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Edinburgh

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

Old Town showing heritage elements and street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,168 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Royal Mile to Grassmarket – discover Old Town, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Old Town
Edinburgh which includes heritage architecture and night scenes

New Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,225 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of New Town is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Princes Street and George Street.

New Town

Top hotels in Edinburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Waterloo Place and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Dungeon are also within 5 minutes. Edinburgh ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"Liked old style 1st class service. Only stayed 2 nights. Would have liked longer."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

The Balmoral Hotel
Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Novotel Edinburgh Centre
4 out of 5
80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is €91 per night

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Meadows, Grassmarket and Royal Mile. University of Edinburgh and Usher Hall are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,996 reviews)

"Good location, great breakfast, room was nice and from the 6th floor the view was great."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Novotel Edinburgh Centre
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is €103 per night

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! (2,085 reviews)

"I enjoyed the pond on the golf course. Took a stroll and the swan and ducks came by to investigate me, although I assumed they’ve had people feed them."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Popular places to visit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(1,009 reviews)

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.

Royal Mile
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Royal Mile

4.5/5(575 reviews)

Explore this area in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town to find ancient buildings, historic relics, shops, museums and range of dining options.

Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo

4.5/5(204 reviews)

See rare and endangered species and learn about the efforts to conserve them at Edinburgh’s largest wildlife attraction.

Top things to do in Edinburgh

Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission
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Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission

96% of travellers recommend
€37
Per adult
Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness & the Highlands with Hotel Pickup from Edinburgh

88% of travellers recommend
€56
Per adult
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

96% of travellers recommend
€18
Per adult
Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

€30
Per adult
Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show
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Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour: A Comedy Horror Show

86% of travellers recommend
€19
Per adult
Edinburgh Old Town Historical Tour
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Edinburgh Old Town Historical Tour

80% of travellers recommend
€13
Per adult

Reviews of Edinburgh

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.97452229299363%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 25.511230305062018%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.212537713711029%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.1340931947703654%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.16761649346295676%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Love Edinburgh!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Good place to stay at Edinburgh airpoft

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Too many begging people on pavements

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