What to see and 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.


George square during festivals with appleton tower
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.