Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the world, most recently coming in second in the Deutsche Bank 2017 ranking of best Quality of Life. Cobbled lanes, dramatic skylines and striking architecture combine to produce a stimulating setting for the writers, philosophers, political thinkers and inventors whose stories have been woven into the capital's fabric throughout history. The city’s medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, which offer contrasting history and architecture, have been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With an array of museums, galleries, parks, gardens, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities and much more, you’ll find something for every taste in the city. And not forgetting the biggest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which takes place in the city every August.
Well-known for its friendly people, its safe, green environment and its stunning architecture, Edinburgh is a compact city, which makes it easy to get around. Wherever you are in the city, you are seldom far from open countryside and our central location and excellent transport links make it easy to travel to other parts of Scotland.
Edinburgh enjoys a creative and cultural significance that was further confirmed with its appointment as the world's first UNESCO City of Literature – a permanent title reflecting its recognition as a worldwide centre for literary activity. You couldn’t ask for a more inspiring setting in which to further your knowledge and broaden your horizons.
Edinburgh boasts one of Scotland’s finest book stores – Blackwell’s Book Shop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS, just across from the Od College and open till 8pm. You will find many treasures there, including copies of the two books being launched at the conference – Social Work in a Changing Scotland (eds Cree and Smith) and Research and the Social Work Picture (by Shaw).
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This is Edinburgh showcases the best things to do, see and enjoy in the city.