Edinburgh, has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is situated on Scotland’s East Coast on the south side of the Firth OF Forth. Home of the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh is enriched with culture, fine architecture and hosts of one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, The University of Edinburgh. The most well known attractions are Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The National Gallery of Scotland. With a population of around 500,000 in 2014, Edinburgh is Scotland’s second largest city after Glasgow.
The historical centre of Edinburgh is divided into two parts by the Gardens of Princes Street. These gardens were originally marshlands, and can still be seen as such on earlier paintings of the city. To the south of these gardens is the old city, dominated by the world famous Edinburgh castle, situated on an extinct volcano. The castle looks down on the shopping district of the city, Princes Street, the beginning of the Royal Mile. To the north of the gardens is the New city where you will find modern architecture such as the Scottish parliament buildings and The National Gallery of Scotland. To the west of the castle is the financial district, where the banks and insurance companies fuel the hub of Edinburgh’s economy. The West of the city is also home to Edinburgh Zoo.
Each summer, the city comes alive with one of the world’s largest festivals, the Edinburgh Festival. The month long event held in August is enjoyed by nearly a million people each year and boasts of wealth of cultural delights including art, theatre, opera, music and dance as well as the traditional Military Tattoo. The cities streets are filled again for the world famous street party, Hogmanay. These New Year’s celebrations in Edinburgh take place from December 31 until January 2.
So whether it’s taking in a concert at the world famous Edinburgh Castle, finding inspiration at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, hitting the shops in fashionable Multrees Walk or Princess Street or enjoying the finest architecture that Edinburgh as a World Heritage Site has to offer, Edinburgh provides a historical and cultural feast for visitors throughout the calendar year.
At The Salisbury Hotel, Edinburgh, you are only a mile or so from all the excitement of Edinburgh city centre. Here is just a taste of what you can expect when you venture out during your stay at Edinburgh’s finest boutique Townhouse hotel.
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