Edinburgh is a city of heritage and culture. With a museum or four waiting just around the corner, not to mention a whole entire underground city, there’s always something to surprise even the locals about. We give you the rundown on why you should visit Edinburgh at least once:
Heritage – Why You Should Visit Edinburgh At Least Once
If there’s one thing Edinburgh is not short on, it’s history. As a named UNESCO world heritage site since 1995, Edinburgh offers an abundance of historic sites to visit. From the magnificent Edinburgh Castle to the Rosslyn Chapel of Da Vinci Code fame, Edinburgh is nothing short of an archaeologist’s dream!
In fact, some of Edinburgh’s most prominent historic discoveries have come as recently as 2012, during the construction of Edinburgh’s new tram system; the graves of 15th-18th century bodies were underneath Constitution street, as well as a discovery underneath Princes street of the Crawley Tunnel and Georgian tunnels.
Culture – Why You Should Visit Edinburgh At Least Once
Did you know that Edinburgh was recently named as UNESCO’s first city of literature? Awarded in 2004, Edinburgh even has its very own dedicated Writer’s Museum, paying homage to Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson. Furthermore, if you’re a fan of the fantastical Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, there’s always the opportunity to visit the Elephant House, where the saga was penned.
Also known well as a place of partying, Edinburgh is also host to many annual festivals including the famous festival, Fringe. The perfect place for spotting up and coming talent, Edinburgh has seen the rise of comedians such as Alan Carr, Russell Kane and Sam Wills. From the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival to the International Science Festival, there’s something for everyone in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Zoo – Why You Should Visit Edinburgh At Least Once
Home to one of the best places to see mammals and wildlife from around the globe, Edinburgh Zoo is a delightful day-out. Receiving over 600,000 visitors a year, the zoo boasts fascinating furry residents, including the UK’s only giant panda bears and koala bears. Edinburgh Zoo has a long history of achieving firsts, with the park in 1914 being the first ever zoo in the world to breed penguins in captivity.
Accommodation – Why You Should Visit Edinburgh At Least Once
If there’s ever been a reason why you should visit Edinburgh at least once, it’s to experience true Scottish hospitality. At Parliament House Hotel, we’re dedicated to sharing our city and hotel’s wonderful heritage with our guests. To find out more about booking escapes away such as our Edinburgh Experience or Panda packages, head on over to our special offers.Book Now