Scotland’s inspiring capital city is a fusion of fabled streets and historic buildings, contained within a vibrant modern city. Quite simply, it is a brilliant destination in which to hold an international conference. Voted the best city in the UK by a survey of 10,000 people (2009), it is stunningly beautiful and also compact, with a wonderful atmosphere and friendly people.
It is the perfect fusion of old and new. To enjoy the historic wonders of the Old Town, visitors can trail from the iconic Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile all the way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, and the new Scottish Parliament. Across the green expanse of Princes Street Gardens lies the elegant Georgian New Town, with its stunning architecture, leafy gardens, stylish boutiques and fantastic restaurants.
For centuries it has nurtured some of the greatest minds in philosophy, economics, finance, literature, law, medicine, engineering and architecture. Often referred to as the ‘festival city’, Edinburgh offers a year round programme of arts and cultural events.
Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament, holds the national museums and national collections of art, has four universities, the national headquarters of banks and financial institutions and a thriving new sector in life sciences and biotechnology.