Edinburgh is a compact and bustling city which you can enjoy in many ways. It has plenty to offer and the small size of the city is a real bonus as you can explore most of it on foot. Edinburgh has recently been voted the best place to live in the UK, not once, but twice.
The city boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland. With its stunning architecture and winding streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh both our neo-classical New Town and medieval Old Town have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
History and heritage
Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best-known and most visited of our historic buildings. But the castle is just the start of what Edinburgh has to offer. The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland look after heritage properties in the city, all of which are available for you to explore.
Museums and galleries
Edinburgh is a true cultural hub and you will be able to enjoy a range of different and unique collections at the many museums and galleries across the city. Try the Scottish National Gallery on The Mound for an array of both Scottish and international art.
Theatres, cinemas and other venues
If the museum and gallery scene isn’t for you, then why not consider our exceptional range of live entertainment venues. Edinburgh is home to many theatres, dance, and music venues and events take place all year round.
Bars and clubs
Scotland is famed for its welcoming attitude and love of socialising. In Edinburgh, there are venues of all types and styles to cater to all needs, from student club nights to quiet jazz bars. Many pubs across the city specialise in traditional Scottish music - a must-hear expression of our unique culture.
Food and drink
Edinburgh’s food scene is well celebrated. From quaint cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city caters to every palate. There are also a range of cafes and restaurants on hand if you fancy trying some Scottish specialities, such as haggis or fish and chips.
Relaxing in expanses of green space may seem unlikely in an urban capital, but with Edinburgh you get the best of both worlds. A huge range of parks are dotted across the city, from the University's neighbouring Meadows to Princes Street Gardens right in the city centre. You could even consider a hike up Arthur’s Seat if you're feeling fit.
Every summer Edinburgh is awash with festival fever. The largest festival is, of course, the Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the world. But there are many other smaller festivals running at the same time. Your Summer School experience wouldn’t be complete without a show or two. More info
- Imaginate Festival 26 May - 3 June 2018
- Edinburgh International Film Festival 20 June - 1 July 2018
- Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 13 - 22 July 2018
- Edinburgh Art Festival 26 July - 23 August 2018
- Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3 - 27 August 2018
- Edinburgh International Festival 3 - 27 August 2018
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe 3 - 27 August 2018
- Edinburgh International Book Festival 11 - 27 August 2018
- Edinburgh Mela - 25 August - 02 September 2018