What to see & do

Find out why Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

Nightlife and entertainment

See and do overview - nightlife
Explore the city after dark: live music, comedy, theatre or just a night out with friends.

Culture and heritage

Calton Hill. Credit: Marketing Edinburgh
Find out more about the lively cultural life of the city from historic buildings to contemporary art.


See and do overview - festivals
Jazz. Science. Books. Film. Comedy. Storytelling. Art. You name it; we’ve got a festival for it.


See and do overview - eating
With more restaurants per head than any other UK city, whatever you are looking to eat, Edinburgh has it.

Sport and activities

See and do overview - sport
It's easy to stay active in Edinburgh, whether you’re an adrenaline addict or simply looking for a new hobby.

Gardens and green spaces

See and do overview - gardens
Escape the buzz of the city and relax in one of Edinburgh's many parks and green spaces.


See and do overview - shopping
Edinburgh's shops cater to all tastes and budgets, from high street favourites to exclusive, designer boutiques.

Out of the city

See and do overview - outside the city
Take a break from city life and head out of town to enjoy the stunning scenery and attractions in the surrounding areas.

Edinburgh Unicorns

Crest of two unicorns on a building in Edinburgh
Did you know that Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn? A symbol of power, ferocity, innocence and purity, the unicorn was adopted as Scotland’s heraldic animal by King James I in the 15th century.