International conference – About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the inspiring capital of Scotland, a city where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting. The home of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, we look forward to welcoming all delegates to our international conference.

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John McIntyre Conference Centre

The conference will be held at the John McIntyre Centre, situated within the University campus, and nestled at foot of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks – Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags. Edinburgh is a compact city and easily accessible on foot. It comprises different ‘villages’ each with their own character. The Old Town, close to campus, is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city’s history. At its centre is the Royal Mile, a remarkable street of Reformation-era tenement buildings leading from the seat of Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock down to the grandiose Palace of Holyroodhouse.

On the other side of the main shopping street, Princes Street, and inspired by the lofty ideals of the Scottish Enlightenment, the neat and ordered grid of the New Town provides an elegant contrast to the labyrinthine design of the Old Town. Its broad streets boast spectacular neoclassical and Georgian architecture, with a wealth of beautiful buildings perfectly preserved since their construction in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For more information about the activities, events and attractions of Edinburgh and Scotland, please go to Visit Scotland.

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