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 spacious homes Georgian New Town, and the spectacular castle looking down from its cliff. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995, which only begs the question: why did it take so long?

Edinburgh Castle has to be the most beautiful building in town. This fortress is built over an ancient extinct volcano, defended the city against attacks for hundreds of years. Below this you’ll find The Royal Mile, which is an ideal place to start your exploration of the Scottish capital. The cobblestone streets connect the Palace of Holyrood, the current official royal residence, with its medieval counterpart, Edinburgh Castle. Along the route you will find some of the most important buildings of the city, such as St. 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. In this beautiful green space you’ll find memorials and monuments, including the Scott 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 rising up behind the city, the view is even more beautiful. Hike to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, and up Calton Hill, which houses a number of impressive 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 green area and is just five minutes drive from the city centre. In this harbor district you’ll find numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also the final resting place for the royal yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship served the British 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, including the legendary Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. In December, there are all kinds of Christmas attractions and markets. The month ends with one of the most famous street parties in the world: Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €58 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in New Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Usher Hall are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (858 reviews)
"It was walking distance from everywhere I needed to be in Edinburgh"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

YOTEL Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €76 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Royal Mile and St. Andrew Square are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (927 reviews)
"Perfect location and great value for money"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
4 out of 5
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €160 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this boutique hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Great location and lovely hotel."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2022

The Scotsman Hotel
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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €67 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Mile, St. Giles' Cathedral and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,163 reviews)
"Nice area of Edinburgh, clean spacious room."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €86 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Located in New Town, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (623 reviews)
"A very stylish and safe hotel"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Eden Locke
Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
4 out of 5
26 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €129 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and St. Giles' Cathedral. Princes Street and Princes ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (164 reviews)
"Was very clean with great facilities. Staff were friendly upon check in but left you to it during the stay, they were always available if needed. Nice entrance to the building with a lovely sofa area to sit down. Great location, right opposite the castle and close to loads of different pubs/ restaurants ..."

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2021

Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
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