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Some cities exist as more than just a bunch of bricks and mortar, Edinburgh is a city built on human morals.

Edinburgh is blessed with more than four thousand heritage sites including Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Outlook Tower and so much more!

It’s one of the most artistically sculpted cities and you can easily take it for a real setting of the Harry Potter series.

The city is hoarded with beautiful crags, flourishing gardens and year-round festivals.

History

History in Edinburgh
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Edinburgh became the capital of Scotland in 1437 and it has been predominantly ruled by the British, so quite naturally the architecture of both countries reflects similarities.

The city is divided into two halves called The Old Town which has a medieval street plan and the Georgian New Town which has neoclassical landmarks.

Arthur’s Seat stands at the peak of Calton Hill and was the official royal borough in the 12th century during the reign of King David, the first of Scots.

Famous monuments in EdinburghYear of construction
Scott Monument1838
Dugald Stewart Monument1831
Nelson Monument 1807 to 1816
Burns Monument1796
Genius of Architecture1891

If you find reading about the rich history and culture of Edinburgh exciting then give the city a visit!

Wish to witness the royal glory? Visit Edinburgh today!
Our top handpicked destinations awaiting your arrival are Edinburgh Castle Guided Tour and Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Cultural Festivals

Cultural Festivals
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Edinburgh’s largest festival is called Fringe, a celebration of arts and culture on the planet.

This city is a dreamland for all art lovers to witness great artists and performers take the stage and present shows that suit every taste.

The city offers festivals like the Jazz & Blues festival in July, the International Book Festival in August and the International Storytelling festival in October.

The festival lasts for three weeks in August and the city bursts into a creative explosion with people from around the world.

Festivals intoxicate the audience with musicals, opera, theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions and all kinds of creative events.

Languages

Languages
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The main language of Edinburgh, given its history, is Standard English which is heavily affected by a particular Scottish accent called ‘perjink’ speech.

English gained its popularity by the 18th Century all over Scotland which later got distributed among many different accents and dialects. 

Scot is also spoken by one and a half million people in modern Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling and Perth. 

Geography

Geography
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Edinburgh’s most popular landscape is Arthur’s Seat sitting on a slope of cool lava, the city’s centerpiece.

The city’s gorgeous hills are the work of glacial action which highlights the well-kept botanical gardens like the Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh is the birthplace of modern Geology where the Salisbury Crags’ fossils and sedimentary rocks have been thoroughly researched.

Currency

Currency
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Many tourists make the rookie mistake of assuming that all European countries use Euros but that’s not the case in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh’s official currency is the pound sterling, also known as the pound (GBP), the same as the United Kingdom.

Note that the Euro is acceptable in Edinburgh but it is highly recommended to use pounds for a convenient transaction.

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