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An article detailing the sights and attractions Edinburgh has to offer, from the famous festivals to the museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants and other experiences.

The city of Edinburgh is well known for the annual Fringe Festival which celebrates and showcases talent within the arts, but there’s a lot more on offer in this busy Scottish city than the summer festival of fun. For a start, there are other festivals held here, the most famous one being the annual military tattoo which takes place outside the castle. There’s also the Royal Highland Show in June and an international science festival in April.

Festivals aside, Edinburgh is a diverse, exciting place to visit. The museums and art galleries here can take up a day’s visiting alone. The national gallery of Scotland Complex is free to enter and shows works by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and many others. The Queens’ Gallery on the Royal Mile has changing exhibitions, including a wide range of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen. Then there’s the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This is also free to enter and includes works by Dali, Warhol and Hirst.

If you’re looking for more of an experience The Real Mary King’s Close is a guided tour of Edinburgh’s famous underground streets, showing what life was like in the city in the 17th century. Later in the evening the Edinburgh literary pub tour begins at the Beehive Inn.

Shopping can also be a bit of an experience in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Old Town Weaving company shows tartan being woven on the premises. Upstairs there’s an information point where you can find the tartan for any clan, as well as other information on Scottish names and history. In the Scotch Whisky Experience by the castle not only can you buy your favourite single malt, but there’s a tour which lasts about an hour revealing the mysteries of whisky and offering free tastings.

When it comes to eating out in Edinburgh there’s a wide choice, ranging from lunch time cafes, Indian restaurants, Thai, Italian and many bistros. The Rhubarb restaurant on Prestonfield Road recently won Best Hotel Restaurant 2007 and is the latest restaurant from James Thomson whose other Restaurant, The Witchery By The Castle is already Scotland’s most famous place to dine out.

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