Short Breaks to Edinburgh

Short Breaks to Edinburgh

A mix of the old and new, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts with the historical architecture of the medieval Old Town merging with the Georgian elements of the New Town. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world all year round, offering verdant green countryside in the summer and dramatic snow-capped peaks in winter.  

The city is steeped in history and its cobbled streets of the Royal Mile are characterised by souvenir shops and cosy pubs immersed in Scottish tradition. August is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Edinburgh when the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the traditional Edinburgh Military Tattoo take place. During the festive season, the Princes Street Gardens hosts the popular Christmas Market with an ice rink, carnival rides, and stalls offering handmade crafts and a tempting array of street food and gourmet cuisine. Just over an hour’s flight from London, Edinburgh is an ideal destination for a culture-filled weekend escape.

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Travel Information

There are regular trains and National Express coaches to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station from London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool. Trains from London take roughly 5 hours, 45 minutes while buses take roughly 8 hours and 40 minutes.

  • Currency: Scottish Pound
  • Time difference: GMT (same as the rest of the UK)
  • Flight from the UK: Regular flights are available from London (approx. 1 hour and 10 min)
  • Visa: Visa not required for UK passport holders
  • Language: Scottish English (main) and Scottish Gaelic
  • Regional drink: Whiskey
  • Regional dish: Haggis
The Edinburgh Pass offers one, two and three day passes that offer free entry into 30 top attractions, return airport transfers, and discounts on tours, restaurants, and more.
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Edinburgh Activities

There is plenty to keep you busy in Edinburgh, whether you’re looking for a relaxed or energetic holiday. Go shopping along Princes Street, hike up to Arthur’s Seat for a great view of the city, or take a tour into the countryside. Several tours are available off the Royal Mile, including bus tours, haunted expeditions through Mary King’s Close, and tours leading into the mysterious Edinburgh Vaults. A visit to the Edinburgh Dungeons is a fun way to learn about the city’s history.

Edinburgh Food & Drink

Edinburgh is home to an impressive range of award-winning restaurants (including 5 Michelin-starred) but a visit to a traditional Scottish pub is a must. Offering both Scottish and international cuisine and a warm interior with fireplaces in winter, they’re the perfect spot for a lazy lunch or a casual dinner. As Scotland prides itself on its whisky exports, you cannot pass up the chance to attend the Scotch Whisky Experience. Don’t forget to try some haggis and black pudding!

Edinburgh Attractions

Edinburgh is home to a variety of iconic landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, and Holyrood Palace. Walk up the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile towards the castle and stop off at the Camera Obscura: an interactive museum filled with whimsical optical illusions and one of the best gift shops in Scotland. Other attractions include the Scottish National Gallery, HMV Britannia, Murrayfield Stadium, the Edinburgh Vaults, and the Museum of Edinburgh.

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