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Edinburgh
Travel Guide

Arthur\'s Seat which includes château or palace, views 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

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$116 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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! (677 reviews)
"Ticked the boxes that we needed for a family trip to Edinburgh. High standard rooms, helpful staff, decent food, nice bar, good location etc."

Reviewed on 6 Jun,2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
The Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in New Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Princes Street and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)
"We've always wanted to stay at The Balmoral, and very glad that we did. 5 star hotel, 5 star service with an excellent room and skyline view of Edinburgh. The Prince bar is marvellous. A very classy old-fashioned bar with a great cocktail menu. Spa facilities are very good, and gym, though small, ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jun,2021

The Balmoral Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
4 out of 5
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$326 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this boutique hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"Lovely hotel and the staff were lovely too- we’re hoping to stay there again"

Reviewed on 2 Jun,2021

The Scotsman Hotel
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.
Destiny Scotland - Hill Street Apartments
Destiny Scotland - Hill Street Apartments
4 out of 5
5 Hill Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is SG$159 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in New Town, this apartment building is steps away from George Street and Princes Street. Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (151 reviews)
"Amazing apartment! So much space for our family of four and perfect to spend time in after a busy day of sightseeing. Spacious double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a perfect kitchen living / diner. We also had exceptional customer service by Destiny Scotland when our TV didn’t work (we nodded off one ..."

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

Destiny Scotland - Hill Street Apartments
Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
4.5 out of 5
1 S Charlotte St, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in New Town, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Grassmarket and Usher Hall are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Castle view apartment
"Great apartment, well located and equipped to a high standard - very nice all round but in need of some quick paining of the walls - would stay again!"

Reviewed on 19 Oct,2020

Destiny Scotland Charlotte SQ Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
3.5 out of 5
9 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Located in New Town, this apartment building is steps away from St. Andrew Square and Princes Street. George Street and Edinburgh Dungeon are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (215 reviews)
"Had a great time apartment very clean. Great location. Bit disappointed when we got there & couldn’t get in phoned the number I was given & hadn’t been told we had to pay £200 deposit! Got sorted in the end & eventually got in. Would definitely recommend & will most definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul,2020

Destiny Scotland - St. Andrew Square Apartments
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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