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Edinburgh City Breaks 2019 / 2020

An Edinburgh city break will introduce you or welcome you back to somewhere uniquely beautiful, filled incredible architecture and endless creativity.

Cheap Edinburgh city breaks are always in demand, which should be no surprise considering the cosy pubs and restaurants, shopping opportunities, theatre shows, tourist attractions, and comedy clubs – not to mention the creepy tunnel entrances to the Edinburgh Vaults.

It’s always the perfect time to visit Scotland’s capital. Summer sees the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, fill the city with entertainers and comedy fans, theatre-goers and street musicians. Alternatively, in winter there’s nothing better than finishing a hearty Scottish meal before curling up by a roaring fire with a scotch, and admiring the Edinburgh skyline from inside.

Things to see during an Edinburgh city break

Exploring the Edinburgh streets is a pleasure, with its specialist and souvenir shops for fun and casual browsing, as well as the incomparable quality of Scotland’s only Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, and Harvey Nichols stores. There are intriguing museums such as the Museum of Scotland and the War Museum, artistic opportunities such as the Portrait Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, and exciting tourist attractions such as the Edinburgh Dungeon and the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

We are also fans of the Edinburgh Vaults tours. The Vaults can be explored from a purely historical perspective during which you’ll learn how they used to house taverns, workshops, and storage spaces, or from a more sinister angle where you’ll hear tales of hauntings, rumours of murder, and discover the Vaults’ grim conditions when they became slums to many of the city’s poor back in the 19th century.

At the end of the day when it’s time to eat and relax, a city break in Edinburgh will spoil you for choice. You’ll find an enormous range of restaurants offering wholesome Scottish cuisine, continental fine dining, and more simple local foods, before you face the choice of whether to embrace the lively-yet-chic nightlife, or pick from Edinburgh’s more cultural or lower-key entertainment options.

Edinburgh city breaks – the history

If you crave a city break with a true sense of history, there are few places in Edinburgh where you won’t feel the presence of the city fortress looming over the medieval streets. Edinburgh Castle was built on the site of an extinct volcano, and attracts around 2 million tourists every year, many of them visiting especially to see August’s spectacular annual Edinburgh Tattoo.

The magnificent castle isn’t the only landmark that an Edinburgh city break has to offer. The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the perfectly-preserved Georgian House are bliss for admirers of architectural beauty; animal lovers can find good luck by rubbing the nose of the Greyfriars Bobby Statue, shaped like the 19th century Edinburgh dog famous for guarding his owner’s grave for 14 years; and artists and art fans can find inspiration on Arthur’s Seat, an iconic 350 million-year-old hill formed by a volcano system meeting a glacier.

At Co-operative Travel, we can arrange cheap last-minute Edinburgh city breaks at any time through the year. Whether it’s a short stay over Christmas, or one of our special Edinburgh Festival breaks, we’ll do everything we can to find you the cheapest city break available.

Booking ahead - Edinburgh City Breaks 2019 / 2020

If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Edinburgh city breaks in 2019 / 2020.

Booking ahead for your 2019 / 2020 city break to Edinburgh has many advantages, especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half terms and summer holidays.

Book a city break to Edinburgh for next year and save money now.

 

Edinburgh City Breaks 2019 / 2020

An Edinburgh city break will introduce you or welcome you back to somewhere uniquely beautiful, filled incredible architecture and endless creativity.

Cheap Edinburgh city breaks are always in demand, which should be no surprise considering the cosy pubs and restaurants, shopping opportunities, theatre shows, tourist attractions, and comedy clubs – not to mention the creepy tunnel entrances to the Edinburgh Vaults.

It’s always the perfect time to visit Scotland’s capital. Summer sees the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, fill the city with entertainers and comedy fans, theatre-goers and street musicians. Alternatively, in winter there’s nothing better than finishing a hearty Scottish meal before curling up by a roaring fire with a scotch, and admiring the Edinburgh skyline from inside.

Things to see during an Edinburgh city break

Exploring the Edinburgh streets is a pleasure, with its specialist and souvenir shops for fun and casual browsing, as well as the incomparable quality of Scotland’s only Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, and Harvey Nichols stores. There are intriguing museums such as the Museum of Scotland and the War Museum, artistic opportunities such as the Portrait Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, and exciting tourist attractions such as the Edinburgh Dungeon and the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

We are also fans of the Edinburgh Vaults tours. The Vaults can be explored from a purely historical perspective during which you’ll learn how they used to house taverns, workshops, and storage spaces, or from a more sinister angle where you’ll hear tales of hauntings, rumours of murder, and discover the Vaults’ grim conditions when they became slums to many of the city’s poor back in the 19th century.

At the end of the day when it’s time to eat and relax, a city break in Edinburgh will spoil you for choice. You’ll find an enormous range of restaurants offering wholesome Scottish cuisine, continental fine dining, and more simple local foods, before you face the choice of whether to embrace the lively-yet-chic nightlife, or pick from Edinburgh’s more cultural or lower-key entertainment options.

Edinburgh city breaks – the history

If you crave a city break with a true sense of history, there are few places in Edinburgh where you won’t feel the presence of the city fortress looming over the medieval streets. Edinburgh Castle was built on the site of an extinct volcano, and attracts around 2 million tourists every year, many of them visiting especially to see August’s spectacular annual Edinburgh Tattoo.

The magnificent castle isn’t the only landmark that an Edinburgh city break has to offer. The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the perfectly-preserved Georgian House are bliss for admirers of architectural beauty; animal lovers can find good luck by rubbing the nose of the Greyfriars Bobby Statue, shaped like the 19th century Edinburgh dog famous for guarding his owner’s grave for 14 years; and artists and art fans can find inspiration on Arthur’s Seat, an iconic 350 million-year-old hill formed by a volcano system meeting a glacier.

At Co-operative Travel, we can arrange cheap last-minute Edinburgh city breaks at any time through the year. Whether it’s a short stay over Christmas, or one of our special Edinburgh Festival breaks, we’ll do everything we can to find you the cheapest city break available.

Booking ahead - Edinburgh City Breaks 2019 / 2020

If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Edinburgh city breaks in 2019 / 2020.

Booking ahead for your 2019 / 2020 city break to Edinburgh has many advantages, especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half terms and summer holidays.

Book a city break to Edinburgh for next year and save money now.

 

Edinburgh - Holiday Destination Information

  • Key Information: Edinburgh has been a firm favourite amongst holidaymakers as it attracts over 4 million visitors per year. Being the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan city which offers a wonderful blend of ancient heritage and modern entertainment. Whether you’re planning a family holiday or a group holiday, city breaks to Edinburgh have something to offer every type of traveller.

Ideal Time to Go: The best time to book a city break to Edinburgh is around July to August, as these are the warmest months. Although there may be more visitors at this time of the year, there will also be more festivals and events on.

For those who are looking to book cheaper city breaks to Edinburgh, we recommend visiting between March and May as these months are just outside of the high season. This also means that you can find cheaper hotel rates, less tourists and still holiday in generally warm weather.

Weather: Edinburgh is known to have a temperate climate which means you can expect mild summers and cool winters. The hottest months are July to August with average temperatures reaching 15°C, whereas the coldest months are January and February with average temperatures dropping to 3°C.

Flight Time: Direct flights to Edinburgh from the UK can take around 1.5 hours, whereas connecting flights take longer.

Time Difference: Same time as the UK.

Currency: GBP (£)

Fun Fact: Edinburgh was the very first city in the entire world to have its own fire service.

Top Tip: The weather in Edinburgh can be quite unpredictable, so it’s best to bring the appropriate clothing and an umbrella if the weather is looking poor.

How to Get There

Direct holiday flights to Edinburgh are available at airports all over the UK. As it is a part of Europe, the flights tend to be quite cheap and affordable all year round. You should find it easy to book a flight to Edinburgh at any time of year, so timing should never be an issue with this holiday destination.

Places to Visit on Your Edinburgh City Break

Edinburgh is a very cultural city and provides endless opportunities to experience the fun festivals, museums and attractions. Here are a few of the recommended places to visit during your Edinburgh city break:

  • New Town – New Town is a central part of Edinburgh and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings in New Town feature a neo-classical and Georgian architecture which gives spectacular views and scenery. New Town has a lot to offer for those who love culture and history.
  • Calton Hill – take a trip to Calton’s Hill and experience the beautiful views that this location has to offer. At the top of this hill, you’ll be able to find spectacular monuments, such as the Nelson Monument and the National Monument.
  • Edinburgh Castle – the Edinburgh castle is a very iconic attraction which has won the UK Heritage Attraction Award. Sitting on the skyline of Edinburgh, this attraction boasts some of the best views and scenery. Book a tour and experience the famous castle yourself.

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