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Edinburgh
Travel Guide

Arthur\'s Seat showing a city, heritage architecture and a sunset

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh,nestled between extinct volcanoes and hills, is almost fairytale in appearance,with its medieval buildings in the Old Town and the wide streets and spacioushomes Georgian New Town, and the spectacular castle looking down from itscliff. Edinburgh was declared a World HeritageSite in 1995, which only begs the question: why did it take so long?

EdinburghCastle has to be the most beautiful building in town. This fortressis built over an ancient extinct volcano, defended the city against attacks forhundreds of years. Below this you’ll find The Royal Mile, which is an idealplace to start your exploration of the Scottish capital. The cobblestone streetsconnect the Palace of Holyrood, the current official royal residence, with itsmedieval counterpart, Edinburgh Castle. Along theroute you will find some of the most important buildings of the city, such asSt. Giles' Cathedral and Parliament House.

It is only a short walk to Princes Street Gardens,which stretch along Princes Street, the main shopping area of ​​the city. Inthis beautiful green space you’ll find memorials and monuments, including theScott Monument, built in striking Gothic style in honour of the writer, Sir.Walter Scott; from its galleries you have an incredible view of the city.

But that’s not even the best. From the hills risingup behind the city, the view is even more beautiful. Hike to the top ofArthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, and up Calton Hill, which houses a number ofimpressive monuments, including the National Monument.

If you want escape the beaten track, Edinburghalso has a number of lesser-known locations. Dean Village is located in a greenarea and is just five minutes drive from the city centre. In this harbordistrict you’ll find numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also the finalresting place for the royal yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship served theBritish royal family for over 40 years all over the world’s hazardous waters.

The two most popular months to visit Edinburgh,are December and August. In August there are several art festivals, includingthe legendary Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. In December,there are all kinds of Christmas attractions and markets. The month ends withone of the most famous street parties in the world: Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €51 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Royal Mile are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (660 reviews)
"Very efficient staff"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €52 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and Usher Hall. George Street ...
4/5Very Good! (1,021 reviews)
"Great location, fantastic price."

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
4 out of 5
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €152 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this boutique hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)
"Great location! Our room was spacious and comfortable"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

The Scotsman Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
5 out of 5
42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €220 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Located in New Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Multrees Walk, Princes Street and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (427 reviews)
Edinburgh visit
"Lovely comfortable apartment for short visit to Edinburgh. Unfortunately most facilities shut due to Covid but look forward to returning to enjoy gym, restaurant and bars. But apartment was great in the circumstances and staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2020

Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €96 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Greyfriars Kirk and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,155 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, enjoyed stay, excellent for overseas visitor's, close to all the historical buildings of Edinburgh,"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Haymarket Apartments
Haymarket Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €75 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Located in Haymarket, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street and Usher Hall. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)
Well Appointed Apartments
"The apartments are very well appointed and location is great. Would definitely revisit with the family."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2021

Haymarket Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Edinburgh

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25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

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22 Mar 2020

Love Edinburgh!!!

4/5 - Good

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15 Mar 2020

would recommend the hop on hop off city tour buses great value,

4/5 - Good

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15 Mar 2020

Good place to stay at Edinburgh airpoft

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Mar 2020

Had dinner at no 11 Brasserie and it was lovely food.

4/5 - Good

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12 Mar 2020

Too many begging people on pavements