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.
Edinburgh International Science Festival (5-20 April) has added Summerhall as a hub to its city-wide venues. With shows for all ages, it finds the scientific heart of everything from gastronomy to gambling. sciencefestival.co.uk
As Scotland prepares to vote on independence in the autumn, the Royal Lyceum Theatre explores the issues with the world premiere of Tim Barrow's Union, telling the story of the original Union of Scotland and England in 1707. From 20 March (30B Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX, lyceum.org.uk).
A proper, old-fashioned sweetie shop, the walls of Tynecastle Treats and Sweets are lined with colourful jars. Here are Lucky Tatties, proper Edinburgh rock and gobstoppers galore (104 Gorgie Road, EH11 2NP, tynecastletreatsandsweets.co.uk).
Seven miles south of Edinburgh, but a million miles from it's classical architecture, Rosslyn Chapel is home to the mystical Masonic symbols and ornate carvings of pagan "Green Men" that inspired Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. Take the No.15 bus to Roslin village.