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Some interesting facts about Edinburgh

  • A number of cities are twinned with Edinburgh including Nice, Munich, Florence, San Diego and Kiev.
  • Some of Edinburgh's famous sons include Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and more recently, Sir Sean Connery.
  • The first Edinburgh Military Tattoo took place in 1950 and not one single performance has been cancelled in all this time!
  • Edinburgh became a town and Royal Burgh in the 12th century.
  • Edinburgh Castle has stood guard high over the city since 1085. It has a chilling past as it was once home to a prison and was the scene of torture for many centuries.
  • Founded in 626 by Edwin of Northumbria, Edinburgh's name means 'fortress of the hill slope'.
  • The population of Edinburgh is around 450,000 and it covers an area of around 100 sq miles.
  • In 1846 Edinburgh was joined by rail to London.