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.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4NH
The price is ¥14,112 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,051 reviews)
"Clean and modern and close to St Andrews Square and restaurants within walking distance. Breakfast not worth the price."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

YOTEL Edinburgh
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8DN
The price is ¥15,844 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,020 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, stayed here with my mum for 2 nights as we were in Edinburgh for a concert at the liquid rooms. 30 min walk which is handy. 15 mins walk between Haymarket and Waverley. Nice breakfast, clean pint. We would recommend."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
4 out of 5
23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3BG
The price is ¥23,832 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"The hotel is clean and nice. The rooms are big, clean and nice bathroom"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Apex Waterloo Place 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.
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4JN
The price is ¥19,838 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
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! (673 reviews)
"Excellent location, very friendly staff, large room with kitchen, washer, large TV, comfortable bed, quiet, friendly staff. Well above expectations."

Reviewed on May 21, 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 ¥33,935 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the family ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,455 reviews)
"The location is absolutely awesome. So close to the Edinburgh castle, restaurants, and shopping!"

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Cheval Old Town Chambers
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PT
The price is ¥27,321 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,263 reviews)
"Our late check in was welcomed by our amiable night manager, Peter took care to bring our bags up to our rooms with care and ease. The breakfast included also suited our quick turn around for a tour of the highlands, bus with in walking distance."

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

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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