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Compact, hilly, and packed with landmarks, Edinburgh delights visitors with its medieval old town and vibrant personality. Dominating the skyline is Edinburgh Castle, where Scotland’s rich history is on display, along with the crown jewels. Take a free guided tour of the impressive citadel to hear stories of its fascinating past, then head up to the Argyle Battery for incredible city views.

From the castle, the legendary Royal Mile leads down to Holyrood Palace through a mix of museums and gift shops, selling everything from kilts to vintage whisky. Some of the city’s best food can be found here, too. However, if the smell of fish and chips doesn’t tempt you, why not try a traditional pub lunch of "haggis, neeps, and tatties"?

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

Edinburgh promises a great time, no matter the time of year. In the winter there’s Hogmanay, a 3-day festival of street parties and events 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 theater into a full schedule, creating a buzz that draws huge crowds to the Scottish capital year after year.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.27
Language English
Average weekend price $202 per night
Average weekday price $164 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Beautiful clean city.

February 27, 2024

Beautiful clean city. Love the Grassmarket area, the west end, museums. Stunning castle. Found a wonderful pub in Rose Street..the Rose Street Brewery...outstanding food, lovely building and great staff. Walked everywhere. Great little shops and beautiful old buildings.


A magnificent city full of amazing architecture, ancient...

February 27, 2024

A magnificent city full of amazing architecture, ancient buildings and history. The Camera Obscurer was amazing. The Haymarket Cafe provided fabulous food and friendly service. Getting round Edinburgh-no problem- tour buses, trams and buses and walking.

Joy United Kingdom

Edinburgh is a fabulous city.

February 26, 2024

Edinburgh is a fabulous city. We visited for the Scotland v England rugby international. The transport network to Murrayfield, to and from the airport was first class and inexpensive. We have been to Edinburgh a few times previously but it is always such a pleasure to return.

VERONICA United Kingdom

A beautiful friendly warm City with so much to offer.

February 25, 2024

A beautiful friendly warm City with so much to offer. History Architecture, Galleries, great restaurants. Wander the streets of the Old Town, cobbled pedestrianised streets great pubs and shops, Royal Mile from the High Street to the Castle is a great place to wander around and see the City from up high. Great art galleries, and local food, ST Andrews Sq houses the larger up market chain restaurants and a local favourite Amarone an Italian Restaurant is popular. Don't leave this City without walking up Arthur's Seat.

Richard United Kingdom

City was clean, public transport was very good and regular,...

February 23, 2024

City was clean, public transport was very good and regular, The shopping centre was very new and had all major stores . Plenty of good restaurants, bars and smaller coffee houses. Very eclectic mix to suit all tastes. Discounts available at most venues if you asked. It exceeded my expectations. Very hilly in parts so need to be able to get around

Michael United Kingdom

What an absolute gem of a city.

February 23, 2024

What an absolute gem of a city. The architecture is an absolute joy,lots of different styles,but the old town was our favourite. The city caters to all sorts of tastes regarding food,nightlife,day trips,transport ,museums and galleries. We arrived via the airport, and found thr tram an excellent way to travel into the city centre. A day pass for £5 can also be purchased, a hop on, hop off affair. We only stayed for 2 nights,just as an excuse for my wife and myself to get on a plane for the first time, but will be back for a much longer stay next time,again by plane.

Mike United Kingdom

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