Edinburgh city life
Edinburgh is a city full of iconic sights and historical places, and a mixture of contemporary urban with medieval traces. Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you plan to visit Edinburgh on a budget, then you should not miss the following opportunities:
- trek up Arthur’s Seat and enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire city
- explore the Cramond beach and see the remaining World War 2 fortifications
- visit the National Museum of Scotland
- take a tram trip around the centre of Edinburgh
- hill walk in the highlands and taste de delicious Scottish porridge, kippers, or black pudding.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh include: the Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, the Murrayfield Stadium for rugby fixtures, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden, Holyrood Park, Victoria Street for shopping, and many more.
Edinburgh is also a city that loves festivals and festivities. Between June-September, you can attend the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh’s International Film Festival, and the Fringe, the largest annual international arts festival in the world.
The main nightclubs are to be found on George Street, and there are plenty of live music venues on Lothian Road and the Cowgate.
International atmosphere in Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s historical, cultural and natural attractions have made it the second most popular tourist destination in UK, welcoming over one million overseas visitors each year. International students come from over 130 different countries, as well as several foreign communities across the globe. Most expats in Edinburgh come from Poland, Republic of Ireland, China, India, Pakistan, United States, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, South Africa and Canada.
In Edinburgh, the warm season lasts from June to September, with average temperatures of 15°C (59°F) and rarely exceeding 22 °C (72 °F). The cold season lasts from November to March, with temperatures often falling below freezing level; the coldest month is January at 3°C (37°F). Weather in Edinburgh can be sometimes unpredictable, even in the summer.