Cheap flights to Edinburgh
Looking more like a film set than a city, Edinburgh is a picture postcard of Gothic and medieval streets that will impress even the most experienced traveller. Nicknamed the Athens of the North, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities in Europe. It is certainly one of the most visited, seeing over a million tourists trampling its streets each year. They come for its snaking, medieval streets, Georgian architecture, popular festivals and the majestic Edinburgh Castle that has overlooked the city for centuries.
As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is full of things to see and do, from its scary age-old dungeons and submerged and forgotten medieval streets to art-filled galleries and royal palaces.
The stage version of Bing Crosby's classic 1954 movie White Christmas is on at the Festival Theatre all month. Starring Graham Cole, Steven Houghton and Wendi Peters, this is a full-on, old-fashioned, all-singing, all tap-dancing Broadway musical (13-29 Nicolson Street, EH8 9FT, +131 529 6000, edtheatres.com/whitechristmas).
As the Lion King roars into the Playhouse (18-22 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA, tel: 0131 524 3333) for an extended run from 11 October, the City Art Centre hosts Exploring the Lion King, a free exhibition about the musical's inspiration and evolution (2 Market Street, EH1 1DE, tel: 0131 529 3993).
St Andrew Square is the new hub for Edinburgh's Christmas festivities. This is home to The Scottish Market, open 10am-10pm, and Paradiso Spiegeltent, with daily performances of outrageous cabaret show Limbo (EH2 2AD).
Edinburgh in August is one long round of wonderment. But sometimes you just have to clear your head. The Water of Leith Walkway follows the river out to Balerno, where you can catch a bus home or head on into the Pentland Hills. Join at Stockbridge or Murrayfield and head upstream. waterofleith.org.uk