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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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The Balmoral Hotel
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020
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The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Liked old style 1st class service. Only stayed 2 nights. Would have liked longer.

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre
    Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020
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    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Good location, great breakfast, room was nice and from the 6th floor the view was great.

      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square
      Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020
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      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

      ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

      6 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great location Comfy bed No drawers in room - which wasn’t a major problem Breakfast reasonably priced and lots of choice Did however double charge me when I check it. It was rectified relatively easy

        Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club €95
        Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020
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        Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

        Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          I enjoyed the pond on the golf course. Took a stroll and the swan and ducks came by to investigate me, although I assumed they’ve had people feed them.

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
          Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020
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          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

          Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            4.4 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This hotel is perfectly situated in Edinburgh's New Town. There are restaurants and a supermarket nearby and is about 15 minutes walk from Waverley Station. The hotel is beautifully decorated and furnihsed, as are the rooms. A great place to stay.

            The Scotsman Hotel €230
            Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020
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            The Scotsman Hotel

            The Scotsman Hotel

            20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Friendly staff and hotel rooms are as beautiful as they are in the pictures.

              Princes Street Suites €105
              Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020
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              Princes Street Suites

              Princes Street Suites

              16 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The room was clean and comfortable. The location is close to Waverly station. The room has a full kitchen and a machine for laundry. I wish the room had an in room safe. One minor annoyance is that the bathroom exhaust fan stays turned on long after the lights have been turned off.

                Mode Edinburgh €75
                Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
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                Mode Edinburgh

                Mode Edinburgh

                74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nice location but close enough to city attractions. Very clean hotel and facilities. Excellent room. Great staff too!!

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