Scotland is a place that has an intriguing past — and it starts within the capital city of Edinburgh – where historical and contemporary pieces of lore reside within its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Looming above it all, overlooking this popular destination for tourists and visitors, is Edinburgh Castle, which happens to be home to Scotland’s crown jewels and site of many important cultural events.
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“You’ll have had your tea?” is a phrase that goes back to 18th century Edinburgh and remains a common Edinburgh greeting as a way to do what?
What place did Edinburgh replace as the capital of Scotland in 1437?
The famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh. What is he famous for inventing?
What is the name of the largest arts and culture festival in the world that is held annually in Edinburgh?
Listed buildings are those with special architectural or historic interest designations. How many listed buildings can be found in Edinburgh?
The world’s one and only knighted animal of this species lives at the Edinburgh Zoo.
Edinburgh’s Old Town is based around the Royal Mile, which stretches one mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Its name comes from its tradition as what for the last 500 years?
What are people from Edinburgh known as?
Edinburgh is comprised of an Old Town and New Town. Old Town is the ancient part of the city, dating back to Medieval times and contrary to what the name suggests, over how many years old is New Town?
Edinburgh’s New and Old Towns together make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in what year?
The city of Edinburgh has strong ties to which famous book series that was later turned into movies? (Not only were some of the scenes filmed there, but the author garnered inspiration and wrote quite a bit of the first book whilst sitting in a local coffee shop.)
Inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle is a small Chapel (for 20 people only!) that was completed by King David in honor of his mother. What is it called?
What type of organized municipal service in the world was first established in Edinburgh in 1824?
Between the 15th and 18th centuries, Nor’ Loch unfortunately was also the location where some of the Edinburgh witch trials took place. For a time, suspected witches were bound hands to feet, and they were deemed innocent if they did which of following options? (Later on, hangings became the norm instead.)
Now a beautiful and lush park, Princes Street Gardens used to be a marsh called Nor’ Loch that aided in the defensibility of the Northern boundary of Edinburgh. However, due to its downhill proximity from Old Town, what did Princes Street Gardens used to be?
The robust history in Edinburgh also goes below the roads, where a system of underground tunnels and chambers has been nicknamed which of the following?
Edinburgh has more of this (per head of population) than any other city in the UK.
True or False? In the 19th century, the iconic Edinburgh Castle was home to an elephant that would drink beer and lead parades throughout the city.
True or False? Edinburgh has the biggest electric blanket in the world buried under the surface of the road on The Mound.
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