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Edinburgh
Travel Guide

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

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$91 per night from 22 Mar to 23 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Royal Mile are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (651 reviews)
Highly recommended

"Amazing Hotel, value for money and great service."…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov,2020

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
4 out of 5
34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$154 per night from 6 Apr to 7 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Usher Hall, Grassmarket and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle are also within 10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"All staff friendly and service good."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$201 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr
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! (1,379 reviews)

"Lovely hotel to stay at. Staff were helpful. Will be back soon."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec,2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
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.
The Knight Residence Apartments by Mansley
The Knight Residence Apartments by Mansley
5 out of 5
12 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Located in Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Grassmarket, Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Edinburgh Castle and Usher Hall ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,282 reviews)

"We loved our stay at this property so much we extended an extra day. The apartment was clean and ultra convenient. Lots of restaurant choices just to the west; the castle and old town were a 5-10 minute walk. The secure on-site parking was a bonus. Reception called in advance to arrange our arrival ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov,2020

The Knight Residence Apartments by Mansley
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval Old Town Chambers
5 out of 5
Roxburgh's Court, Off 323 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$219 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Old Town, this luxury apartment building is steps away from City Chambers, Princes Street and Royal Mile. St. Giles' Cathedral and Real Mary King's ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,386 reviews)

"Lovely grand building. Apartments are quite small but high end. Really enjoyed our stay, got deliveroo right to our door. Wilk definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov,2020

Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
5 out of 5
42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$229 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in New Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Multrees Walk, Princes Street and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (425 reviews)
Top Drawer

"Always excellent service from friendly staff. Perfect room for the stay."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov,2020

Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
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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25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

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22 Mar 2020

Love Edinburgh!!!

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15 Mar 2020

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

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15 Mar 2020

Good place to stay at Edinburgh airpoft

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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