Edinburgh, is the inspiring capital of Scotland. It is the home to the largest arts festival in the world, and with breath taking beauty, fascinating history, and world-class attractions it has a friendliness, vibe and atmosphere that is hard to beat.

Discover the fascinating history including sites in the Edinburgh’s Old and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by visiting some of the attractions listed below:

The Edinburgh International Festival

For three weeks in August, Scotland's capital becomes and unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and annual meeting point for people of all nations. The International Festival present a programme featuring finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, theatre and music. You may wish to arrive in Edinburgh early to enjoy the festival prior to attending the conference.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its history has helped shape the nation’s story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty live and died within its walls and countless generations have been inspired by it.

National Museum of Scotland

The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature and world cultures – all under one roof.

Old College Quad

Take in the exciting history of the University of Edinburgh and enjoy the stunning architecture of the Old College Quad.

Saint Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Dynamic Earth 

Dynamic Earth invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's spectacular Salisbury Crags.

A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DVENTURE around the world. You'll be embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime - the lifetime of our planet.

Scotch Whisky Experience 

Take a journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you'll choose your perfect 'dram', and taste it in The World's Largest Whisky Collection. An experience for everyone. 20 Languages, Child-friendly exhibits and tailored tours, fully wheelchair accessible, Expert tour guides and whisky advisors are on hand throughout the experience to tailor make your visit and ensure the enjoyment of every member of your party.

Surgeons' Hall Museums

Surgeons Hall is an award winning Museum that is home to one of the largest and most historic pathology collections in the United Kingdom.

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. It houses Scotland’s national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century.

The Real Mary Kings Close

Explore uniquely preserved streets,Journey back in time and follow in the footsteps of former residents. Step down and explore the rooms, streets and spaces underneath the famous Royal Mile - a unique glimpse into the city's past, and Edinburgh's only preserved 17th century street. Experience over 400 years of history, and discover the stories of your character guide.


City Information

UK International Telephone: +44

Language: English

Currency: Sterling

Useful websites

Travel for Edinburgh: edinburgh.org/travel

This is Edinburgh: http://edinburgh.org

Time Out Edinburgh: https://www.timeout.com/edinburgh

Edinburgh Restaurants: http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/food-and-drink/


The weather in Edinburgh is pleasant in August/September, however, as you will know, the UK is subject to changeable weather so you are advised to bring some warm and waterproof clothing.


Luxury brands, high street stores and beautiful boutiques, Edinburgh has it covered. Shopping in Edinburgh is a fantastic experience catering to all tastes, styles and budgets. - See more at: http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/activities/shopping/#sthash.tfZNdUWL.dpuf.

Eating Out

Boasting an array of outstanding and award winning restaurants, cafes and bars, eating out in Edinburgh is a culinary delight offering a wide and diverse mix of places to eat and drink which will appeal to all tastes and budgets. See more at: http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/food-and-drink/ or alternatively speak to one of the team at the general information desk who will be happy to recommend some great options.


Black cabs are readily available throughout the city centre 24/7, as well as private hire cabs which must be booked in advance. Licensed taxis will have a Licence Plate Number and Registration Number displayed in the window of the passenger door. Most black cabs can be hailed in the street; others can be booked via taxi call centres:

City Cabs – 0131 228 1211

Capital Cars – 0131 777 7777

Central Taxis – 0131 229 2468

The Edinburgh Rewards Passport

The Edinburgh Rewards Passport gives access to over 100 discounts exclusive offers at a selection of the city’s restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and pre booked taxis for delegates. The passports will be available at the Registration desk to all delegates. Details of the exclusive discounts and city map to show their locations are featured on the website here https://www.conventionedinburgh.com/organising-a-conference/edinburgh-rewards-passport/