Edinburgh (United kingdom)

Edinburgh is a large city in the northern part of Great Britain and the capital city of Scotland. The city is famous for its Edinburgh Castle, which is located above the actual city on a hill. Edinburgh is a very old city and the region has a number of historic churches and palaces, which are built next to modern buildings. The city is also regarded as Scotland's center for nightlife and numerous festivals enrich its life even further throughout the year.

Population: 487,500
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: English
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Electric plugs: G
Voltage: 120 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A service fee is often included. If it's not, in good service restaurants the expected tip is around 10%, otherwise, it isn't expected.
Time in destination: Dec 15, 2019, 4:46:59 AM

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Weather Forecast

Sun
15.12

Fair

39°F

Mon
16.12

Fair

37°F

Tue
17.12

Rain showers

39°F

Wed
18.12

Partly cloudy

39°F

Thu
19.12

Partly cloudy

45°F

Fri
20.12

Heavy rain

41°F

Sat
21.12

Rain

41°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

The weather in Edinburgh changes a lot during the year. Most rain falls from October to January, but the city offers a wealth of things to see and do when it rains.

From June to August are the best months to enjoy Edinburgh. It's the city's busiest time for tourism, with much to enjoy, especially in August when festivals begin.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 38.5 43.9 32.9 11
February 39.0 44.8 33.1 9
March 41.9 48.4 35.4 11
April 45.1 52.3 37.9 7
May 50.2 57.9 42.4 9
June 55.4 63.1 47.7 8
July 59.0 66.7 51.1 9
August 58.6 66.4 50.9 9
September 54.5 61.5 47.3 10
October 48.9 55.4 42.4 11
November 42.6 48.6 36.5 11
December 39.6 45.0 34.0 12

More information: Edinburgh forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Edinburgh 9 most important sights:

  • Edinburgh Castle: Dominating the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle sits atop Castle Rock, an extinct volcanic plug that elevates the formidable fortress high above the rest of the city.
  • Camera Obscura: A popular tourist attraction since 1853, Camera Obscura is situated on the Royal Mile and allows visitors to ascend into a Victorian rooftop chamber to witness a marvelous optical illusion.
  • Ocean Terminal: Located directly opposite Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront, Ocean Terminal is a venue where you can shop, play and dine whilst enjoying a stunning waterside location.
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience: Discover the process behind making this famous Scottish beverage, as well as its history and heritage.
  • Murrayfield Ice Rink: If you love ice skating, you're in for a real treat at Murrayfield Ice Rink.
  • Edinburgh Zoo: Where monkeys swing from the trees and penguins march and play, Edinburgh Zoo is home to a wide variety of exotic and wonderful creatures.
  • The Real Mary King's Close: Frozen in time since the 17th century, The Real Mary King's Close is a haunting step back in time that's both fascinating and chilling.
  • National Mining Museum Scotland: After donning your hard hat, delve deep into the mine where entire families would come and work.
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: With a collection of more than 15,000 plants, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been caring and growing plants since 1670.

Recommendation for one day:

  1. Visit Arthur's Seat, one of four hill forts, dating from around 2,000 years ago. Situated within Holyrood Park, as well as it's rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.
  2. Nearby is the National Museum of Scotland, explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and design and Scottish history, all under one roof.
  3. See Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.
  4. A unique experience can be had at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. In World of Illusions, experience five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including a vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Get involved, play, touch everything. It's great fun for all ages, whatever the weather.
  5. Round off the day at Royal Mile, a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town connecting Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in Scotland.

More information: Edinburgh sights on map

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Edinburgh is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $58.44, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $266.59, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $70.73
  • Hotel (3 stars): $102.16
  • Hotel (4 stars): $150.11
  • Hotel (5 stars): $210.78
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $12.85
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $21.68
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.83
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.36
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $16.08

More information: Edinburgh price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Edinburgh destination map

Safety

Edinburgh has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 69.1 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 81.7 (better than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 60.9 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Edinburgh safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe