From ghost hunts in ancient alleys to designer shopping in Princes Street, Edinburgh is a diverse and exciting destination...
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is famous for its Royal Mile, which connects two of the city's most important attractions: Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The city also hosts the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has Murrayfield, the home of Scottish Rugby.
As well as attractions such as the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you can visit lovely Princes Street Gardens, a public park set in a valley between the Old and New Towns. The gardens sit in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, which is another popular destination for visitors.
Edinburgh city centre is within easy reach of many Scottish attractions. If you want to experience fresh air, healthy exercise and the beautiful countryside around Edinburgh, go hiking or mountain biking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park, just outside the city. The Royal Yacht Britannia, now a museum, is moored at Leith, just a mile from the city centre. And if you fancy a trip further afield, Glasgow is less than 50 miles west of Edinburgh and Loch Ness is about 100 miles to the north.
Staying in hotels in Edinburgh city centre gives you fast and easy access to the best of this glorious capital. Create perfect short breaks in Edinburgh on TravelSupermarket when you use our super search and price-comparison powers to find cheap Edinburgh flights and hotels.
Most of the festivals for which Edinburgh is famous, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Art and Comedy Festival and, of course, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, take place during the summer months. So book hotels in Edinburgh well in advance of travel if you plan to visit in summer. The same can be said for New Year breaks in Edinburgh, when demand for hotels and prices rise steeply.
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Stay in Old Town, New Town, or on the city outskirts – there are lots of hotels in Edinburgh to choose from…
Edinburgh hotels are spread throughout the city, with all the major hotel chains, including Best Western, Hilton, Marriot and Sheraton, represented.
However, the main highlights of Edinburgh are located mostly in the compact city centre, so picking a centrally located hotel is wise if you don’t want the hassle of driving or using public transport.
Stay in New Town hotels for fine Georgian splendour and quick access to the shops, restaurants and bars of this part of the city, home to the shopping paradise of Princes Street and the Queen Street Gardens.
The Old Town contains the famous Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, making it a prime spot for sightseeing and stays in historic hotels. The West End is also a central spot and is the beating cultural heart of Edinburgh, with many museums and theatres among the Georgian terraces.
If you're on a budget or booking at the last minute, university halls of residence, such as Pollock Halls, offer affordable bed and breakfast accommodation. There are many self-catering apartments available too, even in prime city-centre spots. Further cheap hotels in Edinburgh can be booked on the main road that runs between the city and Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Airport shuttle buses and local buses run along this stretch frequently, making staying a little way out of town a reasonable option.
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There are many highlights to this beautiful and ancient city, from great testaments to times gone by to modern family pleasers…
Top five attractions
Impressive Edinburgh Castle is a must-see when visiting the city. Check out the rooms of the Royal Palace, St Margaret's Chapel, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
The National Museum of Scotland
With the life-sized skeleton cast of a tyrannosaurus rex, the 100-year old planetarium and many artefacts from around the globe, the National Museum of Scotland is an interesting and informative day out.
More than 1,000 animals, as well as attractions, events and activities, make Edinburgh Zoo one of the city’s best-loved tourist attractions.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Established in 1670, Edinburgh's beautiful botanic gardens let visitors escape the hubbub of the city within more than 70 acres of landscaped gardens and glasshouses. The gardens are on the north side of New Town, just 30 or so minutes on foot from central locations.
Mary King's Close
Visit the eerie underground streets of Mary King's Close, underneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Myth and mystery surround these 400-year-old streets and a costumed guide will take you on a tour of this dark and shadowy world.
The city hosts a packed and varied cultural calendar. It is essential to book Edinburgh hotels well in advance of these popular events…
Edinburgh International Festival; August-September; throughout the city: Soak up the unique and vibrant atmosphere that infiltrates the city around this time and experience opera, music, theatre and dance. Running alongside the festival, the famous Edinburgh Fringe brings thousands of shows to a variety of venues, from theatres and castles to schools and toilets (yes, really).
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; August: Part of the Edinburgh International Festival, this event is always a sell-out, so act fast! From the stirring sound of pipes and drums to the arresting visuals courtesy of dancers, uniformed troops, lights and fireworks, you’ll soon understand why tickets are snapped up so quickly.
Hogmanay; December 31; city centre: If you're looking for the ultimate New Year's Eve party then you won't go wrong with Hogmanay in Edinburgh. This three-day celebration includes a torchlight procession, ceilidh, street party and spectacular fireworks display.