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Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. Owing to its spectacular, rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian architecture, including numerous stone tenements, it is often considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.
Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city was one of the major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, earning it the nickname Athens of the North. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city.
Edinburgh is well-known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, a collection of official and independent festivals held annually over about four weeks from early August. The most famous of these events are the Edinburgh Fringe (the largest performing arts festival in the world), the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Other events include the Hogmanay street party (31 December), Burns Night (25 January) and the Beltane Fire Festival (30 April).
The city attracts 1 million overseas visitors a year. In a 2009 YouGov poll, Edinburgh was voted the "most desirable city in which to live in the UK". Edinburgh was also rated The Best Place to Live in Channel 4's 2007 4Homes survey.
There are numerous quality restaurants within minutes of the apartment, as well as a lovely selection of pubs to choose from, modern and traditional. There are also five Michelin Star Restaurants close by, The Kitchin and Martin Wishart at The Shore in Leith, and The Plumed Horse, are all a few minutes in a taxi, while Number One and 21212 are within 10 minute walking distance.
Broughton Street has many award winning bars as well as Crombie's Butchers and Real Foods. Valvona and Crolla at the top of Leith walk is a wonderful Italian deli - a must for any foodies. Cannonmills and Stockbridge are within easy reach and both have some lovely independent retailers on their respective parades. Princes Street and George Street have all the usual highstreet names you would expect.
Things to do on your visit to Edinburgh, The Botanical Gardens, (The Hopetoun Village development has been built on the site of the Botanical Gardens from 1763 - 1820), Inverleith Park, Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Scottish Parliment, Arthur's seat and Holyrood Park. Shopping - Multrees Walk hosting brands such as Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Mulberry and Calvin Klein, with Harvey Nichols anchoring the development, Edinburgh is also home to the famous Jenners, John Lewis and the new Ocean Terminal.
For kids... Dynamic Earth, Deep Seaworld, Edinburgh Zoo, The Edinburgh Dungeons and lots of playparks and softplay facilities nearby.
Museums and Art Galleries
National Gallery of Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Gallery, City Art Centre, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Doggerfisher and Ingleby Gallery. The Museum of Scotland, the Royal Museum, the National Library of Scotland, National War Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Edinburgh, Museum of Childhood and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Portrait Gallery.