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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The building is home to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery which opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery.