This exciting capital is full of things to do from visiting Edinburgh Castle, shopping on Princes Street, to traditional Scottish shops and restaurants at Royal Mile. Edinburgh is known for arts, culture and theatre so why not experience the annual Fringe Festival, opera and art galleries.
Edinburgh began as a fort. Castle Rock is an easily defended position so from the earliest times it was the site of a fort. In the 7th century, the English captured this part of Scotland and they called this place Eiden's burgh (burgh is an old word for fort). In the 19th century Edinburgh did not become a manufacturing center and so lost its position as Scotland's number one city to Glasgow. The only significant industries in Edinburgh were printing and brewing. Edinburgh remained a city of lawyers and bankers. However Edinburgh was famous for its literary figures and was called the Athens of the North. In the late 20th century tourism became an increasingly important industry with numerous theatres and shopping centres opening. Edinburgh hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1970.
You probably know Edinburgh as home to the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. For three weeks every August, this citywide mega-jamboree involves thousands of plays, stand-up, live music and literary events cropping up all over town. The fun, feverish, slightly chaotic atmosphere makes this quite easily the best time to visit. However tourists still flock to the city during other times of the year to see sights such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Zoo. Edinburgh has some of the most well-known culinary delights in all of Scotland with a wide variety of restaurants suited to all tastes.
Parking with Q-Park in Edinburgh provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Edinburgh from a central location.