Information & Facts
Dominating the city skyline, Edinburgh Castle looms large as it is one of the city’s most famous attractions, home to the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, which are not to be missed. Stroll along the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town, enjoy live music in charming New Town, pay a visit to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano which offers unparalleled views of the city below.
For outdoor relaxing, savour a trip to Holyrood Park located at the foot of the Royal Mile or explore the incredible Royal Botanic Gardens. Cheap weekend breaks to Edinburgh from Ireland are available all year long and the perfect way to explore this wonderful city.
Edinburgh is a very popular destination for ringing in the New Year as it hosts the legendary Edinburgh Hogmanay – the largest New Year event in the world.
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Edinburgh has very unpredictable weather, sunny summer days sometimes rapidly changing into damp, showery conditions or vice versa. Summers are generally fine though, with mild temperatures and bright sunshine, although days might start out misty. Winters are long and damp with many frosty days. December, January and February are the rainiest months, but snow in winter is infrequent. The best time to travel to Edinburgh is during spring when parks are a riot of colour and the weather pleasant.
English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).