Top Tourist Tips For an Unforgettable Trip
Edinburgh is one of the UK most beautiful cities and a world-popular tourist destination. From New Year celebrations, the International Festival to All-Hallows Eve fireworks, there is much to do and see at any time of year. The Scottish know how to celebrate and Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is no exception.
Those planning a trip this summer are in for a treat, as the Edinburgh International Festival 2010 has a fantastic programme of unmissable events, featuring the very best in international opera, music, drama and dance. Those seeking something a little less high-brow should look to the Fringe, a brilliant mix of street artists, comedians and stunt performers, many of whom can be seen for free.
And when you are not busy with the Festival, Edinburgh still has so much to offer, from museums to gardens. The historically-minded should visit the National Museum, where you can find the stuffed Dolly the Sheep, or the Royal Scottish Regimental Museum, to brush up on your Scottish military history. Art lovers will adore Edinburgh numerous art museums and galleries, from the sombre National Gallery, to the funky Museum of Modern Art. For those wishing to escape the city bustling, a soothing stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens will calm your spirit and recharge your batteries.
So that is the sites sorted, but what about accommodation?
Edinburgh accommodation varies greatly, from serviced apartments to couch-surfing. Bearing in mind the city sees its population almost double during the festival season, it is worth booking well in advance to secure a place; particularly if you are looking for an apartment or hotel. Whilst hostel spaces can be found last minute, it may not be the most relaxing of experiences, especially given their noisy, central locations. For those willing to pay the extra, Edinburgh offers plenty of beautiful apartments, from two beds to six, so you can guarantee you will not be in a room with anyone you don not know. You may find they are a better choice than hotels, as serviced apartments give you greater flexibility and provide better amenities.