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Owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo is one of the city’s biggest attractions. ≥Home to many different species, Edinburgh Zoo is a great day out for all of the family with over 600,000 visitors entering each year. The Zoo is the only one in Britain to house Giant Pandas and Koalas, and they were the first to breed penguins in captivity. Edinburgh Zoo’s gardens also boast one of the most diverse tree collections in the Lothian area.
Set in 82 Acres of parkland, the Zoo holds many fascinating talks and presentations about the residents who include Leopards, Jaguars, Lions, Tigers and Sun Bears. As well as providing an enjoyable experience for tourists, the Zoo is also involved in many scientific pursuits including captive breeding of endangered animals, research into animal behaviours and participation in various conservation programmes that take place throughout the world.
Arthurs Seat and the group of hills that surrounds it forms most of Holyrood Park and is located in the centre of Edinburgh, a mile east from Edinburgh Castle. Standing at a height of 822ft (250.5 metres), it provides hill walkers with panoramic views of the City of Edinburgh, and it is relatively easy for visitors to climb with a number of routes available depending on difficulty. It is the largest of the three parts that make up Arthur’s Seat Volcano and it is a site of special scientific interest, designed to protect important geology, grassland and uncommon plant and animal species.
Whilst visiting Arthur’s seat, visitors are advised to look out for the remains of St Anthony’s chapel, which is the only building remaining in Holyrood Park. Although little is known about the chapel, it is thought to have been built in the 1300’s as an outlaying chapel for Holyrood Abbey.
What’s to say? The Edinburgh festival is the largest arts festival in the world. It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of it. For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital is host to all manner of entertainment, and us lovely folk at Dreamhouse Apartments thought we’d shortlist a few for you…
The Fringe Festival is probably best known for its vast offering of comedy, it’s the Glastonbury of Giggles. There are free shows, paid shows and impromptu shows. We’re especially fond of Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter, Mark Thomas and The Notorious Mary Bourke. Obviously, this is just a drop in the ocean of laughs available.
Music-wise we’d suggest wandering around and stumbling upon acts. Many will be playing for free, others will command a minor entrance fee. Click for the list.
You can’t shake a stick without hitting a cabaret or burlesque act these days, and the Edinburgh Fringe is no exception. Click here to see the full list of performers and buy tickets.
But the real star, of course, is our apartments! Book now to avoid disappointment.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s beautiful capital, known throughout the world as the Festival City since the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. There is much more than just one ‘Edinburgh Festival’ making up the Festival City, instead visitors come to Edinburgh every year to experience the many different festivals which all present a diverse variety of artists and events throughout the year. In August alone there are six different festivals running at the same time, including the International Festival.
The umbrella website for all of the city’s official festivals. Find competitions, news, video and sign up for emails to keep your finger on the Festival City’s pulse.
Edinburgh International Festival
7-31 August 2015
+44 (0)131 473 2000
Edinburgh International Film Festival
17-28 June 2015
+44 (0)131 228 4051
Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival
17-26 July 2015
+44 (0)131 467 5200
Edinburgh Art Festival
30 July – 30 August 2015
+44 (0)131 226 6558
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
7-29 August 2015
+44 (0)131 225 1188
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
7-31 August 2015
Admin: +44 (0)131 226 0026
Box office: +44 (0)131 226 0000 (from June)
Edinburgh International Book Festival
15-31 August 2015
+44 (0)131 718 5666