When’s the best time to visit Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is always open for business, with every month and season offering something different to the discerning visitor. July and August bring the warmest weather, but the dry and wet days are finely balanced: Scotland’s ‘summer’ is simply a bridge between spring and autumn. However, the high season is the perfect time to wander at leisure through the streets and parks, and to witness the spectacle of the summertime festivals.

May to June and September to October are invariably dry, if a little on the cool side, but the streets and parks are less thronged with visitors, giving you a chance to enjoy the city at a more leisurely pace.
Winter in Scotland is typically a slow affair, with chilly temperatures and short daylight hours. However, this is no obstacle to enjoying a city break in Edinburgh and you’ll benefit from cheaper accommodation and transport options, while the world’s biggest New Year party is unmissable at Hogmanay as drama, music and spectacle explode onto the city’s streets.

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Sandwiched between Leith Docks and Granton Harbour, Newhaven (meaning “New Harbour”) is a charming neighbourhood which was once a thriving, tight-knit fishing village and, despite its close distance to Edinburgh, was known for its distinctive dress and traditions.

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Dunbar’s Close

As you walk down the Royal Mile, from Edinburgh Castle, you’ll find Dunbar’s Close on the left-hand side once you enter the Canongate.

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The Meadows

The Meadows is one of the city’s most popular open areas, featuring a café, children’s play area, tennis courts and a croquet club

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