile and various special tours in popular visitor attractions. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Light Night follows a model borrowed from Paris and St Petersburgh where familiar city venues are opened and illuminated at night to present specially commissioned events and artists.

Thousands Visit Restored Nelson and Burns Monuments

Nelon's Monument - the Restored Time Ball

Edinburgh City Council has reported thousands of visitors on Doors Open Day 2009, held the past Saturday and Sunday.

In particular, the newly restored and reopened Nelson Monument and Burns Monument were busy throughout the day on Saturday (26 September), drawing crowds of some 2,000 visitors and residents between them.

Princes Street Closed For Festival Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert

Inverleith Park and Calton Hill are being recommended by the council as the best public places to view the Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert this year due to the closure of much of Princes Street for laying of the Edinburgh tram tracks.

Edinburgh Art Festival 2009 Underway

Edinburgh Art Festival 2009: James Morrison, Parkhill

All year round Edinburgh offers world class exhibitions from the National Galleries of Scotland to the private art boutique-style galleries, all the way down Dundas Street - the Cork Street of Edinburgh - and dotted around the urban villages of Stockbridge, Broughton and Leith.

Take Five: Fringe Picks In Music, Theatre, Dance and Kids

Fringe 2009: Morecombe

The 2009 Fringe programme includes 2098 shows with 34,265 performances in 265 performing spaces.