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EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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

Top hotels in Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
The price is SG$68 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (465 reviews)

"Great staff! Lovely design. Upgraded from premium queen to King VIP. EXCELLENT."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov,2020

YOTEL Edinburgh
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is SG$104 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (1,444 reviews)

"Enjoyable stay spent at the Dalmahoy country golf resort."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct,2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
4 out of 5
The price is SG$111 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's Close ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"Good location and friendly staff. Bed was comfy too."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct,2020

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
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Holiday Rentals in Edinburgh

Mode Edinburgh
Mode Edinburgh
3.5 out of 5

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (553 reviews)

"Great service, excellent cleanliness and great processes during the Coronavirus. Really great stay."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct,2020

Mode Edinburgh
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
The price is SG$99 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (552 reviews)

"Stayed here for one night, however wish I stayed here longer. Staff were so amazing and the facilities were incredible. Would definitely go back!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov,2020

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 SG$123 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Greyfriars Kirk and Edinburgh ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,153 reviews)

"The Frasier suites are situated in St Giles Street ideally located and within walking distance for Edinburgh Castle, St Giles cathedral and the Royal Mile."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct,2020

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
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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Reviews of Edinburgh

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25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

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22 Mar 2020

Love Edinburgh!!!

4/5 - Good

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15 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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15 Mar 2020

Good place to stay at Edinburgh airpoft

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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12 Mar 2020

Too many begging people on pavements