Hostelworld Guide for edinburgh

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The best time to visit the Scottish capital is during the summer when temperatures reach an average of 21°C. Unfortunately rain manages to raise its head on a number of occasions during July and August, but summers have been getting dryer in recent years. The skies stay grey in both autumn and spring and it is known to rain quite a bit during these two seasons. Snow is known to keep the Scottish Highlands cold for the most part of the winter but seldom covers Edinburgh which is a shame as it looks especially pretty after a blizzard.

Edinburgh is a city which you will warm to straight away. Walking down Princes Street, the city's main thoroughfare, Edinburgh Castle hangs proudly over the Scottish capital reminding the locals and tourists alike of the city's medieval past. There are endless streets to explore, both in the Old and New Towns, numerous shops to keep the shopaholics occupied, while at night the city comes alive with an eclectic mix of young and old filling the city's many restaurants, bars and clubs.

Getting There
By plane: Edinburgh International Airport is 7 miles outside the city centre. The #100 bus (a 24 hour service) departs outside the arrivals hall every 15 minutes and goes to Waverly Bridge in the city centre. A return journey costs £5.

Good to know...
Language: English Currency: British Pound Electricity: 230/240 Volts AC/50Hz. 3-pin plug. Area Code: +44 (Scotland) 0131 (Edinburgh). Local numbers are 7 digits. Emergency Codes: Ambulance 112/999, Fire 112/999, Police 112/999. Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time Central Post Office: St James Shopping Centre, just off Leith St Main Tourist Office: TIC, Waverly Market, Princes Street

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By train: Edinburgh has two main stations Waverly Station and Haymarket Station. If you are going to the Scottish capital via train you will end up in Waverly Station in the city centre. By bus: Edinburgh's main bus station is on Elder St in the city centre.

Getting Around
On foot: Edinburgh's city centre is extremely compact and getting around it on foot is simple. It takes just 5 minutes to walk from the Royal Mile in the Old Town to Princes Street in the New Town. By bus/train: An efficient bus service runs throughout the city, but chances are you won't need to use it. By taxi: As the city centre is so small, a taxi journey shouldn't cost anything more than £5. They can be hailed down quite easily.

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Hostelworld Guide for edinburgh

Traditional Scottish haggis costs just £6. Some start at 7. where main courses that would normally cost £8. Open daily from 11am-11pm (Sun-Thurs) & 1am (Fri & Sat). 6 Johnston Terrace. After Dark Rush Bar.50 cost a more reasonable £6.50.Edinburgh International Festival The Edinburgh International Festival is very similar to the Fringe festival but this showcases the more 'classic' arts and for three weeks the very best of opera. here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city as well as enjoy the hands-on attractions. Mark Your Calendar January . Old Town The proprietors of this pub just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's top attractions must have been backpackers in a previous life. To get there take bus #15 from St Andrew's Square. Old Town Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. The Outhouse (12a Broughton Street Lane) is (unsurprisingly) an exclusively gay bar and extremely popular. August .Cheap Eats The Royal Mile Tavern. 13 Niddry Street. which you probably have at this stage. Ghost tours of Edinburgh Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Within the cathedral there are over two hundred memorials honouring different Scots along with a notable collection of stained glass windows.tasty baked potatoes filled with everything from curried rice peppers to chick pea salad. The Esplanade. New Town While it's slightly difficult to locate (it's just behind Princes Street in the New Town). Royal Mile. Sun midday-5pm. donations can choose tunes from their jukebox! Open daily from 4pm-1am. Old Town This bar is extremely popular with students and backpackers because of this . theatre. Highlights include the Crown Jewels. it's that popular. Sat & Sun 12 noon-1am. 15 West Register St. Opal Lounge. February/March . while selected pints on draught cost a measly £1. and Ireland every year.Military Tattoo One of Edinburgh's most famous festivals. The joys of being a backpacker Gay / Lesbian Edinburgh There are an ever-growing number of bars and clubs around the city.Capital Christmas From the end of November Britain's largest open-air ice-rink can be found just under Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens as part of this annual festival. 3 Robertsons Close. Old Town Scotland's number one attraction looms over its capital and shouldn't be missed. Italy. Old Town This area just below Edinburgh Castle is where you will find Edinburgh's largest concentration of bars. take two minutes to find and you'll be treated to full breakfasts for £ help those travelling on a budget they have been kind enough to offer backpackers a 'traveller's menu'.Six Nations Rugby The annual Six Nations Rugby tournament is one of the year's biggest sporting events and attracts thousands from France. They also do a selection of sandwiches.75. They are all waiting for the one thing . and 'Alba'. July .show your hostel card when buying your first drink and you get a loyalty card. rolls and cakes for those with a sweet tooth. Don't Miss St Giles' Cathedral..Caledonian Brewery Beer Festival Edinburgh's annual beerfest dedicated to their home brew gets bigger every year. Castlehill. while the rest of the time it's just buzzing with the travellers enjoying the cheap beer on promotion. August .95 (student). Camera Obscura.Edinburgh Fringe Festival Edinburgh's Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and entertains over 1 million people annually. Open daily from 9am-5pm (winter) / 6pm (summer). Other highlights include the 'Edinburgh Wheel' and a traditional German Christmas market. Indian and Bangladeshi communities. www. Tues 10am-8pm.Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival This 10-day long event kicks off Edinburgh's festival season and attracts top jazz and blues acts from both home and abroad. New Town For cheap breakfast on the go you can't beat the £1 sausage and bacon rolls from this bright orange take-away. Do your homework before booking.Edinburgh Mela Founded in 1995 by members of Edinburgh's Pakistani. 9am-5pm Sat and Sun. Monday is quiz night. Expect fiery rituals involving lots of drumming and buckets of body paint. the district's most popular Irish bar.30. while the latter is dedicated to everything Scottish and has great views from its rooftop which is open to the public. It features towards the end of the novel and is a nice excuse to get out of the city centre for a while. Open 6. while the best-known club is CC Blooms (23 Greenside Place).Hogmanay Edinburgh's annual Hogmanay is Europe's largest winter festival and attracts over a quarter of a million revellers every year. Grassmarket's trendy pub. November/December .30pm. Rosslyn If you've read Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'. Open 7 days a week from midday until 3am. admission free.60 and cheeseburger and chips for £2. The New Year is traditionally a more important celebration in Scotland and you'll see why if you visit during Hogmanay. 51 George St. then make sure to visit this quaint chapel not far from Edinburgh. the Royal Apartments and the National War Museum of Scotland.30am/10am-5pm/6pm/7. 'The Last Drop' which is at the site of the last public hanging in Scotland. Open daily from 6. Open daily from 9. Some of the most popular include 'Biddy Mulligans'. Royal Museum/Museum of Scotland. Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm (until 5 between Apr & Oct). The Baked Potato Shop. Another hotspot popular with Edinburgh's gay community is the unpretentious Pop Rokit (2 Picardy Place). others start at 9. Open daily from 9am-9pm. Old Town Specialising in vegetarian food. Thursday is karaoke night. Cowgate. Old Town This imaginatively-named pub on the Old Town's main thoroughfare is good value considering its location. with most of the action concentrating around Broughton Street in the New Town.50. embark on one of the numerous haunted tours which depart from various points along the Royal Mile every night. 127 High Street. 56 Cockburn Street. Rosslyn Chapel. Chambers Street. and if you want to be told old legends and tales about the city's ghastly ghouls and ghosts. this late night bar/club on Georges St is the best place to go.hostelworld. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. After that all spirits and mixers cost £1. Show your hostel key to avail. admission free. Open daily from 11am-1am. Eatings.30am-6pm. Snax. admission £9. August . The former houses everything from old Elton John outfits to enormous whale skeletons. 8am-6pm Sun. June . Dedicate at least two hours to appreciate it fully. just minutes from Princes Street. Edinburgh's annual Beltane festival is one of the year's most unique events. Old Town These museums which stand side by side are two of Edinburgh's most enthralling. The portions aren't as big. St Giles' Cathedral dates back to the 1120s.Beltane Celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Choose from over 30 beers to sample and get treated to lots of live music.25. then some bring you to places others don't have access to. admission £15. Bar-hopping in the Grassmarket area. New Town When you want to don your gladrags. music and dance entertains lovers of the arts. And don't worry about not liking the music .95 (adult).30am-6pm . while if you're not feeling adventurous you can try standard fare such as fish and chips or a meaty burger. April . 'The Baked Potato Shop' has queues forming outside on occasion. Hostelworld Guide for edinburgh Edinburgh Castle. alcopops cost just £1.. Mela is Scotland's biggest intercultural festival. Scotland's numero uno The Castle Arms. £7. 172 Rose Street. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-1am. Old Town One of Edinburgh's oldest attractions. September . The Globe. but it's still great value. this is where marching bands with pipes and drums perform in front of the impressive backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Old Town Edinburgh's number one backpacker bar has something going on every night.30pm. sip cocktails and dance the night away. The perfect excuse to adorn your body with those 'good clothes' you never thought you'd wear on the road.

org. £3 per hour. If you're not the most energetic person in the world or you don't like heights. Stick your head in for five minutes to see the age-old tradition where solicitors walk up and down the hall so the sound of their footsteps ensures nobody else can hear their conversation. Levis. 42-44 Cockburn St. Old Town This place has every service you would expect from an internet café . HMV. www.Castle Hill. but it does get cold up in the highlands. London has Harrods and Edinburgh has Jenners. Open Mon-Sat from 9am-6pm (8pm on Thurs). Find everything from the best names in fashion to watches and everything in between. The oldest one is the National Gallery of Scotland on The Mound which houses Scotland's greatest collection of Scottish and European paintings while also in the city centre is the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street. This bar is always popular with backpackers thanks to its drinks which never get more expensive than £1. Scotland's most visited tourist attraction. you can pay by the minute here if you're only visiting once or buy pre-paid tickets if you think you'll return. That Internet Café. this is where you can get cheap boxes of shortbread biscuits which go down a treat with your tea. Route 1 is aimed at skaters. Benetton and other well known high street names can be found here. £1 per half hour or £2 for 67 mins with pre-paid cards. These include the Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery (below). The vista from the top is breathtaking with views of the entire city and the Scottish Sea also. Then stroll down Princes Street. This includes the 'Writers' Museum' which is dedicated to the lives and times of its famous authors. the oldest department store in the world. Many good restaurants are in the New Town. Open Mon-Sat from 9am-6pm (7pm on Thurs). Sun 11am-6pm.edinburghcastle. Grab your lunch in 'The Baked Potato Shop' at the top of Cockburn Street. Kick Ass has a good selection of male and female clothes. Princes Street. but the most rewarding aspect of shopping here is the view of Edinburgh Castle you are treated to from every point of the street. Explore one of the free museums or galleries.. 13 Bread Street. and Whiplash Trash sells smoking paraphernalia and S&M gear if you're that way inclined. 4p per minute.75! If you have any energy left. but dedicate about two hours of your day to climbing Arthur's Seat and you won't regret it. 98 West Bow. winding.faxing. Just outside the city on Belford Road you'll find the city's National Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery. rates vary during the day.50 for 30 minutes. Visit Edinburgh Castle. the very place where the United Kingdom was founded. printing and (of course) web access. Open from 8am-9pm 7 days a week. The Royal Mile Ok. Edinburgh's main thoroughfare. so it might be the most touristy place to shop in Edinburgh. One of Edinburgh's most central internet cafés. New Town It seems everywhere in the world has an easyInternetcafé. Check out Edinburgh's free art galleries All of Edinburgh's main art galleries are and bottom. What's best about them is that they are all free. Afterwards take a look in the shops on the same street they're the funkiest in the city. A Day in Edinburgh. 18 West Matelands St. Electric Frog. St Giles' Cathedral and more. but it boasts a fantastic location on Edinburgh's coolest street.30am-10.a FREE walking tour! Where and when I hear you ask? Get down to the Starbucks Café by the Tron Kirk on High Street (Royal Mile) at 11am or 3pm where the tours. For a good night out. that's right . Not for the faint hearted easyInternetcafé. Old Town Located at the top of the Grassmarket. Also.edinburgh-pubs. ignore this and skip straight to 10 o'clock. Discover free museums. All it will cost you is a tip! Retail Therapy Princes Street Edinburgh's main thoroughfare is also the city's premier shopping district. you might be waiting for a free PC. which take in Edinburgh Castle. Sun 12noon-6pm. gaze at the crown jewels and explore the prison www. and most shops deal in nothing else only woolly jumpers and tartan hats with wigs. £2. while Cookies is one for the girls and heaving with pink merchandise. Grassmarket. a combination of 4 different streets . depart daily. Open Mon-Sat 10am-11pm. Conquer Arthur's Seat It takes a bit more energy that most other things to do in Edinburgh. Cockburn Street This long. If you're on a tight budget. Sun 11am-5pm.. steep street which connects the Royal Mile to Waverly Bridge has Edinburgh's most eclectic mix of shops. although they can be expensive. get some traditional Scottish fare in a pub on the Royal Mile. a local 58 Rose Street. There's also a good food court on the basement level. and 'The People's Story'. 48 Princes Street New York has Bloomingdales. Get up early and take a hike up Arthur's Seat. Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. photocopying. The Internet Café. minimum purchase £1. Admission free. but this branch was the first one outside London. Princes Mall. Go museum-hopping on the Royal Mile The Royal Mile in the Old Town is full of museums . New Town This central shopping mall has a varied selection of stores selling everything from clothes to music. grace 'Rush Bar' with your presence. Wander through the Royal www. Open Mon-Sat Hostelworld Guide for edinburgh . Lawnmarket. www. Budget Tips Embark on a free city walk Yes. High St and Canongate. Jenners Department Store. the 'Museum of Childhood'. Old Town With only 7 terminals. Princes' Street Gardens and more.Get Connected Web 13. Explore the Royal Mile.edinburgholdtown.30pm 7 days a week. Haymarket The decor in this cybercafé makes writing emails back home more pleasant than usual and if you are staying in Edinburgh's Haymarket it's worth coming here just for a coffee. Open 7. hop in a cab bound for Georges St (they're cheap in Edinburgh) and finish the night off dancing away in the Opal Lounge. and if you are going there from the Scottish capital you'll be glad you got one here first of all. it is located just 30 seconds from Princes Street and has a grand total of 448 terminals. Visit Parliament Hall Just behind St Giles Cathedral is Parliament Hall. Alternative shopping Go over to the New Town through Princes Street Gardens and savour the view of the castle.

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