Sprawled across a run of rocky hills overlooking the sea, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and yearns to be explored. Edinburgh is filled with famous landmarks, breath-taking landscapes and quirky hidden gems; you’ll fall head over heels with this awe-inspiring city. Meander through the Old Town’s picturesque cobbled streets and explore the scenic countryside which surrounds the city or enjoy the modernism of city life.
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Edinburgh Waverly is situated right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place from which to start sightseeing. As the city is so compact, you can explore most of Edinburgh on foot, if you wish!
Edinburgh Waverly Station is accessible to people with a range of mobility needs. There is step-free access to the whole station and assistance to and from platforms when required. Ramps for train access help to make the station fully accessible.
From Edinburgh Waverly Station, there are many options for onward travel. Trams, buses, and taxis are all easily accessible from the station.
For further information about Edinburgh Waverly Station, check out our station guide.
The city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides a wealth of museums, art galleries, theatres and historic buildings for visitors to explore. Music lovers can enjoy a visit to Usher Hall, home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Theatregoers will enjoy The Royal Lyceum or the modern Leith Theatre.
Outdoor enthusiasts won’t have to go far from the city to escape to the spectacular scenery of the Lothians. Visiting Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano near the city, is a favourite activity for tourists. However, if you want the view closer to the city centre, Edinburgh Castle offers spectacular vistas and a chance to explore the city’s fascinating history.
From designer department stores and high street favourites to smaller boutiques and craft markets, you will be spoilt for choice whilst shopping in Scotland’s capital city. As well as providing all the high street classics, Princes Street boasts a stunning setting, including panoramic views of the Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town.
Running parallel to Princes Street, George Street has recently become one of Edinburgh’s best upmarket shopping areas and is home to a plethora of designer stores. Bookended by two charming squares and made up of stunning Georgian architecture, it’s a great place to wander. If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Grassmarket for independent merchants, designers and artisans, as well as quirky cafés and bars, all in a picture-perfect setting.
Michelin-starred fine dining or the local chippy? Your favourite chain restaurant or a cheap, cheerful curry house? Whatever you fancy eating whilst in Edinburgh, your palate is sure to be satisfied. Edinburgh is renowned for its fine dining scene; four local restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars. You will find some of the most luxurious dining experiences in the UK here, so why not treat yourself? The Tower Restaurant and Terrace is a superb rooftop restaurant situated above the Museum of Scotland, providing outstanding views and mouth-watering cuisine.
And of course, you can’t leave Scotland without trying haggis! So, head to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile which is jam-packed with all manner of Scottish stores and restaurants.
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