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The ‘Athens of the North’ is an excellent choice for a traveller seeking variety.  Edinburgh is a bustling city, full of history, with countryside tranquillity on its doorstep.

Scotland’s cultured capital has it all. It is an ancient and modern city with an array of great festivals, museums, galleries, parks, gardens, pubs, restaurants and a very famous castle.

Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most famous and most-visited landmark. Sitting high on volcanic Castle Rock, it can be seen from the Old Town and New Town. It dates back to the 12th-century and is still in use today. Walk up to the esplanade via the cobbled streets of the Royal Mile for an appreciation of old Edinburgh. If tartan tourism appeals this is also the place to indulge.

While in the neighbourhood, make a booking at the enchanting Witchery by the Castle restaurant, set in a 16th-century underground building. It takes its name from the many women burned at the stake on Castlehill. These days, the steak tartare is better known.

Downhill from the Castle you’ll find the lively Grassmarket area. Walk down colourful Victoria Street to experience city’s unique structure. Here you’ll find independent shops, bars and restaurants. One thing you’ll notice about this city is the versatile range of drinking and dining options. There is something for all tastes in Edinburgh.

Winding away from the Old Town, via the city Mound, head towards Prince’s Street for a stunning view across to the New Town. Below the Mound sits the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy, which attracts some internationally esteemed exhibitions throughout the year.

From the Mound you can see the gothic Scott Monument, which pays tribute to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Ascend the 200 feet (61 metres) tall tower for panoramic views of the city centre.

The Monument is a good reference point. It sits on Princes Street, along from the tourist office, Balmoral Hotel, Waverley Train Station and by Princes Street Gardens. The Gardens date back to the 18th-century and were created after the draining of former Nor Loch, located here. In summer, it is a great place to relax.

On the other side of Princes Street, sits the New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the mid-17th century. Here you’ll find Edinburgh’s elegant Georgian architecture, art galleries, independent shops, bars and cafes. If you take a closer look you might spot former homes of Edinburgh’s literary heroes, JM Barrie and Robert-Louis Stevenson, who once lived here.

Edinburgh has much to offer in and around the city, which extends to the bohemian Shore area, where the Royal Yacht Britannia rests. Take a bus tour before settling on your favourite area to relax and sample a whisky.

Don’t forget to check out the festival calendar before you visit. August is Edinburgh’s biggest festival season.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Old Town showing heritage elements and street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,168 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Royal Mile to Grassmarket – discover Old Town, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Old Town
Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Haymarket

4.5/5Wonderful!(22 area reviews)

Get to know Haymarket by checking out its museums, restaurants and shopping. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Edinburgh Castle or George Street during your time in the area.

Haymarket
Edinburgh which includes night scenes and heritage architecture

New Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,225 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of New Town is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Princes Street and George Street.

New Town
West End, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

West End

4/5Very Good!(668 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Princes Street to Edinburgh Gin Distillery – discover West End, a destination also famous for its shopping.

West End
Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Newington

4.5/5Wonderful!(272 area reviews)

Historical sites, museums and cafes are just a few things travellers enjoy about Newington. Check out Royal Commonwealth Pool or Queen's Hall while you're exploring the area.

Newington
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Portobello

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Visitors to Portobello enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Portobello Beach is worth a stop.

Portobello

Top hotels in Edinburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £57 per night

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Mile, St. Giles' Cathedral and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,011 reviews)

"The location and rooms.very refined and upmarket great facilities."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £93 per night

This family-friendly Kirknewton hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho and Heriot Watt University. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,563 reviews)
So helpful

"when my flight from Edinburgh to New York was cancelled the staff were extrodinarily helpful. They tried for hours to help me get a flight back home. When they had to leave to attend to something else they came back and checked on my progress. They were supportive and kind in a time that was very ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is £51 per night

Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Royal Mile are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh Haymarket ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (393 reviews)

"Our 1st hotel stay since covid & was not dissapointed, hand sanatizer station as u walk in, reception area was clean, receptionist friendly & helpful, We had a queen room booked, again super clean really could not find a fault. Bed was super comfortable loved the sit up function. if anything the ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

YOTEL Edinburgh

Popular places to visit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(1,009 reviews)

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.

Royal Mile
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Royal Mile

4.5/5(575 reviews)

Explore this area in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town to find ancient buildings, historic relics, shops, museums and range of dining options.

University of Edinburgh
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University of Edinburgh

4.5/5(233 reviews)

The campus of Edinburgh's venerable educational institution is spread seamlessly around the architecture of the city and opens to the public during year-round events.

Princes Street
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Princes Street

4.5/5(628 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Princes Street, a favourite shopping spot in Edinburgh. Experience the entertainment choices and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo

4.5/5(204 reviews)

See rare and endangered species and learn about the efforts to conserve them at Edinburgh’s largest wildlife attraction.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

4/5(11 reviews)

Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a popular theatre with a rich history in Edinburgh. Add the area's notable monuments or shops to your travel plans.

Top things to do in Edinburgh

Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Glen Coe, Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

£57
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Ticket to The Royal Yacht Britannia
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Skip-the-Line Ticket to The Royal Yacht Britannia

£17
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

£27
Per adult
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

£16
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£16
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh Dining with Priority Seating

£19
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Edinburgh

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Mar 2020

Great for shopping attractions and food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Love Edinburgh!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

would recommend the hop on hop off city tour buses great value,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Good place to stay at Edinburgh airpoft

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

Had dinner at no 11 Brasserie and it was lovely food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Too many begging people on pavements

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