Watched over by the Edinburgh castle and the extinct volcano Arthur's Seat, the capital of Scotland offers visitors a wealth of attractions. From hidden architectural gems in medieval alleyways to museums along the Water of Leith and hill walks, Edinburgh's charms have something for every visitor. Tourists flock to Edinburgh in large numbers during August to be present for the famous Edinburgh Fringe.
Flights to and from Edinburgh are available from a number of other UK and international destinations and the city is in the same time zone as London (GMT). Winters can be particularly biting and rain falls on average between nine and twelve days a month throughout the year, peaking between October and January. In addition to domestic and international flights, travellers can also reach Edinburgh from the south of England by train, leaving from London Kings Cross and journeying up the east coast. Within the city a extensive network of buses, trains, trams and taxis is available.
Edinburgh holidays are likely to include a visit to both the old town and the new town. The old town dates back to the medieval ages and much work has been done to preserve its cultural and historical heritage. The area is under 2 kilometres long and its main tourist destinations, such as Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles Cathedral, are manageable in a day by foot. The new town is over two hundred years old and home to neoclassical architecture, the modern business district and the National Gallery of Scotland.
In August, the city is host to a large number of theatrical and artistic performers during the Fringe festival. Edinburgh holidays peak during this hectic month. The Fringe is known for its theatre plays, ranging from traditional to experimental, as well as for comedy and music. Outside of the Fringe, Edinburgh is home to a vibrant cultural and arts scene.