We love Edinburgh all year round but spring can be a fantastic time to see the city at its best. Here are some reasons why we think spring is the perfect time to visit Edinburgh…
It’s actually quite sunny
March, April and May are some of the sunniest months in Edinburgh with the least rainfall. There may be a winter chill in the air but spring is definitely one of the best seasons to get out and explore the cities streets and parks.
The city is in full bloom
Spring is one of the rare occasions to see Edinburgh’s beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Take a walk through the Meadows and enjoy a flurry of pink petals in the sunshine.
It’s not too busy
Spring is still well before the mega tourist influx August so you can enjoy the city’s best attractions without having to queue (as much).
There is plenty to do
The International Science Festival, the Hidden Door Festival and World Whisky Day all take place before the summer months arrive.
And lastly… you can see the spectacular Beltane Fire Festival
The Beltane Fire Festival event takes place every year on the 30th April and celebrates the beginning of the summer season. This ancient Gaelic pagan tradition involves dazzling fire displays and (probably quite cold) painted performers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle!
Two of our favourite Scottish vloggersMoscoMoonand Shaun went to experience the Edinburgh Ghost Tour! They took a little trip down into the haunted vaults of Edinburg and guess who their scary guide was?! Our lovely teacher – Stefanie!!
When choosing a place to study English, the cost of the course isn’t the only thing to consider. Finding out about the cost of living in a certain city can help you to figure out your budget and pick the best place to suit your needs.
Edinburgh is one of the most affluent cities in the UK, meaning that some things may cost a little more than other destinations (although the cost of living here is still around 25% cheaper than in London!).
Of course, a lot of your costs will depend on your own preferences: if you have a higher budget, there are plenty of luxurious options to cater to your tastes and, thanks to Edinburgh’s vibrant student population, there are lots of budget-friendly options if you prefer to save money.
Whichever end of the scale you are, here’s a rough guide of how much things cost in Edinburgh:
Glass of beer (pint)
Glass of wine (175ml)
Sprit (25ml) + mixer
Soft drink (e.g. cola, lemonade, orange juice)
Coffee in a café
Two-course evening meal at a restaurant
Lunch at a restaurant
Entrance to nightclub
£10-50 (depending on seats)
Food & drink
Meal in fast food restaurant
Domestic beer (from supermarket)
Bottle of wine (from supermarket)
Weekly food shop (from supermarket)
Single bus/tram journey in Edinburgh
Weekly bus pass
Taxi in Edinburgh
Around £10/ 15 minute journey
Cold medicine for 1 week
Box of Paracetamol/Ibruprofen
£10-15 (men) £20-35 (women)
Sim card with 100MB data, 125 UK minutes and 500 UK texts
*You will receive a free giffgaff sim card with £5 pre-loaded credit when you arrive at inlingua!
The Anatomical Museum of Edinburgh was founded and developed by the Monro dynasty, the museum flourished under Sir William Turner who was both Professor of Anatomy from 1867 to 1903 and Principal of the University from 1903 to 1917. Today, the museum houses new items and old exhibits from the original museum including life and death masks, anatomy teaching models and the skeleton of notorious murderer William Burke.
Opening timesThe museum is open to the public on the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). The Anatomical Museum can be subject to closure at short notice, please check the Anatomy website for details of the next day the museum is open.Please note that the museum is closed throughout June, July and December.
At other times the museum is a study space for medical students and there is no visitor access.
Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) are the most popular festivals taking place at the end of each year. If you’re in Edinburgh in December or early January, there are many events that you can take advantage of while you’re here!
Edinburgh’s Christmas starts on 18th November 2016 and ends on 7th January 2017. During this time, shows, free events and attractions are organised and the entire city is decorated to celebrate Christmas. When the sun goes down, you will see splendid and sumptuous lights and decorations on trees, buildings and restaurants. Here are some events, attractions, shows or markets that you will be able to see:
Christmas Tree Maze:
As the title tells you, it’s a maze across Christmas trees. You will have fun doing this. And inside the maze, you will see the Elves workshops.
Ice Skating takes place on St Andrew Square. It’s a funny activity that all the family can share at the same time ! You can hire a pair of skates directly on place. People on wheelchairs are also welcome on the rink.
Every child would probably wish to sit on Santa’s knees and tell him their wishes. But actually this is possible. From 19th November until 24th December 2016, young children can visit Santa in his Grotto and receives a wee gift.
It is a family event which will be held on 20th November. Shows and choirs will perform on George Street in front of 20,000 spectators.
It is a run that is 2.5 km long. This run is for everybody, competitive or casual athletes. The organization of this run is making a fund-raising for children who have a life threatening illness in Scotland. Usually, you will see people running with a costume of Santa Claus.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the Feast between the 30th December and the 1st January 2017. During those 3 days, incredible bands, chorales or fireworks will take place, as well as Scottish traditional music and street parties. Hogmanay is in a certain way the Scottish Feast to celebrate New Year. Here are some activities for this year:
This party is taking place on 31st December, from 7pm until 1am. DJs and live bands will fill the streets with live music in order to welcome the New Year 2017.
Old Town Ceilidh:
This event takes place at the same time as the Street Party but in the Old Town of Edinburgh. If you want to experience the Scottish culture, go for it! As there will be traditional music, Ceilidh, food & drink from Scotland.
Taking place on 31st December, Candlelit Concert is a celebration of baroque music. It’s at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Happy New Year ! All is said, or nearly: Midnight Moment is the passage to the new year 2017. At midnight, you will see fabulous fireworks from the Castle of Edinburgh but also from Calton Hill. And icing on the cake, You will have the chance to admire four fireworks ! Yes, in Edinburgh you have four fireworks which take place at 9, 10, 11 and 12pm during this night. So, if you miss one, no worries !
On the first January, between 1pm and 5pm, several artists will showcase in the streets of Edinburgh. You will discover Scottish innovative artists in music, art and theater. Don’t miss this!
And here, two videos from the celebration of Hogmanay in Edinburgh and in Scotland:
For more information, have a look at those websites:
Taking place from Friday 18th until Sunday 20th November, Edinburgh Art Fair is an art exhibition that shows paintings, sculptures and much more from more than 60 different galleries in the UK and abroad. The Art Fair will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
Over the weekend, artists will either demonstrate their skills to the public or run interactive painting classes through workshops. Here are some of the scheduled classes:
Leo’s Art Lab is a art class lead by the incredibly talented Scottish artist, Leo du Feu. The Lab will take place on Saturday and Sunday and is a drop-in class.
Open Easel Sessions gives you the opportunity to paint your own masterpiece. The easels are available from Friday morning until Sunday night for everyone (including children) who would like to try their hand at painting with acrylics on canvas.
Printmaking Talks gives you an insight into about various engraving techniques through talks and demonstrations
Damian Callan is a Scottish artist, based in Edinburgh, who usually draws and paints moving figures like his wife or his four children. He also teaches drawing and painting at his studio and in other venues in Edinburgh.
Some of the Exhibitors from 2016
1 of 1 is based in London and is a design company which produces and sells hand-made pieces such as art, jewellery or fashion. 1 of 1 will attend the EAF for the first time this year by showcasing eccentric paintings, photography and mixed-media works.
Image credit: Joe, Flickr
Clifton Fine Art is a modern art gallery based in Bristol. It shows contemporary art from the South West of England. This year, Clifton Fine Art will showcase emerging artists from the region.
Silo Arts, established in the heart of Lowestoft, will show arts from Orson Kartt an Kit Boyd at the EAF.
Urbane Art Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which shows international artworks as well as emerging talents. This art Gallery is located in Edinburgh.
Jamie Frost is a figurative sculptor and draughtsman. He especially likes drawing fine and coloured lines about bodies and portraits.
Gallery Different is based in London and presents contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings from British and international artists. This gallery particularly loves presenting vibrant art of exceptional quality.
Image credit: Charlie Llewellin, Flickr
For further information:
Dates: 18th-20th November 2016 Place: Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, EH14 1RJ Time: Friday, 11.00 – 19.30, Saturday, 11.00 – 18.00 and Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00 Price: £5 and £3 concessions Website: www.artedinburgh.com