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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.

Tonight

From $78 per night

This weekend

From $467 per night

Next weekend

From $347 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.22
Language English
Average weekend price $21 per night
Average weekday price $20 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

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

October 24, 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
Barbara United States of America
10

Lovely city.

December 6, 2022

Lovely city. Easily walkable and a suberb mix of medieval and cosmopolitan feelings. Castle is absolutely marvelous, as is the Holyroodhouse Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Great views of the city from Calton Hill or the Arthur's seat - for the last expect to climb for approx 45 minutes to reach the top - you must be careful with the slippery rocks after rainy days but if dry the long clim is worth it. Great restaurants everywhere. Edinburgh is so nice that even a visit to the grave yards can turn out to be.....good! Final word for the locals: Scottish people are the kindest I ever met.

Ricardo
Ricardo Portugal
10

Edinburgh is the perfect blend of modern and old.

December 6, 2022

Edinburgh is the perfect blend of modern and old. If you are going for shopping, the new shopping centre on Princes street is amazing and a great addition to the already huge selection of shops in Edinburgh. For people who want to see historic buildings and learn about the history of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile is a great place to go. Whether it be the historic churches, cathedrals, castle or the dark history of the streets underneath the Royal Mile of which there are tours available for Adults or Children. In my Opinion Mary Kings Close is the best for a family experience and City of the Dead tours is best for people wanting a more scary experience. Transport around Edinburgh is Fantastic, the trams are a great way of getting around and a day pass is available for only £4.50 per day. If you are wanting to visit the Zoo which is located a few miles outside of Edinburgh there are buses available every few minutes on Princes Street. If you are lucky enough to be going to Edinburgh at Christmas, the market is easily the best Christmas market I have been too. You will find food from all around the world and hand made gifts which make for great gifts for friends and family. The only downside to some people is that Edinburgh is very hilly and expect to do a lot of walking while you are there. But if you want to walk a little less you can always use the tour buses. If you haven't been to Edinburgh before I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and if you have been before, you already know its great so what are you doing here reading my review, go book your next visit :)

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in Europe.

December 6, 2022

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in Europe. It has so much on offer. Beautiful city steeped in history. Fantastic place. I did live here for 7 years many years ago. It still feels like home and I truly love this city.

Angela
Angela
10

Edinburgh is a lovely city, there was the Christmas Market...

December 6, 2022

Edinburgh is a lovely city, there was the Christmas Market on which got extremely busy as it was confined to a small area. The bus tour was very informative and showed areas we wouldn't have got too. The walking is a little bit hard but enjoyable. The bus tour gave us an idea of how big the city was and were we went back too. Great audio guidance too in many languages. I wouldn't advice jumping on and off bus as it was extremely busy, hence we stay on the whole tour then went back for the walk, by which time things had settled down. We found a lovely Italian restaurant Mamas, below the castle, well recommend. HMY Brittania well worth a visit, beautiful vessel to look round and good audio description each for everyone. We will return as not long enough to see everything we wanted.

Coral
Coral United Kingdom
10

The zoo is incredible, but the red pandas can be very fickle.

December 5, 2022

The zoo is incredible, but the red pandas can be very fickle. A bit pretentious that they wouldn't come down from their trees. I don't know how that little kid managed to get into their habitat, but boy was I jealous!!! Next time I'm going to try to take at least 1-2 home with me (red pandas not kids)!!!!!

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redpandaluvr69 United Kingdom

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