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  Edinburgh travel guide 2011-01-19  
Old Town meets New Town

Let us guide you through Edinburgh - Scotland¡¯s capital city, and one of Britain¡¯s most exciting tourist destinations. There are 2 sides to Edinburgh – the historic Old Town with the medieval Edinburgh Castle and cobblestone alleys, and the elegant but classic Georgian New Town. The combination of these 2 parts of the city, along with it's vibrant events and celebrations such as Hogmanay and the Festival Fringe is what gives Edinburgh its unique character. Together, they create a dynamic and fascinating city which truly captures the magical spirit of Scotland.
Culture & history
Edinburgh¡¯s beautiful Old and New Towns have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status twice over. The city is home to 4,500 listed buildings – the highest concentration in the world – and is also a modern, dynamic city of art and culture with its museums, galleries, universities and festivals.


Edinburgh¡¯s Old Town is dominated by Edinburgh Castle , which rests on a hilltop at the end of the Royal Mile. Stay on the Royal Mile for the The Scotch Whisky Experience and Ghost Tours , then head to the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden for 70 acres of tranquillity. And the events for your diary: Burns Night in January, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, and of course, Hogmanay in December.
Edinburgh is full of fabulous places to shop. Princes Street, which separates the Old and New Towns, is lined with great department stores; George Street is full of boutiques and bars; St Andrew¡¯s Square and Multrees Walk are designer heaven; and of course, there¡¯s the Royal Mile for some great Scottish souvenirs.


Edinburgh is a haven for sports fans. Easter Road stadium and Tynecastle Stadium are home to the city¡¯s main football clubs, Hibernian F.C and Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) F.C. And golf fanatics will love Edinburgh too – some of the world¡¯s best courses can be found in and around the city, including Gullane, the Open Championship course at Muirfield and the Open Qualifying course at Dunbar.
Buy before you fly
One thing you definitely shouldn¡¯t travel to Edinburgh without is an Edinburgh Pass . With free entry to over 30 of the city¡¯s top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, a free guidebook and lots of exclusive offers, the Edinburgh Pass is the best way to explore the Scottish capital. Visit our shop for more exciting offers, including Edinburgh Dungeon Tickets , Haggis Adventures Tours and Royal Edinburgh Tickets - VisitBritain Shop . Don¡¯t forget to take a look at VisitBritain¡¯s massive selection of accommodation in Edinburgh
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