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Edinburgh

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 showing heritage elements and street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,168 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Royal Mile to Grassmarket – discover Old Town, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Old Town
Edinburgh showing heritage architecture and night scenes

New Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,225 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of New Town is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Princes Street and George Street.

New Town

Top hotels in Edinburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5

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! (1,614 reviews)
So helpful

"when my flight from Edinburgh to New York was cancelled the staff were extrodinarily helpful. They tried for hours to help me get a flight back home. When they had to leave to attend to something else they came back and checked on my progress. They were supportive and kind in a time that was very ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
The price is SG$94 per night

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! (514 reviews)
Excellent apartments.

"Great stay and 5 stars for the accommodation location and staff. The only downside was some late night noise from people outside the pub next door. I would definitely stay again but ask for a quiet room."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

Eden Locke
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
4 out of 5
The price is SG$89 per night

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! (1,001 reviews)

"Amazing staff,very clean and tidy rooms...brilliant conditions"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jun,2020

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Popular places to visit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(1,009 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(575 reviews)

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

University of Edinburgh
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University of Edinburgh

4.5/5(233 reviews)

The campus of Edinburgh's venerable educational institution is spread seamlessly around the architecture of the city and opens to the public during year-round events.

Top things to do in Edinburgh

Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour
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Skip-the-Line Edinburgh Castle Tour

SG$56
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

SG$28
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket
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Palace of Holyroodhouse Admission Ticket

SG$29
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission
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Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission

SG$58
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

SG$47
Per adult
Walking Food and Drink Tour
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Walking Food and Drink Tour

SG$89
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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