The city of Edinburgh is full of charm and charisma, a mixture of old gothic styled architecture and modern vibrant activities. From the bustling shopping streets, filled with some of your favourite brands, to the winding roads leading up to the castle, Edinburgh is a great city to visit.
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Within the summer months, Edinburgh plays host to the biggest arts festival in Europe – The Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival. Taking place over 3 weeks you can spend your day’s theatre hopping from one venue to another, experiencing the good, the bad, the weird and the wonderful of the theatre world. See anything from stand up to drama, musicals to experimental productions; it is a great way to spend the end of the summer. The city becomes totally alive with street festivities and activities all making it is a hot spot for tourism during the month of August.
It cannot be ignored that Edinburgh Castle, which is positioned at the top of volcanic rock, is a spectacular venue to view the city. It has an array of museums to visit such as the crown jewels, the Scottish national war museum and three military museums.
The city also has a proud collection of art Galleries, such as the Edinburgh National Gallery, which is housed in three sites around the city (and around 30 exhibitions being displayed at the same time) playing host to many of the countries renowned artists. Visit the Camera Obscura, a Victorian tower which allows you to see panoramic moving images of the city on a viewing table through a giant periscope.
A part of Edinburgh’s ambient is its student body. Edinburgh University is the 3rd most popular university in the UK. It has produced some of the major figures in modern history such as: the naturalist Charles Darwin, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, philosopher David Hume just to name a few. The student atmosphere is really strong during August where everyone gets involved in the fringe festivals, hosting great outdoor events and socials.
If you enjoy the vivacious city life of Edinburgh why not rent a car in Edinburgh and drive to Glasgow, which is only 1 hour away. From bagpipes to shortbread, kilts and castles, Edinburgh is a great place to visit!
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