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Compact, hilly and filled with innumerable attractions, Edinburgh delights visitors with its medieval old town and vibrant personality. Dominating the skyline is Edinburgh Castle, where Scotland’s crown jewels are displayed and centuries of national history unravel. Take a free guided tour of this mighty citadel to hear stories of its fascinating past, and pause at the Argyle Battery for sweeping city views.

From the castle, the legendary Royal Mile leads down to Holyrood Palace in a jumble of museums and gift shops selling everything from kilts to vintage whisky. Some of the city’s best eats can be found here too – if the salty smell of fish and chips doesn’t tempt you, then perhaps a pub lunch of ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ will.

Burn it all off with a walk to the top of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that overlooks the city in nearby Holyrood Park, and admire the natural landscape that stretches for miles around.

A wonderful time is guaranteed in Edinburgh, no matter the time of year. In winter there’s Hogmanay, a three-day festival of spectacular events and street parties to celebrate the new year. Summer brings balmier weather, before rounding up with the world’s biggest arts festival: The Fringe. Lasting an entire month, this all-out celebration packs stand-up comedy, magic shows and dramatic theatre into its busy schedule, creating a buzz that draws bigger crowds to the Scottish capital year after year.


From £32 per night

This weekend

From £83 per night

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From £106 per night

Most popular time to visit August–October
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £100 per night
Average weekday price £91 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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It was a very nice hotel smack dab in the midst of all...

24 October 2018

It was a very nice hotel smack dab in the midst of all sights. The staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was a pleasant surprise because we unexpectedly had a side view of the castle. The accommodations were comfortable and spotless. We had a huge bathroom and amenities were plentiful. I want to go back there!

Barbara United States

The visit to Edinburgh was amazing but we wished we...

18 April 2017

The visit to Edinburgh was amazing but we wished we could've stayed there longer. We went to Animus Salon and got massage and facials, they even offered, coffee, tea or some wine. We went to a restaurant called Zizzi's because one of our friends is vegan and they have vegan and vegetarian options there. The hotel we stayed at was the Guard's Hotel and the beds were extremely comfy and the space in the rooms were great. We went on the tour busses around Edinburgh and decided to take in the history of Edinburgh while also planning our next visit for our friend's birthday in a few months time. (We're planning to stay longer this time.) The overall experience was amazing but we advise that you spend more than just a night over in Edinburgh as there is so much to explore.

Kimberley United Kingdom

Lovely hotel set off road, parking available.

18 January 2017

Lovely hotel set off road, parking available. very friendly member of staff, also very helpful. :-) The bedroom & bed were comfortable with tea, coffee & milk, more given if asked for. Has it's own bathroom & TV. Loved our breakfast, a wide choice available :-) A warm & friendly welcome & Hotel a pleasant place to stay. Highly recommended :-)

Deana United Kingdom

The food was lovely;

7 January 2017

The food was lovely; however, cramped 5 people to a small table when there was big lager table at the back of the room where only one person sitting (6 person table). It would not been and issue if only for drinks but with food involved, it was cramped. The washroom was uncleaned with Harry Potter fans' signatures all over the washroom.

Rosie Canada

Edinburgh is lovely city.

10 August 2016

Edinburgh is lovely city. There is lots to see and do and good shopping options. Unfortunately many restaurants and bars close their kitchens at 9:00 pm. If you are arriving late or get back from a tour late, it can be quite challenging to find a place close by to eat. The old Waverly Hotel offers a delicious Haggis at their bar restaurant. If you are not familiar with the UK, skip included breakfasts with your hotel and instead go to a Marks & Spencer (M&S) or Pret-A-Manger for healthy and inexpensive breakfast items and lunches. There are enough of these around that there should be one close by. Near Edinburgh Castle there is the Edinburgh Wool Mill. If you go inside you can actually make your way down to the bottom of the building and watch wool and tartans be made; it's free and a neat things to be able to say you've seen.

Elena Canada

I love the hustle and bustle and ambience of Edinburgh.

2 August 2016

I love the hustle and bustle and ambience of Edinburgh. I love princes street for shopping. St Andrews square with live music and bars etc and is lit up at night. The hard rock cafe was our choice for an eateries and we weren't disappointed and they serve amazing cocktails too! The omni centre for the cinema for up to date new movies out. The seating is so comfortable now with lots of leg room. All within easy walking distance to each other. I stayed at the Balmoral Hotel which is in close proximity of all attractions. The hotel staff, food, stay was second to none.

Catherine United Kingdom

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