Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm

7-9 October 2015, EICC Edinburgh

General Information

Edinburgh, Scotland

-The Capital City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the City of Literature.

Edinburgh is a real Jekyll and Hyde city; this is due to the contrast of the two towns. The Historic City is split into the Georgian New Town, and the Medieval Old Town. Separated by the then Nor Loch (North Lake), which is now Princes Street Gardens. This is where the largest monument ever constructed to commemorate a writer, the Scott Monument, stands 200ft tall and is nicknamed by Bill Bryson as a Gothic Rocket. South of the gardens is the impenetrable Edinburgh Castle , perched on top of the extinct volcanic crag. The Royal Mile spans the ridge between the Castle and The Palace of Holyrood, flanked by the medieval cobbled streets of the Old Town. To the North is Princes Street- the main shopping area- and the Georgian period New Town, built after 1766 on a rectangular grid pattern.

Both these towns are no further than a 15 minute walk apart, and all the major tourist attractions are within these two towns. Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on 7 hills.  Arthur’s Seat, Castle Hill and Calton Hill can be climbed within Edinburgh’s city centre. Once you have reached the top you can see breathtaking views and the skyline of the entire city, they really are worth the extra leg work.

There are lots of tourist attractions set in the heart of our bustling city;

  1. Travel down the wynds and closes off the Royal Mile and discover Edinburgh’s history with a History Tour. Or venture into the famously haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults, where the poor souls of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present.

  2. Take a walk down to Holyrood to see Arthur’s Seat and visit Our Dynamic Earth which invites you to take a journey though time to witness the story of earth, this is both entertaining and educational.

  3. Or after visiting the Castle just at the bottom of the esplanade is Camera Obscura, a fascinating Show, fantastic views of Edinburgh, and five floors packed full of an amazing range of optical experiences which have been amusing visitors of all ages and nationalities since 1853!

  4. You could also venture down on the Majestic Bus Tour to our biggest shopping mall Ocean Terminal and visit the UK’s number 1 attraction on Trip Advisor; The Royal Yacht Britannia. Home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, it in now berthed in Edinburgh, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of Royalty.

  5. It is hard to imagine that one mile from the city centre there is over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that provide a tranquil haven at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

  6. of course you can visit Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the only two giant panda’s in the United Kingdom. Come and discover what makes these incredible animals so special at Edinburgh Zoo.

  7. And last but not least, we have a wide selection of free museums and art galleries dotted about the city: National Museum of Scotland, Modern Art Galleries and National Portrait Gallery to name just a few.


Tourist Information

Visit Scotland

Historic Scotland



Lothian Buses

Edinburgh Private Hire:                    0131 555 5555

Central Taxis (Black Cab):               0131 229 2468


Police and Emergency Services

In an emergency call 999.  For a non-emergency you can contact the Police on 101



Edinburgh International Conference Centre: 0131 300 3000


Supporting Organisations

Co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation

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Massey University
Alcohol Research UK