EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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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

Old Town featuring heritage elements and street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(163 area reviews)

Old Town
Edinburgh showing heritage architecture and night scenes

New Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(120 area reviews)

New Town

Top hotels in Edinburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
4 out of 5
Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
AU$81
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street Gardens and Greyfriars Kirk. Edinburgh ...

3.6/5Good! (1,451 reviews)

"Needs updating. Bedding poor. Very helpful staff.Good food. Expensive wine"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
Moxy Edinburgh Airport
Moxy Edinburgh Airport
3 out of 5
1 Fairview Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
AU$116
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated in Edinburgh, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Royal Highland Centre and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Gyle Shopping Centre. Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (762 reviews)

"Comfortable and convienient, but the room could have been cleaner."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Moxy Edinburgh Airport
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
AU$316
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

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! (1,034 reviews)

"Amazing hotel, great location, all staff provided a first class service from check in to having coffee or a drink. The upgraded room made our stay even more special. This was our first time staying at the Balmoral and we will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

The Balmoral Hotel

Popular activities in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(187 reviews)

A focal point of Scottish history that dominates Edinburgh’s skyline and which has served as a fortress, a palace and home to the crown jewels.

Royal Mile
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Royal Mile

4.5/5(62 reviews)

With its historic buildings, museums, shops and restaurants, this stretch of Edinburgh's Old Town is a much-loved haunt.

Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo

4/5(7 reviews)

Admire an array of rare and endangered species that are conserved at the city's renowned wildlife attraction.

Top activities in Edinburgh

Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$87
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour

88% of travellers recommend
AU$62
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
AU$97
Per adult
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$31
Per adult
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

96% of travellers recommend
AU$31
Per adult
Architecture Tour of Dean Village from Edinburgh
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Architecture Tour of Dean Village from Edinburgh

AU$53
Per adult

Reviews of Edinburgh

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
217
5 - Excellent 74.5704467353952%
4 - Good
65
4 - Good 22.33676975945017%
3 - Okay
8
3 - Okay 2.7491408934707904%
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1 - Terrible 0.3436426116838488%

5/5 - Excellent

Forbes

Feb 1, 2020

Beautiful Old Town, & Royal Mile, amazing history & architecture

5/5 - Excellent

AntonyHolden

Jan 8, 2020

A beaurtiful city and i highly recommend one of the guided bust tours. I sdid leave Edinburgh with a sense of 'having seen all there was of interest to see' though, but i would return and happily be guided to places i didn't go

5/5 - Excellent

Alex

Jan 8, 2020

Great place to visit with amazing buildings and sights

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 3, 2020

Best city I have visited

4/5 - Good

LKazda

Jan 1, 2020

A vibrant, attractive city with great food. Easy to get around and friendly Scotsmen!

5/5 - Excellent

MB

Dec 15, 2019

Love Edinburgh. Such a beautiful city.

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