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Your Edinburgh Questions Answered

Today we are answering some of the top Edinburgh questions that we regularly see online and hear from visitors. So, if you want to know how to find Edinburgh, what to do while you’re here, and how to get around, read on …

Where is Edinburgh?

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Scotland is the most northerly country within the United Kingdom, and Edinburgh is its capital city. The City of Edinburgh is in Scotland’s central belt, on the east coast, by the shores of the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh has its own international airport and national railway station, so you can get here easily from anywhere in the world.

How do you pronounce Edinburgh?

People pronounce Edinburgh slightly differently in different accents, but officially it’s pronounced like this.

When should I visit Edinburgh?

Trees in the snow Edinburgh

This is one of the more difficult Edinburgh questions, as our city is beautiful at any time of year. January to February is the coldest and therefore quietest and cheapest time to visit. The city is in bloom from March to May. From June to August we have the summer festivals, and this is the warmest and busiest time in Edinburgh. In September and October, the city is awash with spectacular autumnal colours. And in November and December it’s a sparkling festive winter wonderland. So the choice is yours, there is no bad time to come here!

Where should I stay?

We recommend staying somewhere central, so you can spend your time right in the heart of the city. City centre hotel like ours are convenient and comfortable, with great facilities and restaurants on site. Some travellers worry that Edinburgh hotels are too expensive and look for cheaper options. But at Parliament House Hotel we offer high end 3-star ensuite accommodation at great value prices. So why settle for anything less? Take a look at our special offers and see for yourself!

What’s on in Edinburgh during my visit?

Fireworks from Edinburgh Castle

There is always something happening in Edinburgh. Summer and winter festivals, special events, sports, theatre and music … something for everyone! See our guides to what’s on this spring, summer, autumn and winter. And catch up with our blog for all the latest things to do.

What are the top Edinburgh attractions?

The most popular attractions in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Royal Yacht Britannia, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll find a great list of attractions in our Edinburgh Guide.  

How should I spend 1, 2 or 3 days in Edinburgh?

View down Victoria Street in Edinburgh

There are endless ways to spend your time here. But to help you out, we’ve put together a handy three day itinerary. Explore the New Town, Old Town and beyond, by following our guides or taking inspiration from them.  

What can you do in Edinburgh for free?

Edinburgh has many free attractions and activities to offer. From fascinating museums and galleries, to spectacular walks and tours, and magnificent gardens and views. See our blog on free things to do in Edinburgh for lots of ideas.

What is the public transport like?

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The best way to get around Edinburgh is on foot or by bus and tram. You can purchase day tickets for use on Lothian buses and trams, which make travelling around the city a breeze.

What’s the weather like in Edinburgh?

Scotland is famous for its changeable weather. Raining one minute, sunshine the next. And while this is very true, generally we have a mild climate here. Temperatures range from 1 to 7°C in winter and 9 to 19°C in summer. We get all weathers here – snow, rain, sun, wind! So, pack lots of layers for your trip and you’ll be ready for whatever the weather throws at you!

We hope that’s answered some of your Edinburgh questions. Feel free to get in touch if you need any further travel advice when planning your stay with us. See you soon!

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