Cheltenham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 28, 2009 -- The climate in Edinburgh is mild at this time of year, only a light sweater is needed, which makes it the perfect time and a perfect place for an extended weekend. Edinburgh blends hundreds of years of history into one area, making it a top destination with history lovers. Edinburgh also plays host to the Beltane Fire Festival around the same time, which is an impressive site to say the least. If you have the extra time to relax, consider going for the Beltane Fire Festival and staying through the bank holiday.
Without a doubt, the highlight of any trip to Edinburgh is a trip to Edinburgh Castle. It is recommended that you arrive early to beat the crowds, but following the tour, you can wander down the paths through the "closes" or you can hop on or off the open air tour busses to learn about all the beauty you are seeing.
If you find visits to castles appealing, you'll be pleased to know that there are a total of 3 castles in the Edinburgh area. Craigmillar Castle is located east of the city center, but is one of the most well preserved castles in Scotland. On the west side of Edinburgh is Lauriston Castle. This castle is not the brick and stone castle of the Renaissance, but is more of a manor house in the Regency style. Although construction started in the late 16th century, it was not completed until the early part of the 19th century, which is reflected in the architecture.
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