Edinburgh is Scotland's magnificent capital, with a culture and history that pulls in over 13million visitors each year! So let's take a look at some of the elegance and antiquity of this beautiful Capital City, and discover the reasons behind its huge popularity as a tourist attraction -
- Edinburgh's famous August arts festival draws in over a million visitors each year, more than doubling the Capital cities population of around 450,000.
- Edinburgh sure knows how to party, and is the annual host of the worlds biggest New Year street party - where over 100,000 merry-makers fill the Princes Street Gardens to enjoy the wonderful music and dazzling firework displays, that take place on the seven hill surrounding the city.
- 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone', the first of JK Rowlings multi-million selling Harry Potter books, was actually written in a cafe in Edinburgh.
- Sean Connery, who was voted the sexiest man alive in 1989, grew up in Edinburgh, as did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author and creator of Sherlock Holmes), and Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone).
- Scotland is famous for its fantastic whisky, and Edinburgh's 'Scotch Whisky Experience' can be found just below the cities Castle. Edinburgh Castle itself is Scotlands most popular attraction, and has over 1million visitors every year.
- Princes Street Gardens boasts the world's oldest floral clock (also known as a floral sundial).
- Visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy tours such as 'The Macallan Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour', the 'Edinburgh Medical Tour', and (for Ian Rankin fans) the 'Rebus Tour'.
- Edinburgh was made a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World heritage site, and the world's first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.