Find out more about the lively cultural life of the city from historic buildings to contemporary art.
Edinburgh's dynamic cultural scene boasts the largest collection of historic buildings, museums, art galleries and theatres of any city in Scotland.
With its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, and winding medieval streets, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings.
However the castle is just the start of what Edinburgh has to offer. The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland look after a wealth of properties in the city, all of which are available for you to explore.
One of the most appealing things about Edinburgh is that almost everything is within walking distance.
Some of Scotland’s most important national galleries are situated within a short stroll of the city centre. There are also plenty of locally run museums and galleries dotted around the capital.
History or art not your thing?
Edinburgh boasts an abundance of theatres, cinemas, dance and music venues, with a range of events to cater for all tastes.
Nightlife and entertainment
Students have the opportunity to be involved in the cultural life of Edinburgh through the University’s student-run societies.
These include the Music Society, Footlights, the Art Society and many more.
The University of Edinburgh has many fine collections, and some include artefacts found nowhere else in the world.