Edinburgh

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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

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Kirknewton, Scotland, EH27 8EB
The price is €92 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
€92
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kirknewton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2022

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
4 out of 5
23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3BG
The price is €138 per night from 5 Jan to 6 Jan
€138
per night
5 Jan - 6 Jan
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"I don’t have enough positive things to say for our quick stay. Wish we could’ve stayed longer!"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2022

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8DN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €92 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan
€92
per night
3 Jan - 4 Jan
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,180 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly. Engaged and attentive."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
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Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4JN
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (764 reviews)
"Great accommodation, with lovely staff & a fantastic location, what more can you ask for"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2022

Eden Locke
Native Edinburgh
Native Edinburgh
3.5 out of 5
74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4NF
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (683 reviews)
Staff make it even more special.
"Worked well, location good for us. Used Park and Ride at Straiton, ideal for us. Hotel good, good facilities, friendly and very helpful staff. To keep in mind for future Edinburgh visit(s). Thank you."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Native Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PT
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,409 reviews)
Perfect!
"It was a lovely place to stay. Perfectly located with an excellent cafe next door. The room had a few maintenance issues but nothing critical. Just renovating an old building challenges"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
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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