Edinburgh

Travel Guide
Arthur\'s Seat showing a castle, a city and a sunset

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

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is AU$120 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
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! (780 reviews)
"Comfortable room and nice staff"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

YOTEL Edinburgh
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Apex Grassmarket Hotel
4 out of 5
31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is AU$220 per night from 26 Dec. to 26 Dec.
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hotel is steps away from Victoria Street and Grassmarket. Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle are also within 10 minutes. Edinburgh ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Apex Grassmarket Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is AU$192 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
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! (863 reviews)
"Very nice hotel , the only shame was the shower was very poor"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
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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 AU$160 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
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! (1,134 reviews)
"This property is an easy walk from Edinburgh's main train station and is on the most interesting street in Edinburgh, the Royal Mile. The street noise is a bit loud, even through double windows, but with ear plugs I slept beautifully. The rooms are amazingly spacious, the in room kitchen is good. ..."

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is AU$217 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,189 reviews)
"Brilliant location, friendly efficient service, very clean comfortable room, old world charm. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2021

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
4 out of 5
26 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is AU$246 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
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! (143 reviews)
"The property was clean, comfortable and spacious, the room was well equipped with everything you need, the kitchen equipment was exceptional. All the staff were marvellous, nothing was too much trouble and they were always prepared to go the extra mile. We would definitely stay again and recommend ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
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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