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

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €75 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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! (967 reviews)
"Nothing unique. Just what we wanted"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundable
The price is €108 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in New Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Princes Street, Royal Mile and Princes Street Gardens. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (781 reviews)
"This was a fantastic hotel in the New Town of Edinburgh. It is only about a 10 minute walk from Waverley station, and super close to loads of bars and restaurants. The staff were extremely friendly, and the hotel is has loads of amenities like breakfast and a gym. The room was spacious, clean, and ..."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
3.5 out of 5
18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €98 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hotel is steps away from Princes Street, Royal Mile and Edinburgh Dungeon. The Hub and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (926 reviews)
"Excellent hotel in a perfect location. Just down the road from Waverely station and no more than 15 minutes walk to most attractions. The staff are friendly and helpful and the hotel clean and modern. The rooms are not big but are a decent enough size and perfect when you're out all day anyway. Check ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
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Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €114 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (588 reviews)
"Great location, decent price, and lovely room. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2021

Eden Locke
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €157 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
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! (2,170 reviews)
"Location fantastic. Rooms need refreshing though as are showing signs of wearing."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €122 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,098 reviews)
"It was suitable for our needs. Nothing negative to say. Comfortable, clean and friendly."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
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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