Welcome to your local Mumsnet site for Edinburgh. Steeped in political and cultural history, Edinburgh is one of the most striking capital cities in Europe and is home to the modern Scottish Parliament and many national institutions.
Its medieval Old Town with the Royal Mile, Castle and dramatic topography, and Georgian New Town with its exquisite architecture and town planning, have UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Contrast their special characters and views with the adjoining areas and suburbs, each with very individual vibes, including the West End, Stockbridge and Morningside.
Edinburgh is a wonderful place for children to grow up in or visit, bursting with gorgeous green spaces, like the Royal Botanic Garden, as well as a myriad of sporting, creative and social activities and some seriously good schools. The colleges and universities are pretty brilliant too, and the museums and galleries are stellar.
The annual Edinburgh International Festival is the largest arts festival in the world, encompassing literature, film, theatre and more, with many events especially for children such as the Book Festival's Baillie Gifford Children's Programme.
As a contemporary, vibrant capital, Edinburgh has a thriving economy and financial centre with shopping options ranging from farmers' markets to Harvey Nichols along with many great family-friendly eateries.
We hope you enjoy your city and local site, search the listings and contribute!
Best wishes, Lorna, Editor.