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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.

Tonight

From £162 per night

This weekend

From £384 per night

Next weekend

From £507 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
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Language English
Average weekend price £126 per night
Average weekday price £128 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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10

We had booking at Whisky Experience (platinum tour) with...

29 June 2022

We had booking at Whisky Experience (platinum tour) with dinner, which was a nice experience. If you want to visit Edinburgh Castle I would recommend booking the tickets up front. Nice whisky bar to visit on the Royal Mile is the Albanach bar, great whisky menu and excellent service.

Corne
Corne Netherlands
10

I absolutely love Edinburgh, it's one of my favourite...

29 June 2022

I absolutely love Edinburgh, it's one of my favourite cities to visit. There's so much to see and do for people of all ages and interests, from historical sites to walks to culture and top quality bars and restaurants. I would say a trip to the castle and a walk up Arthur's Seat are essential for a stay in Edinburgh, but the whole city is absolutely beautiful with amazing architecture - there's so much to look at and take in when exploring on foot. I am a foodie so love that there's a huge range of choice for food and drink in Edinburgh. Some spots I recommend: Loudons for brunch (multiple locations), Oink for a quick lunch stop for hog roast baps (multiple locations), Raging Bull cocktail bar on Lothian Road and Edinburgh Gin or Pickering's for a gin tasting / tour / just a drink.

Becky
Becky United Kingdom
10

Edinburgh is just beautiful.

29 June 2022

Edinburgh is just beautiful. The buildings and history are wonderful to visit. We went to some good restaurants and walked the length and breadth of the Royal Mile and many of the side streets. We enjoyed the underground tour the most. The kids got a little antsy at the castle.

Gerda
Gerda United States
10

The city center near Princes Street is fantastic.

28 June 2022

The city center near Princes Street is fantastic. The Grass Market area and the Meadows were our favorite places to hang out. The Royal Mile is a bit of a giant tourist trap, but great if you want to buy gifts and get the full "Edinburgh" experience. We just liked hanging out near the parks, walking the city, and especially enjoyed our stay in Stockbridge. Great restaurants including Hector's and the Bailie Bar. Public transportation is very easy with busses everywhere as is walking through the city.

Anita
Anita United States
10

The city was beautiful and historical.

28 June 2022

The city was beautiful and historical. We were able to walk or ride a bus to just about everywhere. The restaurant and food were great lots of choices. I can see why Harry Potter was based off Edinburg.

Marjorie
Marjorie United States
10

One of the Must-seen Cities of the UK.

28 June 2022

One of the Must-seen Cities of the UK. Very rich history, fantastic architecture and nice tourist attractions. Plus very delicious food. At this period of year, namely the last week of June, the weather is very nice.

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