Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant, beautiful and interesting cities in the world, which is regularly voted a must-visit destination. The city is home to many fantastic arts and culture attractions, while it hosts world-famous art events throughout the year.
As the first city in the world to be named a UNESCO City of Literature, spend a day immersing yourself in Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage on one of the city’s popular tours.
Admire the imposing Scott Monument, a testament to the work of Sir Walter Scott, then head up the Mound to the absorbing Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close. Uncover the dark side of Edinburgh featured in Ian Rankin’s best selling Rebus novels, or hop aboard the Literary Bus Tour to visit the cultural landmarks and atmospheric streets that inspired literary greats, from Robert Burns and Arthur Conan Doyle to contemporary bestsellers like Alexander McCall Smith and JK Rowling.
In Edinburgh, the stunning Scottish National Gallery contains some of the world’s most important collections, while the National Gallery of Modern Art is set in sculptured parkland that is itself a work of art. The magnificently refurbished National Portrait Gallery re-opened in 2011, as did one of the city’s top attractions - the National Museum of Scotland.
Throughout the Lothians you can find out more about the local culture in museums, or why not visit the art and craft shops, in both the towns and villages and in the city of Edinburgh, to pick up a gift or treat for yourself?
The calendar of events and festivals peaks in summer with a spectacular range of music, theatre, dance, comedy and literature. Take in star-studded premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, or contemplate life, love and literature at the Book Festival. The Fringe covers everything from comedy to street theatre, and with the jazz and blues, mela and international festivals, and the stirring Military Tattoo, there is entertainment in abundance.
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