Edinburgh

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Scotland’s capital is filled with attractive landmarks, parks and gardens, and hosts cultural festivals that draw millions of visitors each year.

Nestled beside long extinct volcanoes and built on seven hills, Edinburgh offers spectacular scenery in a rugged setting. The city itself is visually impressive with the medieval buildings of the Old Town and the wide Georgian roads and spacious homes of the New Town. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.

The city’s crowning glory and the reason for its existence is Edinburgh Castle. For hundreds of years, this fortress perched on an ancient volcano defended the city from attack.

Start your exploration of Scotland’s capital city at The Royal Mile. This series of cobblestone streets links the castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an official royal residence. Along the route you’ll come across some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Giles’ Cathedral and Parliament House.

Just a short walk away is Princes Street Gardens, which runs the length of Princes Street, the city’s main shopping area. While you are enjoying this pretty green space, visit some of its memorials and monuments including the Scott Monument. This Gothic structure was built to honor the novelist Sir Walter Scott. Its viewing galleries offer good views of the city.

Enjoy even more beautiful views from the hills that rise over the city. Hike to the summits of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and Calton Hill, which is home to a number of impressive monuments.

Veer off the beaten track and explore some of Edinburgh’s lesser-known sites. Dean Village is surrounded by countryside and is just five minutes from the city center. The port district has a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants and is also the final resting place of the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent vessel sailed the British royal family around the world for more than 40 years.

Two of the most popular months to visit Edinburgh are December and August. Overlapping arts festivals running through August include the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. December is packed with Yuletide attractions and markets, and is rounded off with one of the world’s most famous street parties: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 8DN
The price is CA $144 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,028 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, stayed here with my mum for 2 nights as we were in Edinburgh for a concert at the liquid rooms. 30 min walk which is handy. 15 mins walk between Haymarket and Waverley. Nice breakfast, clean pint. We would recommend."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4NH
The price is CA $146 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,041 reviews)
"Well designed room form maximum efficiency of space."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

YOTEL Edinburgh
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
4 out of 5
23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3BG
The price is CA $236 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (986 reviews)
"Fantastic stay at the Apex Waterloo Place. Staff were friendly and attentive, and the view from the room was great."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4JN
The price is CA $189 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (668 reviews)
"This hotel was beyond amazing. Starting with staff then check in then amazing room and location and food and drinks and best coffee ever! Loved it! Wish it was here in the States!"

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Eden Locke
Cheval Old Town Chambers
Cheval Old Town Chambers
5 out of 5
Royal Mile, 329 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PN
The price is CA $274 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the family ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,452 reviews)
"The luxury apartment was great. The staff was exceptional as well. The location was superb."

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Cheval Old Town Chambers
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1PT
The price is CA $236 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Edinburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,260 reviews)
"Very clean and pleasant hotel located 20 yards from the Royal Mile, walkable location to every main tourist attraction"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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