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4.5 out of 5
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Saying the Scottish capital is proud of its history just doesn’t quite do it justice. A staunch city built on seven hills, Edinburgh is the political and cultural capital of Scotland. As the winter gray skies clear, the city blossoms with one of the world's most impressive array of summer festivals. If you like hundreds of Scottish country dancers, regal bagpipers and exploding cannons, make sure to visit the Edinburgh Castle's Military Tattoo (buy your tickets today!). How about the arts? The Edinburgh International Festival and its quirky offshoot Edinburgh Fringe Festival (overtaking its parent to become the world's largest arts festival) dominates the city every August with performances in dance, theatre, music and even stand-up comedy. But don't stay away if you arrive off-season, as there's plenty of things to do year-round. The Edinburgh Castle, home to the Tattoo, is a stately hilltop fortress that offers breathtaking views and a quick Scottish history lesson. Keep up with history at the National Museum of Scotland, where you can hear the Millennium Clock chime and see Roman-era weaponry. Scots love their signature haggis so much, they even offer it in a vegetarian option for squeamish visitors.
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    5 Apr 22, 2014

    Scotland's capital is charming, beautiful, & eclectic. You can spend days wandering the Old & New Towns. The definite must see is Edinburgh Castle, as with many major cities in the UK, there are great free museums should you encounter rain.

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    4 Apr 21, 2014

    Capital of Scotland and well worth a week's visit. Old Edinburgh is crowded in high season, but retains a certain charm throughout the year. Best seen during Fringe.

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    5 Apr 19, 2014

    A great city which is easy to visit and not like any other city in the United Kingdom. Full of history, the contrasting New Town and Old Town, excellent museums and great although sometimes expensive food. A trip to Edinburgh is well worth it.

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    5 Jan 19, 2014

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city with no shortage of things to do. It's always lively and always interesting with a mixture of history, art and the huge student population gives it a thriving bar scene. The only downside is probably the weather, but come prepared and you'll never be bored.

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    5 Dec 23, 2013

    Stunning city, world heritage centre and capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is a festival city, with high art, fringe comedy and theater, jazz, TV, and film festivals; and amazing New Year celebrations. Yet, its modest size gives it a very human scale. The "old town" is the medieval heart of the city, stretching from the castle down the Royal Mile towards the royal palace. The "new town" is the late 18th and 19th century additions. While down on the shore of the Forth is the colourful port of Leith. Stacked to the brim with history, galleries, cultural events and national monuments there is always something to see and do in Edinburgh.

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    4 Nov 08, 2013

    We just spent a few days here with friends in from the states, and it was well worth it. For starters, the train from London, while long, is a beautiful one which winds along the coast for the last hour or so after Newcastle. The city itself is full of history, incredible architecture, and good food and drink. We spent a morning in the Castle, did a tour of the vaults underneath the city, wandered around the graveyard behind Greyfriar's Bobby (and found the grave of Tom Riddle - the inspiration for JK Rowling), and hiked up to Arthur's seat. Between all that, we managed to squeeze in some pubs and scotch sampling as well.

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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    Beautiful city with amazing architecture. There's a feeling of history as you meander over cobble stone streets and imagine the bustle of people in the streets. There's plenty to see and do as many things are within walking distance of each other. The restaurants selection is plenty and diverse. When I visited Edinburgh there was a lot of construction since they've been renovating the subway for years now. Don't let that stop you from enjoying the sites. Just avoid the congested areas and you will be fine.

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    5 Oct 19, 2013

    I have never met a people more proud of their history than the Scots, and Edinburgh is the center of it all. Here, jabs at the English are spoken freely on the streets, as are tales of their defeat (one of the best being a 1950s attempt to smuggle the Stone of Destiny out of Westminster Abbey and back to its rightful place in Edinburgh Castle). Music can be heard on almost every block, coming from a bag piper on the streets or from the depths of a tiny pub tucked away in the basement. Make sure to try haggis at some point to get a taste of the local flavor - but don't ask what's in it. You don't want to know.

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    5 Sep 30, 2013

    I love this city!
    It's not that there would be so many sights or something it's just the atmosphere! Maybe it's the castle or Arthurs Seat but something's special here.
    PS: Head to the "pommegranate" for awesome middle eastern food, I couldn't find it on gogobot though..

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    4 Jul 28, 2013

    Unfortunately, I didn't get much of a look around here on my trip up to Dundee, but from what I saw of it, this was a very nice city indeed!!

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