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Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the largest financial centre in the UK after London. The city’s historical and cultural attractions have also made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination after London, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year.

Home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland, Edinburgh has long been a centre of education, particularly in law, the sciences, technology, medicine, literature, and engineering.  Most recently, Edinburgh has been named the most active city for innovation in the UK outside of London.

A visit to Edinburgh is truly an opportunity to discover a city like no other. Steeped in history, Edinburgh seamlessly blends old and new, providing visitors with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city.

We would highly encourage all attendees to spend a view days in Edinburgh and Scotland to experience the country after the event.


More information about Edinburgh can be found here: http://www.edinburgh.org/

More information about Scotland can be found here: https://www.visitscotland.com/


The AACD Conference will be held at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel. Located in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, this contemporary hotel and conference venue is surrounded by culture.

In the heart of the city and with spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, the Apex Grassmarket is just a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland and more – you could even go and sip a coffee at The Elephant House – the café where J K Rowling began writing some of her early Harry Potter work!

Visit the APEX website


We are currently working to reserve a number of rooms at the Apex Hotel in Edinburgh specifically for participants of the workshop. After registration has opened and you have signed up, you will receive an email with a discount code which can be used to book a room. There are also many other hotels available very close by to the conference venue.

We have listed a number of options below:


> Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
> Hub by Premier Inn, Edinburgh Royal Mile
> Hotel Ibis, Edinburgh Royal Mile
> Holiday Inn Express, Edinburgh Royal Mile


> Jury’s Inn, Edinburgh
> Hub by Premier Inn, Edinburgh Royal Mile
> Hotel Ibis, Edinburgh Royal Mile
> Holiday Inn Express, Edinburgh Royal Mile


> Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
> The Witchery by the Castle
> The Scotsman Hotel


Edinburgh is easily reachable by plane from anywhere in Europe. Within the UK, there are plenty of train, car and domestic flight links to Edinburgh.

From Edinburgh Airport

Direct taxis, trams and buses leave regularly and take approximately half an hour. The conference venue is then a 10-15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi from the city centre/Edinburgh Waverley Train

For more information about getting to the venue from Edinburgh Airport, read more here:


If you can’t find direct flights to Edinburgh, you can either change at a major hub (e.g. London or Amsterdam), or can fly directly to Glasgow.

From Glasgow, there are frequent direct trains to Edinburgh Waverley Station that take 45 minutes.

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