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EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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

Top hotels in Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €46 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (470 reviews)

"Great staff! Lovely design. Upgraded from premium queen to King VIP. EXCELLENT."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

YOTEL Edinburgh
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is €79 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

This family-friendly Kirknewton hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho and Heriot Watt University. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,444 reviews)

"Enjoyable stay spent at the Dalmahoy country golf resort."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
4 out of 5
19 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €78 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's Close ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Good location and friendly staff. Bed was comfy too."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
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.

Holiday Rentals in Edinburgh

Mode Edinburgh
Mode Edinburgh
3.5 out of 5
74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (554 reviews)

"Great service, excellent cleanliness and great processes during the Coronavirus. Really great stay."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

Mode Edinburgh
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €57 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (552 reviews)

"Stayed here for one night, however wish I stayed here longer. Staff were so amazing and the facilities were incredible. Would definitely go back!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2020

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 €76 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Greyfriars Kirk and Edinburgh ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,153 reviews)

"The Frasier suites are situated in St Giles Street ideally located and within walking distance for Edinburgh Castle, St Giles cathedral and the Royal Mile."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

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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Reviews of Edinburgh

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25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

5/5 - Excellent

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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