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View of Edinburgh Castle. Learn English in Scotland.

Scotland’s capital city is steeped in history, art and culture, and is a wonderful place to learn English.

Compact and easy to get around, Edinburgh offers a fantastic variety of stunning scenery, narrow wynds (lanes) and hidden courtyards in the Old Town and elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town, parks and green spaces, galleries and museums. It is a cosmopolitan city with a growing bar and café culture, Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and a festival nearly every month of the year.

The forbidding Castle Rock looms over the city where Edinburgh Castle, at times both a royal residence and military barracks, dominates the skyline.

The castle houses the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny used for the enthronement of Scotland’s royalty. Every day except Sunday, crowds gather to hear the firing of the famous One O’clock Gun. 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), the official residence of the monarch in Scotland, stands at the other end of the Royal Mile against the backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano in the centre of Edinburgh. A working palace, Holyrood is used for state events and official entertaining but is best known as the residence of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visitors can see the 14 historic and State Apartments and visit the Queen’s gallery and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.

Holyrood Park is popular with joggers, walkers and cyclists.

For a really stunning walk explore the Salisbury Crags, the series of cliffs at its heart, and make the steep climb up Arthur’s Seat for breath-taking views of the city and beyond.

The Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in the centre of the city is an imposing neo-classical building housing an important collection of European art from the Renaissance to post-impressionism and boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of Scottish paintings in the world. Together with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art the combined permanent collection has over 96,000 works. A Gallery Bus transports visitors to all three galleries.

Other attractions include the National Museum of Scotland which tells the history of Scotland from prehistory to the present day and is one of the top 20 most visited museums in the world.

A more recent addition is the Scottish Parliament where visitors can watch debates or book a guided tour. And visitors can climb the 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, the world’s biggest monument to a writer, built to commemorate Sir Walter Scott.

Edinburgh is blessed with many green spaces for those who want to escape the city bustle. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden, founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, and now a world-renowned centre for plant science and education spread over four gardens.

There are many fine pubs and restaurants throughout the city, as well as a thriving club and music scene, with live music venues such as Cabaret Voltaire, Usher Hall, the Caves, Queen’s Hall and the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

In August the city is buzzing as artists and visitors come for the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, featuring theatre, classical music, dance, opera and art.

This, the world’s largest arts festival, is the icing on the cake for one of the most beautiful and compelling cities in the world.



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