Edinburgh City. The capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas.
It is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth’s southern show.
It is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland.
The city’s palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.
The city has long been a center of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, philosophy, the sciences and engineering. It is the second largest financial center in the United Kingdom (after London).
The city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most visited tourist destination. It attracted 4.9 million visits in 2018.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The official population estimates are 488,050 (2016).
More than 1 million people reside within the city region.
The city is the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It is home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery.
The University of Edinburgh is among QS World University top 20 rankings.
The city is also known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world’s largest annual international arts festival.
Historic sites include Edinburgh Catle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Churches of St. Giles.
Both the old town and the new town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN EDINBURGH CITY
- Do not take a bus tour. You won’t get the best sense of the city. Instead, take a walking tour.
- Don’t assume the cultural scene begins and ends with the Fringe. Instead, seek out local artists and smaller festivals.
- Don’t just limit yourself to whisky. Instead, sample the city’s booming gin scene.
- Do not spend all your time in the city center but instead visit he neighboring places for better experiences and scenes.
- Do not expect much from the tram system. Instead, you can walk or take a bus.The Tram system is just one route from the airport to new town. So it’s unlikely you’ll find it very useful.
- Don’t mispronounce the city’s name as “Edin-berg”. Instead, correctly pronounce it as either “Edin-burrow” or “Edin-bura”.
- Do not even trust a blue sky. Instead, always bring your raincoat with you.
- Don’t just hit the tourist bars. Instead, sometimes visit the local ones to connect with locals.
17 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT EDINBURGH CITY
- Edinburgh castle is built on an extinct volcano
- The Royal mile is actually one mile and 107 yards long
- It was the first city in the entire world to have its own fire service.
- The Encyclopedia Britannica was first produced in Edinburgh.
- St. Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in the city.
- The stone of destiny is kept at the Edinburgh Castle. According to legend, it was once swapped secretly for a fake one at some point.
- Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall has a small window high above the fireplace known as ‘laird’s lug’. This translates into “The Lord’s ear”.
- Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world.
- The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the whole world.
- The Harry Potter Movies were filmed in Edinburgh.
- The world’s one and only knighted Penguin lives at Edinburgh zoo.
- Edinburgh wasn’t always the capital of Scotland. It replaced Scone.
- It is the greenest city in the UK.
- The castle was once home to an elephant.
- A Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
- It is the world’s number one festival destination.
- Edinburgh’s landscape was formed by a glacier.
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