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Riga Holiday Guide

The city of Riga is a beautiful city with a historic old town, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Featuring historical architecture and parks, this city is also famed for its festivals and music. Riga is the capital of Latvia in the Baltics, located in the north east of Europe.

The Old Town is undoubtedly the city’s best attraction. Explore the medieval streets of this World Heritage Site and visit the Ratslaukums, the Town Hall Square right in the centre. Follow the area’s twisting cobblestone streets lead to attractions like the House of Blackheads and the Museum of the Occupation. Visit St. Peter’s Church and take the lift to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views over the city. Admire the baroque and Gothic buildings at Dome Square and enjoy a bite to eat or a drink at an outdoor café or bar.

From Dome Square, take the short walk to Livu Square, which comes alive in summer with a beer garden and riveting live outdoor entertainment. In winter, the children will love the ice skating rink here. Be sure to take a moment to relax in the tranquil Bastejkalns Park, a beautiful green space with a canal running through it. Take a moment to observe the Freedom Monument, which commemorates the soldiers that fought during the Latvian War of Independence.

Music is a big part of in Riga’s arts scene. Catch an opera or ballet performance at the Latvian National Opera or come for the RITMI Festival; an annual jazz festival, which has seen such big name performers as Bobby Darin and Robert Glasper.

Riga’s cuisine is a incredible melting pot of influences, with input from nearby German, Polish and Russian flavours. Taste big plates of piragi, the East European dumpling, or pork, cabbage and potato-inspired dishes. You‘ll find cheap fruit and vegetables, and local delicacies such as smoked eel at the Central Market. The market opened in 1930 and takes place in converted Zeppelin aircraft hangars.

The city is ideal for walking as the streets are flat. There is also a cheap public transport system, with trams, buses and trolleys stopping close to all the major sights.


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Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA

Valnu street 49, Riga
4.2
of 5, from 125 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Latvian National Opera and St John's Church. St. Peter's Church and Great Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£56
Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa

33 Kaleju Street, Riga
4.3
of 5, from 454 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St John's Church and St. Peter's Church. Great Guild Hall and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£70
Aparthotel Wooden Villa

Aparthotel Wooden Villa

Juras Street 53, Jurmala
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dzintari Forest Park and Jurmala Beach. Jurmala City Museum and Livu Aqua Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£31
Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel

Minsterejas 8/10, Riga
3.9
of 5, from 315 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Menzendorff House, St. Peter's Church, and St John's Church. Riga Cathedral and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£79
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga

Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga

55 Elizabetes Street, Riga
4.3
of 5, from 280 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Contemporary high-rise located in the heart of Riga's city center, just 400 meters (0.25 miles) from Old Town and next to Esplanade Park.

£98
Hotel Neiburgs

Hotel Neiburgs

Jauniela 25/27, Riga
4.7
of 5, from 211 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Riga History and Navigation Museum, Riga Cathedral, and Small Guild Hall. St. Peter's Church and St. Jacob's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

£47
Garden Palace Hotel

Garden Palace Hotel

28 Grecinieku Street, Riga
3.9
of 5, from 285 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Occupation Museum and St. Peter's Church. St John's Church and Small Guild Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£44
Hotel Edvards

Hotel Edvards

 45/47 Dzirnavu str., Riga
4.1
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrs, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Latvian Art Museum, Freedom Monument, and Powder Tower. Palladium and Great Guild Hall are also within 15 minutes.

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