Edinburgh

Travel Guide
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Scotland’s capital is filled with attractive landmarks, parks and gardens, and hosts cultural festivals that draw millions of visitors each year.

Nestled beside long extinct volcanoes and built on seven hills, Edinburgh offers spectacular scenery in a rugged setting. The city itself is visually impressive with the medieval buildings of the Old Town and the wide Georgian roads and spacious homes of the New Town. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995. The city’s crowning glory and the reason for its existence is Edinburgh Castle. For hundreds of years, this fortress perched on an ancient volcano defended the city from attack. Start your exploration of Scotland’s capital city at The Royal Mile. This series of cobblestone streets links the castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an official royal residence. Along the route you’ll come across some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Giles’ Cathedral and Parliament House.Just a short walk away is Princes Street Gardens, which runs the length of Princes Street, the city’s main shopping area. While you are enjoying this pretty green space, visit some of its memorials and monuments including the Scott Monument. This Gothic structure was built to honor the novelist Sir Walter Scott. Its viewing galleries offer good views of the city.Enjoy even more beautiful views from the hills that rise over the city. Hike to the summits of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and Calton Hill, which is home to a number of impressive monuments.Veer off the beaten track and explore some of Edinburgh’s lesser-known sites. Dean Village is surrounded by countryside and is just five minutes from the city center. The port district has a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants and is also the final resting place of the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent vessel sailed the British royal family around the world for more than 40 years. Two of the most popular months to visit Edinburgh are December and August. Overlapping arts festivals running through August include the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. December is packed with Yuletide attractions and markets, and is rounded off with one of the world’s most famous street parties: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

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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, EH3 8DN
The price is $120 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,178 reviews)
Excellent location for visiting Edinburgh
"Hotel is in a great location. Very close to Haymarket train station - less than a 5 minute walk. A couple of minutes walk to tram stops for Edinburgh airport/Princes Street. An easy 15 minute stroll to Princes Street shops/bars. A number of small restaurants & bars around the hotel too."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
3.5 out of 5
152 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8EB
The price is $126 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (687 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Point A Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4NH
The price is $123 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,423 reviews)
"good location, clean rooms, comfy beds, only negative was the sink would not drain"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

YOTEL Edinburgh
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Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
4 out of 5
26 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2JY
The price is $152 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (237 reviews)
"Superbe endroit et le personnel était super gentil!"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4JN
The price is $180 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (726 reviews)
"All good except for the delivery vehicles in the early morning. (and the drunks in the alley on the weekends)."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Eden Locke
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval Old Town Chambers
5 out of 5
Royal Mile, 329 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PN
The price is $248 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,505 reviews)
"Perfect location for staying in Edinburgh. Easy to walk around old town. Close to Waverly station. Multiple restaurants and bars. Multiple stores for shopping. We were there during the fringe festival in august and it never was too loud. Private stay while being in the heart of the city. Loved the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

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.

Getting around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is fairly compact and exploring the winding streets of its oldest areas on foot is an experience not to be missed. Most of the central neighborhoods are less than a half-hour walk away from one another. Get further out from the center by using the reliable bus network, run by FirstBus. Ticket prices are reasonable and buses are frequent. Taxis are also a common sight in the streets. Visit the Transport for Edinburgh website.Browse Edinburgh rental cars.

Best time to visit

Some say August is the only time of year to visit Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a vast event of performing arts, transforms the city throughout the month. Visit then to find the streets packed and the bars open all night. Be aware, though, that accommodations are extremely expensive in August and fill up months in advance. A spring or fall visit will show you a more sedate side to the city.

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