Edinburgh

Travel Guide
Arthur\'s Seat featuring a castle, heritage architecture and views

Visitors flock to the cultural and historic heart of Scotland to enjoy the city’s atmosphere and its many landmarks, parks and gardens.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, Edinburgh's incredibly rich history and culture goes back so much further. Wander down the medieval side-streets of the Old Town or past the spectacular Georgian avenues and homes of the New Town, and enjoy the aesthetic charm of the city. Always in view and perched high on an ancient volcano, is Edinburgh Castle, which defended the city against attack for hundreds of years.

A good starting point is The Royal Mile, a series of cobblestone streets which lead you right from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as taking you past some of Edinburgh's best loved landmarks. Among them you'll see St. Giles' Cathedral and Parliament House.

Explore Princes Street Gardens that runs the length of the main shopping area of Princes Street. Around this stunning park, you’ll find memorials and monuments, including the Gothic Scott Monument built as a tribute to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, and from which you can enjoy remarkable views of the city.

For the most rewarding views however, take a hike to the top of an extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat or to Calton Hill, with its impressive monuments.

To find more beautiful spaces to enjoy, try a little further afield. Dean Village for example lies in the countryside yet is just five minutes from the heart of town. While away a few relaxing hours in the port district in some of the great bars, cafés and restaurants. This is also where you’ll find the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used to take the British royal family all across the globe in over 40 years' service and is now a museum, open to the public.

Edinburgh is a fine city to visit all through the year. However some of the best times to visit are December and August. In the summer months, Edinburgh hosts some renowned arts festivals to which visitors flock from far and wide. The most famous of these are the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. At Christmas the city takes on a magical feel with plenty of attractions and markets, and at New Year, join in with the famous Hogmanay street party, a great way to round off the year and welcome in a new one.

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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 RM326 per night from 10 Oct to 10 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! (982 reviews)
"great stay, showe gel empty however"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is RM473 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! (778 reviews)
"Check in was easy and the gentleman who attended us was friendly. Room was great modern and comfortable."

Reviewed on 22 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 RM428 per night from 11 Oct to 11 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! (924 reviews)
"We definitely come back. Staff was really friendly special cleaner lady with tattoos, receptionist and Bartender. Great location."

Reviewed on 20 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 RM499 per night from 17 Oct to 17 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! (585 reviews)
"The property was spotlessly clean, spacious, comfortable and the staff were very helpful"

Reviewed on 19 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 RM682 per night from 6 Oct to 6 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! (2,169 reviews)
"Location fantastic. Rooms need refreshing though as are showing signs of wearing."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval Old Town Chambers
5 out of 5
Roxburgh's Court, Off 323 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is RM857 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this luxury apartment building is steps away from City Chambers, Princes Street and Royal Mile. St. Giles' Cathedral and Real ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,397 reviews)
"Delayed check in was annoying, otherwise everything else was great."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Cheval Old Town Chambers
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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