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Edinburgh

Steeped in culture and history, Edinburgh is one of the worlds most haunted and beautiful cities.

Located just 30 minutes from Dublin on a plane, Edinburgh is well worth a visit for students and everyone else.

There is so much to do. The first people of Edinburgh settled around Edinburgh castle, which is built in the side of a large hill in the centre of the city. The views are not to be missed. Tickets range from £14 for an adult and £8.20 for a child.

View of the Castle

If you fancy being terrified, the Dungeons of Edinburgh are for you. Filled with over 500 years of gory history, tours run several times daily. You will trawl through the dungeons led by a tour guide. Standard adult tickets are £16.20 and children go at £12.00.

The nightlife in Edinburgh can’t be knocked. There are many bars and clubs to visit on both sides of the river. There are two totally different vibes, depending on what side of the river you go. The New Town, located to the North of Princes St is known for is swanky bars and clubs and is notoriously expensive. It takes longer to get to from the city centre. But there are fun places to visit. The Jeckyll and Hyde pub is in-keeping with the gothic feel of the whole city. There are cheap drinks, and a good atmosphere and some very interesting cocktails. This is located on 112 Hanover St.

The Old Town is literally steeped with amazing architecture and winding streets that spiral up and down steep hills. This area includes the Grassmarket, which is popular with students because of it’s busy and cheaper nightlife. Opium is one of the most popular alternative clubs, offering cheap drinks and a mixture of rock and interesting characters (not to mention some very appealing drinks promos).

Because Edinburgh is built on a lot of hills, walking around can be quite a struggle. And unless you visit in the middle of summer, chances are it’s going to be raining or cold because of it’s northerly position.  So what better way to see all the beautiful sites than by getting a bus. There are several operators of  open top bus tours in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Tour runs tours all over the city and stops at all the main attractions Tickets are £12 for adults and £11 for students. They run every half an hour and the final tour is at 4pm each day.

It has to be said that it can be a bit expensive to stay and eat in Edinburgh. There are however, many good hostels to choose from. For 2 people sharing their own room in The High Street Hostel it costs about €27/pp per night. The cost goes up and down according to how many people you are willing to share a room with, and what time of year it is.

Edinburgh is a city with a lot to offer. If its food, history or culture you’re after, it’s got it all. And if you’re staying a while, Glasgow, Scotlands largest city is just an hour away.

City at night

Written by: Katie Kelly

Proofed by: Dara O’Conor

Uploaded by: Emma Duggan

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