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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Overall a vibrant city with diverse cultures, however more of a variety of choices for menus on restaurants would add something extra to the city in my opinion. People are helpful and easy to talk to which also helps.
Lewis
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
8
Very good
Great location, half hour to the city centre. Staff were really friendly and if you wanted something extra then hey would be happy to do so. Would recommend to anyone and will go back with out a doubt.
alex
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Everything easy to find and easy to get to, public transport was brilliant and easy to navigate, nightlife is brilliant!
Dean
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Everything really close by. Walking distance for most things once you get your bearings. The 48 hour bus pass including entry to 3 royal venues is excellent value for money.
Denise
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
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Exceptional
Plenty to see and do for all tastes...Bring good walking footwear and suitable clothing and make your life so much easier.
William
United Kingdom
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Edinburgh

Motel One Edinburgh-Princes

9.1 Superb

Score from 4,097 reviews

£69

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Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 3,136 reviews

£76

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  • “location was great”
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The Roxburghe

8.8 Fabulous

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£95

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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

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£80

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Apex Grassmarket Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 4,327 reviews

£80

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The Principal Edinburgh George Street

8.8 Fabulous

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£91

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The Parliament House Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,656 reviews

£70

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Fraser Suites Edinburgh

8.7 Fabulous

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£89

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Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh – Royal Mile

8.5 Very good

Score from 2,364 reviews

£60

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Discover Edinburgh

Popular neighbourhoods in Edinburgh

West End

228 properties

West End’s all about performance. This district’s chock-full of theatres, cinemas and concert venues. It really comes into its own during August’s Fringe Festival, when you can barely walk for grinning street comics or touts thrusting flyers into your hand. Need a break from the theatricality? Slip into Caley Sample Rooms for an off-stage brew.

Princes Street

147 properties

A thoroughly famous thoroughfare. This mile-long street’s a hit with retail fiends, who flock to emporia like Jenners Department Store. It’s also foremost on the tourist trail, with the Scott Monument and sweeping views up to the castle. Sniffy about Scottish cuisine? Buck those hesitations at classy Contini’s, inside the National Gallery.

Old Town

136 properties

Edinburgh Old Town oozes mystery. Its cobbled “wynds” (narrow alleyways) entice and delight with unexpected nooks and crannies that urge you to explore. In the town that spawned Stevenson’s “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, let Grassmarket’s cosy pubs bring out the bard in you. To unravel the ghostly tales behind Old Town’s hidden gems, join a guided tour.

Royal Mile

119 properties

This street’s a mile-long history lesson. As you stroll down from Edinburgh Castle towards Holyrood Palace, look out for St Giles Cathedral – it leaves onlookers agape with its Gothic flourishes and fifty shades of grey sandstone. During the Fringe Festival, the Royal Mile teems with street performers and enthralled tourists.

Haymarket

90 properties

Hay ho, let’s go! Commuters zoom in and out of Edinburgh’s central business district in a whirl of brogues and briefcases. On match days, you’ll see (and hear) rugby fans bustle their way to iconic Murrayfield Stadium. There’s plenty to please foodies, too – from First Coast’s Scottish fare to Lovecrumbs’ exceedingly good cakes.

New Town

67 properties

Don’t be fooled by the name – New Town’s not that new. But its open spaces and elegant Georgian façades stand in stark contrast to the scrunched mediaeval maze of Old Town. Hidden behind neo-classical columns, New Town’s flats are among the city’s most sought after. If you fancy going the full Scottish, pick up a bespoke kilt from 21st Century Kilts.

Broughton

44 properties

Broughton’s an up-and-comer. This residential district’s flourishing into a nucleus of fine dining, funky bars and boutiques. Treacle serves up curious cocktails, Kitchin’s a hit for slap-up meals and the Pink Triangle flaunts fab nightlife for all persuasions. Intrigued by the local delicacy, deep-fried Mars bar? Tuck in at Café Piccante.

Stockbridge

11 properties

Local cheesemongers, high-class delis, microbreweries, vintage clothes shops… no wonder Stockbridge is consistently voted among the UK’s coolest places to live. Adjust your horn-rimmed specs, fasten that top button and join the locals at Stockbridge Tap Pub or The Last Word cocktail saloon. To escape society’s trappings, go for a stroll along leafy Water of Leith.

Bruntsfield

10 properties

Bruntsfield’s a leafy district where students eat, drink and sleep. On sunny days, grab a corner-shop beer and join the fresh-faced crowds in The Meadows Park, where you’ll find picnics, frisbees and sun cream galore. Head to funky gastro-pub Blackbird for Sunday brunch, before stopping off at Cameo Cinema’s cosy bar for a pre-film pint.

Portobello

7 properties

“Oh I do love to be beside the seaside…”. Well, by the Firth of Forth, anyway. Portobello combines the faded charm of old-time beach resorts with an eco-conscious community spirit. You won’t find your standard superstores here – just friendly joints serving organic, locally sourced grub. Check out the Espy or The Tide to sample the “Porty” vibe.

Morningside

5 properties

Morningside – lovely name, lovely place. This quiet area’s townhouses are home to Edinburgh’s best-lined pockets. Potter around like a leisurely local, stopping off for lunch at Nonna’s Kitchen (try the pumpkin ravioli). Then spend an evening of well-oiled repartee in legendary pub Canny Man’s, purveyor of countless single malt whiskies.

Local tips for Edinburgh

Water of Leith
Sally by Sally

Sally moved to Edinburgh over 3 years ago and enjoys its sights as much as its friendly atmosphere.

The Water of Leith riverside trail is a lovely way to explore the city by foot or bike. The river flows from the Pentland Hills, through the city and onto the Firth of Forth inlet. The 19-kilometre-long path is home to a diverse number of plants and animals.

  • Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh EH14 1TQ
  • www.waterofleith.org.uk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-16:00
Edinburgh's hidden bars: Panda and Sons
Brogan by Brogan

Brogan is new to Edinburgh but already loves its vibe and that there is always something going on.

Disguised as a barber shop, I was lucky enough to stumble upon this wee gem. One of the city's many hidden bars, Panda and Sons is a modern-day speakeasy serving quirky cocktails. If you go on a Saturday night, there is the added bonus of free popcorn to nibble on.

  • 79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF
  • www.pandaandsons.com
  • Open Monday-Thursday 16:00-01:00, Friday-Sunday 15:00-01:00
Greyfriars Bobby
Noemi by Noemi

Noemi swapped sunny Spain for a rather chillier Edinburgh but still loves it 11 years later.

A dear icon of the city, wee Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier who supposedly guarded the grave of his master for 14 years and has been commemorated in books and films. Stop to view the pooch’s famous statue next to Greyfriar’s Kirk Church, in the heart of the old town.

  • Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1
Arthur's Seat
Dympna by Dympna

Dympna was born and raised in Edinburgh and is still resident in the capital city.

For an invigorating adventure, a hike up Arthur’s Seat is a must. A mountain in the middle of the city, join its footpath starting across from Holyrood Palace, or head up towards Pollock Halls. The walk is certainly worth it and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views over Edinburgh!

  • 1 Queens Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
  • www.edinburgh.gov.uk
  • Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
The Shore
Casey by Casey

No matter how many times she leaves, Casey always finds her way back to her beautiful hometown.

Once run-down and industrial, The Shore has evolved into a lively, vibrant area and one of my favourites in the city. It’s home to Edinburgh’s highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, cocktail bars, pubs, a floating restaurant and one of the best cake shops in the city.

  • The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QW
Mary King's Close
Troy by Troy

South African Troy came to the city 9 years ago for 2 months and liked it so much he never left.

Below Edinburgh’s lively streets lies an underground city which housed its ancient population. Mary King’s Close’s amazing actors bring 17th-century Edinburgh to life, taking you on a tour along the remains of these subterranean streets and recounting the city’s murky past.

  • 2 Warriston's Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
  • www.realmarykingsclose.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
City Ghost Tours
Emma by Emma

Now living in London, Glaswegian Emma enjoys visiting Edinburgh whenever she’s north of the border.

A great way to bring Edinburgh’s “nooks and crannies” to life is with one of the city ghost tours. Beginning on the Royal Mile, they lead you down eerie alleyways and into spooky cellars. Hilarious tour guides will entertain you, mixing history with jokes and the odd blood-curdling scream.

  • There are several providers in town.
The Elephant House
Angel by Angel

Spaniard Ángel spent a year studying in Edinburgh and loves the magic that the city has.

You’ve probably heard the story of how J.K. Rowling began writing Harry Potter on a little paper napkin. What you might not know is that she did this in the Elephant House Café - a great spot to have a cup of tea in the midst of the atmospheric old town and overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

  • 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN
  • www.elephanthouse.biz
  • Open Monday–Thursday 08:00–22:00, Friday 08:00–23:00, Saturday 09:00–23:00, Sunday 09:00–22:00
Inverleith Park
Michael by Michael

Originally from the Western Isles, Michael loves Edinburgh’s charm, history and the lovely locals.

Inverleith Park is just a stone’s throw from Stockbridge and offers one of the best views of Edinburgh’s skyline. It hosts festivals and fairs throughout the summer, and there are also loads of shops, restaurants and bars nearby.

  • Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ
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Recommendations for Edinburgh

Like anywhere in the UK, history is in your face - which is one reason I love going there. Edinburgh is no exception. What with the Castle in the middle of town and the Palace of Holyrood on the east end, along with all of the other history steeped into every square inch of this elegant city, I recommend it to all. I first visited it as a mouthy 16 year old back in 1967 ... and yet I had enough maturity (buried somewhere deep inside me!) to fall in love with it even back then ... finally got to come back in 2007 and then again last week. An elegant city ... and don't confuse it as being just "more of England" ... it is TOTALLY different from England!

Edinburgh bus tours hop on hop off 1 day pass. Buy the ticket mid morning so you can use it until the time of purchase the next day. We used the second day to visit the Royal Britannia Yacht. Use google maps to inform on which local bus to catch back to your hotel location.

Edinburgh castle was a fantastic, day out for the whole family, grandparents, parents and children. Loads to see, very informative staff and lots to see and discuss. View fantastic. Tip, book ahead on line to save long queue (we actually did it while stood in queue)

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Why would you recommend Edinburgh for food?

Ate at a restaurant called McKirdy's Steakhouse. A family affair where the meat is supplied by the butcher who is a family member. Great knowledge & recommendation of steaks to fit your personal requirements. Friendly Staff and excellent service.

International Science Festival events

Yes - good vintage and retro shops

Great record shops!

Explore on foot

Gusto's

Transport

Edinburgh transport

Air - Edinburgh International Airport

Edinburgh Airport is located 13 km outside the city. The Lothian Bus Airlink 100 connects you to Waverley Railway Station in 40 minutes and costs GBP 4.50 each way, also stopping at Haymarket Station and the West End. Nightbus N22 runs from 00:47 to 04:17, costing GBP 3. The city centre-bound trams run every 8-12 minutes from the airport, taking around 35 minutes and costing GBP 5 for a single ticket (GBP 8 return). A taxi to the city centre will cost you around GBP 25.

Train

Waverley Railway Station is Edinburgh’s main hub just next to Princes Street. Trains are used mainly to travel to the suburbs and neighbouring towns. The East Coast line ends at London Kings Cross, and regular connections to Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Perth are run by First Scotrail. Haymarket Station is the second main station and a commuter hub, it's also the closest station to Murrayfield Rugby Stadium and EEIC Conference Centre.

Bus

Edinburgh's maroon-coloured Lothian Buses run all over the city, while Lothian Country Buses go to the outskirts. The city centre is fairly walkable but buses are good for getting from one side to the other. A single ticket in the City Zone will cost GBP 1.50 and a day ticket GBP 4. You can also purchase a Ridacard, a weekly travel card costing GBP 17 which offers unlimited travel on all forms of transport. Nightbuses run hourly from around midnight.

Tram

The city's 14 km-long tram route goes between York Place and Edinburgh Airport and feeds into a network of over 70 bus routes. Stops include Haymarket, Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, Princes Street and the Gyle Shopping Centre. The service runs 7 days a week, from approximately 06:00 to 22:45. Unlimited travel tickets, including the week-long Ridacard (GBP 17), can be used across the whole public transport network.

Taxi

Black cabs can be picked up around the city centre, or hailed at taxi ranks, and there's no need to pre-book. They are, however, generally quite expensive costing about GBP 15 for a cross-town trip. They can seat 5-6 people.

Car

Driving in central Edinburgh is tricky in the old town and around Princes Street. There are a few 24-hour multi-storey car parks which will cost about GBP 3 an hour, or GBP 15 a day. You can't park on main roads between 08:30 and 18:30 Monday - Saturday and at all other times you must pay at a ticket machine, where rates are about GBP 1.60 per hour. Traffic wardens can impose a GBP 60 fine on cars without tickets. Remember not to park on double yellow lines!

Food in Edinburgh

Top restaurants in Edinburgh

Good value
Mexican
Mariachi's
Good value
Scottish
Frankenstein
Cheap 'n' tasty
Scottish
The Elephant House
  • 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN
  • Open Monday–Thursday 08:00–22:00, Friday 08:00–23:00, Saturday 09:00–23:00, Sunday 09:00–22:00
  • www.elephanthouse.biz
  • 0044 1312205355
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Under the Stairs
Good value
Middle Eastern
Hanam's
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Vittoria on the Bridge
  • 19 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN
  • Open Sunday–Tuesday 10:00–22:00, Wednesday–Saturday 10:00–23:00
  • 0044 1312251740
High-end dining
Italian
El Divino
High-end dining
Seafood
Ondine
High-end dining
Scottish
The Grain Store
Good value
Thai
Thai Orchid
High-end dining
Scottish
Howie's
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Oink
High-end dining
Scottish
The Witchery by the Castle
Good value
Bar bites
BrewDog Bar
  • 143 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–01:00, Sunday 12:30–01:00
  • www.brewdog.com
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
City Café
Good value
Mexican
Viva Mexico
  • 41 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:00–14:00 and 18:00–22:30, Saturday 12:00–22:30
  • 0044 1312265145
Good value
Thai
Ting Thai Caravan
  • 8-9 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QZ
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–22:00
  • 0044 1312259801
Cheap 'n' tasty
Asian
Paradise Palms
Good value
British
Mum's
Cheap 'n' tasty
Desserts
Mary's Milk Bar
  • Mary's Milk Bar, 19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS
  • Open Tuesday–Sunday 11:00–19:00
  • www.marysmilkbar.com
High-end dining
Scottish
Union of Genius
Good value
Scottish
Albanach
Cheap 'n' tasty
Brazilian
Tupiniquim
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
The Edinburgh Larder
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Urban Angel
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