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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 $86 per night

Next weekend

From $115 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency £1 = $1.25
Language English
Average weekend price $153 per night
Average weekday price $148 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Lovely city, great history and architecture.

April 28, 2020

Lovely city, great history and architecture. Very compact and easy travelled on foot. Loads of great places to eat - highly recommend The Outsider. Make sure to visit the castle and go to the top of the Scott Monument!

Anonymous United Kingdom
8.0

Edinburgh has something for everyone.

April 28, 2020

Edinburgh has something for everyone. Whether you spend more time on Princes Street with modern shops or the Royal Mile with more tourist accommodations, it's lovely. There were historical places to explore as well as simple outdoor attractions such as Princes Street Garden or the Royal Botanic Gardens

Hannah
Hannah United Kingdom
10

Always love a trip to Edinburgh, such a vibrant interesting...

March 30, 2020

Always love a trip to Edinburgh, such a vibrant interesting city with lots to see and do. We visited just before Christmas so were able to wander through the Christmas market and enjoy some gluwein! We also visited Edinburgh Castle which doesn't just give amazing views over the city but also has so much of historical interest, something for everyone. A wander down the Royal Mile is always entertaining with performers and buskers on all street corners, some great shows. A wealth of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Looking forward to our next visit.

Anonymous United Kingdom
10

Edinburgh is a beautiful city with so much history...

March 19, 2020

Edinburgh is a beautiful city with so much history throughout. The city is very unique having little corridors between the buildings in addition to the normal streets. Loved those little walkways up and down the hill. I was able to travel outside of Edinburgh and it was simply beautiful everywhere. I plan on going back for 3 weeks so I can explore Scotland even more. It is absolutely beautiful.

Lisa Anne
Lisa Anne United States of America
10

My home town that I visit every year at least once!

March 17, 2020

My home town that I visit every year at least once! It is still by far my favourite city in the world by far! Everyone who goes there raves about it - the walkability, friendliness of the locals, range of restaurants, bars, parks, historical sites (think Outlander) and shopping!

Anonymous United States of America
8.0

cold, but picturesque!

March 11, 2020

cold, but picturesque! first time solo travelling - and it was a breeze! it was so simple to travel around. i highly recommend getting a Lothian day travel pass for each day of your stay (covers buses and the tram), and i believe was less than £4 per day!

Phillippa Jane
Phillippa Jane China

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