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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 £44 per night

This weekend

From £88 per night

Next weekend

From £91 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £97 per night
Average weekday price £93 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Edinburgh reviews

What other travellers say about Edinburgh

10

I have nothing bad to say about this city mainly cause this...

17 May 2020

I have nothing bad to say about this city mainly cause this is my favorite place. It should be on everyone's travel list. Scotland is so much more than what I can describe in words. getting around the city is very easy and locals are extremely friendly and nice.

Sujeewa
Sujeewa Qatar
8.0

Love the Ghost tour, absolutely hilarious and a great way of...

26 March 2020

Love the Ghost tour, absolutely hilarious and a great way of seeing Edinburgh by night...xmas markets were stupid busy so left a sour taste in the mouth but the local architecture and history, specifically the castle were excellent to witness.

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

Lovely place to stay plenty of sights but when i went the...

22 March 2020

Lovely place to stay plenty of sights but when i went the corona virus had many places on lock down. This is indeed a lovely place to spend a few days lots to see and I walked around and enjoyed the walks.

Jayne
Jayne United Kingdom
10

Edinburgh is easy to walk around.

21 March 2020

Edinburgh is easy to walk around. There are hills but these are easily manageable. There are great views at the high points of the city and good photo opportunities. There are places to visit to suit all ages and interests. Eating out is easy as there are so many different cafes and restaurants to chose from and the shopping is good too!

Sally
Sally United Kingdom
10

I'd avoid Princes Street and explore places off the...

20 March 2020

I'd avoid Princes Street and explore places off the beaten track like Stockbridge and Broughton St. The Royal Mile is still an inspiring walk and the walk down Victoria St with the superb Ox Bow pub is not to be missed. Also worth visiting The Oxford Bar off Queen St if you are a fan of the Rebus novels. As with most cities these days though, a lot of Edinburgh is besieged by road works! My tip: try out the Just Eat (Boris) bikes and cycle the Leith Water path to Leith and Portabello!

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

we had gone with the intentions of visiting quite a few...

20 March 2020

we had gone with the intentions of visiting quite a few landmarks but unfortunately places were having to close due to covid 19 , we still manged to visit Edingburgh Castle and the zoo but missed out on the gin distillery :( I definitely would like to re visit when things are a little more normal

Anonymous United Kingdom

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