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Edinburgh Old Town oozes mystery. Its cobbled “wynds” (narrow alleyways) entice and delight with unexpected nooks and crannies that urge you to explore. In the town that spawned Stevenson’s “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, let Grassmarket’s cosy pubs bring out the bard in you. To unravel the ghostly tales behind Old Town’s hidden gems, join a guided tour.
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0.5 miles from downtown
Don’t be fooled by the name – New Town’s not that new. But its open spaces and elegant Georgian façades stand in stark contrast to the scrunched mediaeval maze of Old Town. Hidden behind neo-classical columns, New Town’s flats are among the city’s most sought after. If you fancy going the full Scottish, pick up a bespoke kilt from 21st Century Kilts.
Places to stay from $19 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
West End’s all about performance. This district’s chock-full of theatres, cinemas and concert venues. It really comes into its own during August’s Fringe Festival, when you can barely walk for grinning street comics or touts thrusting flyers into your hand. Need a break from the theatricality? Slip into Caley Sample Rooms for an off-stage brew.
Places to stay from $48 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
Hay ho, let’s go! Commuters zoom in and out of Edinburgh’s central business district in a whirl of brogues and briefcases. On match days, you’ll see (and hear) rugby fans bustle their way to iconic Murrayfield Stadium. There’s plenty to please foodies, too – from First Coast’s Scottish fare to Lovecrumbs’ exceedingly good cakes.
Places to stay from $30 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
Bruntsfield’s a leafy district where students eat, drink and sleep. On sunny days, grab a corner-shop beer and join the fresh-faced crowds in The Meadows Park, where you’ll find picnics, frisbees and sun cream galore. Head to funky gastro-pub Blackbird for Sunday brunch, before stopping off at Cameo Cinema’s cosy bar for a pre-film pint.
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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||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||April-June|
|Local currency||£1 = $1.25|
|Average weekend price||$153 per night|
|Average weekday price||$148 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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