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Edinburgh

If you're looking for the perfect place to reconnect with that someone special, plan a vacation in Edinburgh. Here you'll find an excellent range of natural and historical tourist attractions.

Visitors to this part of Edinburgh and Lothian will be sharing space with around 440,000 local residents.

This place is the very definition of world-class! You would be crazy to visit here without visiting Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia. It is also internationally known for Arthur's Seat and St. Giles' Cathedral.

Grab the kids and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho. For even more fun, head on to Butterfly and Insect World and East Links Family Park.

If you want to see some interesting animals, the Edinburgh Zoo and the Five Sisters Zoo are highly recommended. Together with a zookeeper visit at Scottish Owl Centre, you are guaranteed to have a great time.

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous array of local and exotic plants on display at the Royal Botanic Garden and the Dunbar’s Close Garden.

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Princes Street Gardens and The Meadows. There's also plenty of space to lie down in the grass at Dalkeith Country Park and Vogrie Country Park.

Find out what's going on in Edinburgh by picking up some pamphlets and chatting with the staff at Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot Mill and Edinburgh Visit Scotland Information Centre.

Are you after a bit of rest and relaxation? Put aside some time to check out the area's scenic stretches of coastline. Portobello Beach or Longniddry Bents ought to be your first ports of call. Yellowcraigs and Tyninghame Beach are two more good options.

Want to get away from the noise of the city? Head out to Calton Hill and Holyrood Park. Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve and North Berwick Law are also popular with nature-loving visitors.

The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of interesting facts and stories. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you admire the displays at the Our Dynamic Earth and the Scotch Whisky Experience. The Museum of Childhood and the National War Museum are also worth considering.

Accounts of this region's seafaring past are imbedded on the pieces of remnant vessels exhibited at the Trinity House.

Anyone interested in natural science will enjoy spending an afternoon learning about the specimens and objects at the Surgeon's Hall.

Edinburgh is a hub of artistic energy, with galleries all over the place. Immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere at the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. If you want to see more, wrap up your day at the Fruitmarket Gallery and the Talbot Rice Gallery.

Travel back in time and uncover the secrets of the past at the National Museum of Scotland and the Newhaven Heritage Museum. Like the sound of those? There's even more to be seen at the People's Story Museum or the Annet House Museum.

Greyfriars Kirk and the University of Edinburgh are certainly worth taking a look at, even if you're not a passionate history buff. More stories from the days of yore await at the Heriot Watt University and Gladstone's Land.

Nungate Bridge is a striking structure that has been a vital crossing point for residents from both sides of the water.

Once the private domain of the area's elite families, today the doors to these most stately homes are open to all. You'll feel like you've walked into a fairytale upon entering the lavish interior of Palace of Holyroodhouse and Linlithgow Palace.

After spending some time at Craigmillar Castle or Blackness Castle, you may just feel like you've traveled back to the days of jousting and court jesters! For even more intersting views and historical stories, go forth and explore Dirleton Castle and Hawthornden Castle.

The area's spiritual side can be experienced at Rosslyn Chapel and St Mary's Church. St. Michael's Parish Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Cathederal are two more interesting holy sites.

Before you pack your bags and head off home, make sure you see some of Edinburgh's other attractions. Some interesting places to start with are Greyfriar's Bobby and the National Library of Scotland. Also, consider seeing the Glenkinchie Distillery and the Potter Around if you have the time.


Guide to Exploring Edinburgh


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The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh
4.4
of 5, from 1,311 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Childhood, St. Giles' Cathedral, and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Greyfriars Kirk and Real Mary King's Close are also within 10 minutes.

€76
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 2,069 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in New Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterloo Place, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre, and Princes Street Gardens. Calton Hill and Scott Monument are also within 10 minutes.

€37
Haymarket Hub Hotel

Haymarket Hub Hotel

7 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh
3.8
of 5, from 2,375 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Royal Lyceum Theatre and Usher Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€50
Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End

166 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
4.2
of 5, from 34 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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 Greyfriars Kirk are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€111
The Principal Edinburgh George Street

The Principal Edinburgh George Street

19-21 George Street, Edinburgh
4.5
of 5, from 495 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Assembly Rooms and Scott Monument. Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

€33
ibis budget Edinburgh Park

ibis budget Edinburgh Park

Edinburgh Business Park, Edinburgh
3.8
of 5, from 472 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Edinburgh, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Gyle Shopping Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Edinburgh Zoo and Royal Highland Centre. Heriot Watt University is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

€71
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh International Airport, Newbridge
4.0
of 5, from 1,490 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ingliston, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Royal Highland Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo. Gyle Shopping Centre and Heriot Watt University are also within 6 miles (10 km).

€68
Eden Locke

Eden Locke

127 George Street, Edinburgh
4.6
of 5, from 93 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charlotte Square and Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Scott Monument are also within 15 minutes.

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