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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.

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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 ¥6,453 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in New Town, this hotel is steps from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street, and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. George Street and Royal Mile are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (661 reviews)
"Modern hotel in the heart of the city"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is ¥6,585 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street, and Usher Hall. George Street ...
4/5Very Good! (1,018 reviews)
"Nice clean property, room size was good. Only negative was the hardness of the sofa bed in the family room, daughter couldn’t sleep on it so I did and I’m paying for it today with a sore back."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
4 out of 5
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is ¥19,279 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this boutique hotel is steps from City Art Centre, Princes Street, and Royal Mile. Edinburgh Dungeon and Real Mary King's Close ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
"Great location! Our room was spacious and comfortable"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 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.
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
5 out of 5
42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is ¥28,608 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in New Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Multrees Walk, Princes Street, and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (427 reviews)
Edinburgh visit
"Lovely comfortable apartment for short visit to Edinburgh. Unfortunately most facilities shut due to Covid but look forward to returning to enjoy gym, restaurant and bars. But apartment was great in the circumstances and staff were very helpful."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is ¥12,169 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Greyfriars Kirk and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,155 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, enjoyed stay, excellent for overseas visitor's, close to all the historical buildings of Edinburgh,"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Haymarket Apartments
Haymarket Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is ¥8,926 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in Haymarket, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street, and Usher Hall. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)
Well Appointed Apartments
"The apartments are very well appointed and location is great. Would definitely revisit with the family."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Haymarket 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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Mar 25, 2020

Edinburgh is one of our favorite places in the world. We love the people, the atmosphere of the city, and the culture.

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Mar 22, 2020

Wow such a beautiful place. Would love to go again. The entire place feels like a movie. Did not see anything run down. The Royal Mile, zoo castle and more. Would recommend 100%

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Mar 18, 2020

The Mary King Close was worth a visit, the tour takes you down three levels of the streets and accommodation of old Edinburgh now underneath the Exchange Square.

5/5 - Excellent

Alex

Mar 18, 2020

Loved all the castles and walk to shops

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Lou

Mar 14, 2020

Edinburgh is beautiful!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 9, 2020

Just make sure you give yourself adequate time when visiting the castle as there is a lot to take in once inside. Also, if you plan ongoing to Arthur's Seat get an early start as it can get fairly crowed, plus I would advise appropriate footwear.

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