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Edinburgh Holiday

What are the best places to visit in Edinburgh?

Almost ready to take off on your Edinburgh holiday? Wondering what sort of things to include in your travel itinerary? Don't fret — we're here to give you a few pointers.

With so many iconic attractions in one place, you'll never have a dull moment in Edinburgh! First things first, make sure to take some selfies out the front of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat. When you've finished with those, you'll still have St. Giles' Cathedral and Palace of Holyroodhouse to visit!

You're going to find yourself surrounded by interesting things to see and do, like the University of Edinburgh and the Heriot Watt University. If you're eager to make the most of your time here, also swing by the Edinburgh Zoo and the National Museum of Scotland.

Want to while away a few hours in a lush, green oasis? Take a trip to Princes Street Gardens. There's a great range of things to keep you busy in this destination. You don't need to be a grave hunter to enjoy a walk around Greyfriars Kirk. Why not check if there's a tour on and listen to some of the tales behind this captivating graveyard? Still got time to spare? The intimacy and artistry of live theatre is difficult to deny. Book your tickets for a show at Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and experience its magic and charm for yourself!

What are the most popular activities for a Edinburgh holiday?

A holiday is a great time to slow down, recharge and unwind. It's also the ideal time to try new things!

Kick-start your trip to Edinburgh by trying some of these activities:

For a comprehensive list of activities, check out the Edinburgh things to do page.

What types of accommodation options are available in Edinburgh?

Secure somewhere to spend your nights before you begin arranging all your awesome experiences in Edinburgh. Pick from the national capital's 406 Expedia accommodation and you'll be a step nearer to your next luxury getaway or cheap holiday.

After a long-haul flight, there's nothing quite like chilling out in a swanky room and ordering some room service. See what delicious treats await you at The Balmoral Hotel (1 Princes Street) or the Destiny Scotland - George IV Apartments (23 George IV Bridge). Alternatively, the Lyncliff Hotel (4 Windsor Street) and the Angel's Share Hotel (7-11 Hope Street) are a couple of properties worth looking into if you're travelling on the cheap.

No trip to Edinburgh would be truly complete without stopping off at Edinburgh Castle. The Old Town Chambers and the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh are both within walking distance.

Is there an airport in Edinburgh?

There's nothing as satisfying as landing at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) after being confined in a cramped cabin for hours. When you've collected your baggage from the carousel and stretched your legs, you'll find yourself around 7 miles from Edinburgh's downtown area.




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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile €66
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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
     
    4.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location - great value - shame about the homeless guys outside the window every night that were up all night keeping us away till 5-6am - which was not the hotels fault

    Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club €96
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    Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

    Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

       
      4.4 of 5
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      Good stay, lovely grounds kept very nicely. Breakfast was a bit of a nightmare no cutlery was given till our breakfast was cold both days and one of the beds in our room seemed to dip. Apart from that nice place, nice staff

      YOTEL Edinburgh €57
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      YOTEL Edinburgh

      Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Our 1st hotel stay since covid & was not dissapointed, hand sanatizer station as u walk in, reception area was clean, receptionist friendly & helpful, We had a queen room booked, again super clean really could not find a fault. Bed was super comfortable loved the sit up function. if anything the ...

        Eden Locke €76
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        Eden Locke

        Eden Locke

        127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
           
          4.7 of 5
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          Beautiful apartment, we had a view of George Street which was lovely! The apartment was spotless, very reassuring especially during these uncertain times. Staff were so friendly. Would definitely stay here again.

          The Balmoral Hotel €222
          Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020
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          The Balmoral Hotel

          The Balmoral Hotel

          1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            4.7 of 5
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            Liked old style 1st class service. Only stayed 2 nights. Would have liked longer.

            Mode Edinburgh €97
            Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020
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            Mode Edinburgh

            Mode Edinburgh

            74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              4.8 of 5
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              From walking in to leaving this an excellent hotel, the staff friendly and helpful, the room was spotless, definitely stay here again.

              The Scotsman Hotel €147
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              The Scotsman Hotel

              The Scotsman Hotel

              20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Just totally enjoyed the stay hotel was perfect I will be back

                Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith Waterfront €53
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                Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith Waterfront

                Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Leith Waterfront

                Britannia Way, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  4.3 of 5
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                  Cleanliness is superb, Staff are very polite and professionals , in customer service. Highly recommended.

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