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Guests in this area of Edinburgh and Lothian rub shoulders with about 440,000 residents.
Known throughout the world, Edinburgh is famous for Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia. It is also famous for Arthur's Seat and St. Giles' Cathedral.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho are excellent places to enjoy some quality time with the children. Want more? Butterfly and Insect World and East Links Family Park will ensure that the good times keep rolling.
You'll be able to take heaps of photos of the exotic creatures at the Edinburgh Zoo and the Five Sisters Zoo. Check out the interactive activities at Scottish Owl Centre to finish off your zoological trifecta.
Botanical displays remarkable trees and meandering garden paths await green thumbs at the Royal Botanic Garden and the Dunbar’s Close Garden.
Pack a picnic hamper and take five in the leafy, green surroundings of Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill. You'll also find plenty of room to lay about on the grass at Holyrood Park and The Meadows.
Once you arrive, learn about what's going on at Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill and Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Centre.
Are you yearning for some salty ocean air? There's enough coast here to keep you satisfied for a day or two. Pack some delicious snacks and head on over to Portobello Beach or Longniddry Bents. Yellowcraigs and Tyninghame Beach are also good options.
Turn off your phone and give yourself a break from the noises of the modern world at North Berwick Harbour and Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve. North Berwick Law and Morrisons Haven are also popular among nature enthusiasts.
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with intriguing facts and stories. The National Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. Also worth considering are the Our Dynamic Earth and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Tales of this region's nautical traditions are imprinted on the pieces of remnant vessels on display at the Trinity House.
Browse the different specimens that are on show as you walk around the overflowing exhibits of the Surgeon's Hall.
Love art? There are galleries of all sorts here. Start your explorations of this creative enclave by stopping in at the Fruitmarket Gallery and the Talbot Rice Gallery. The City Art Centre and the Hanover Fine Arts Gallery are also worth a browse if you can fit them in before dinner.
History comes alive at the Newhaven Heritage Museum and the People's Story Museum thanks to their wide range of illuminating exhibits. The Annet House Museum and the Prestongrange Museum are also respected choices.
Step back through the ages with a visit to Greyfriars Kirk or the University of Edinburgh, just two of the historic buildings and sites here. More tales from the days of yore are waiting for you at the Heriot Watt University and Real Mary King's Close.
Observe the waters flowing under Nungate Bridge, a captivating feat of civil engineering.
Featuring striking architecture and leafy gardens, the palatial abodes here are an impressive sight. If you can catch one, a guided tour will allow you to get more out of your excursion to Palace of Holyroodhouse and Linlithgow Palace.
Old-world castles that look as though they were plucked from a fantasy novel, Craigmillar Castle and Blackness Castle are a must-see for travelers of all ages. For even more intersting views and historical stories, go forth and explore Dirleton Castle and Hawthornden Castle.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and enjoy the serene atmosphere at Rosslyn Chapel and St Mary's Church. You might also like to check for tours at St. Michael's Parish Church or St. Mary's Episcopal Cathederal.
Edinburgh's most prominent tourist sights can overshadow its less known, but equally fascinating attractions. Greyfriar's Bobby and the National Library of Scotland might catch your eye. Also, think about seeing the Glenkinchie Distillery and Omni Centre Edinburgh if you can squeeze it in.
Scotland's capital is an exciting and bustling city that is much-loved by travelers from across the globe. Finding an excellent place to stay here will be no problem, with 409 Edinburgh hotels listed on Expedia's database.
Upscale options such as The Balmoral Hotel, at 1 Princes Street, and the Old Town Chambers, at Roxburgh's Court are sure to charm the most discerning visitor. Alternatively, The Lyncliff Hotel, at 4 Windsor Street, and the Halcyon Hotel, at 8 Royal Terrace, are some properties worth checking out if you're traveling on the cheap.
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This family-friendly Kirknewton hotel is located near the airport, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Heriot Watt University, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gyle Shopping Centre and Royal Highland Centre. Edinburgh Zoo and Our Dynamic Earth are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in West End, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Royal Lyceum Theatre and Usher Hall. Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). Edinburgh Haymarket Station is only a 4-minute walk and Edinburgh Waverley Station is 27 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Princes Street, St. Giles' Cathedral, and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Real Mary King's Close and Our Dynamic Earth are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is only a 2-minute walk and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 29 minutes.
Located in New Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Princes Street, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, and Princes Street Gardens. Calton Hill and Scott Monument are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is 6 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 27 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is steps away from Royal Mile and Our Dynamic Earth. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Arthur's Seat are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is 12 minutes by foot.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Grassmarket and Scotch Whisky Experience. Greyfriars Kirk and Edinburgh Castle are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh Waverley Station is 13 minutes by foot and Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Newhaven, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edinburgh Port and Royal Yacht Britannia. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Princes Street Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Gyle Shopping Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Highland Centre. Edinburgh Park is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Edinburgh Gateway Station is 15 minutes by foot and South Gyle Station is 16 minutes.