Trains to Edinburgh from England come up the East Coast mainline. Other services come from Glasgow, or from Inverness and Aberdeen in the north of Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle is a magnificent monument to the past, dominating the city from its volcanic crag and offering stunning views over the metropolis, the surrounding countryside and out over the Firth of Forth. Attracting over one million visitors a year to explore its fascinating history, it's a good starting point for exploring Edinburgh.
A very popular visitor attraction is Edinburgh Zoo, situated to the west of the city not far from the airport. With around 80 acres of parkland to explore, visitors can see about 127 different species of animal and over 1,000 animals in total. The most popular attractions are Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, otherwise known as Sunshine and Sweetie.
The Royal Botanic Garden has an extensive collection of plants from all over the world set in beautiful gardens and is ideal for a peaceful stroll and a picnic whilst enjoying the riot of colours during the season.
Taking a stroll along the Royal Mile reveals a world of quaint shops, atmospheric pubs and restaurants in which to take a well-earned rest.