ICMGP 2013 - Edinburgh Tourism Information
Centre of excellence
Over the centuries, Edinburgh has fostered excellence in both science and the arts, helping to develop some of the greatest scientific minds including Charles Darwin, James Young Simpson and Alexander Fleming, and the most creative writers and artists such as Robert Burns, R L Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, JK Rowling, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith.
“Rich in memories and traditions, Edinburgh is immortal in its collective personality.”
A capital city, an atmospheric city, a city which is celebrated all over the world for its contribution to the arts - it's hardly surprising that Edinburgh offers the opportunity to create a social programme as memorable as it is unique.
With over sixty galleries, five major performing art theatres, a host of wide-ranging visitor attractions, there really is something for everyone in this vibrant city. Visitors can take advantage of the Edinburgh Pass, offering for 1, 2, or 3 day free entry to many of the city's most exciting attractions and exclusive offers from some of Edinburgh's top retail and leisure operators.
The centre of Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage site – and very easy to explore on foot, from the winding alleyways of the medieval city, to the Georgian crescents and circuses of its New Town. And along with vivid memories, there are plenty of souvenirs of great Scottish traditions to collect along the way from whisky and kilts to Celtic jewellery and, of course, the legendary haggis!
"The most civilised city in Britain"
HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic Old Town including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where the crown jewels of Scotland are on display, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s Royal residence. Or if you are looking for something different, why not meet the ghosts and ghouls of Edinburgh’s haunted past on a spooky tour through the historical Old Town.
"Coming back to Edinburgh is like coming home."
Edinburgh has more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in Britain, with everything from African and American, Italian and Indian, Mexican and Mongolian, Thai and Turkish to, of course, traditional and modern Scottish food using the best local produce from Scotland's larder – smoked salmon, venison, seafood, cheeses, oatcakes and soft fruits being particularly popular!
No visit to Scotland would be complete without the chance to try its most famous product. In the historic heart of the city there are many places to taste and sample to your heart's desire!.
Shopping in Edinburgh is a wonderful eclectic experience. Don’t miss the magnificent Georgian splendour of the internationally renowned department store, Jenners, or the upmarket and stylish Harvey Nichols around the corner in St Andrew Square. Stroll along George Street for stylish boutiques and designer labels, or wander through the Old Town for curiosity shops tucked away in quiet hidden streets – you’ll maybe find your family tartan or some beautiful Celtic jewellery.
Golf, golf and more golf!
Play the game! This is the place where the rules of golf were first recorded. The British Open has been held near the city for over 100 years and you’ll find more than 50 courses in easy reach including ST.Andrews, home of golf.
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