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EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Old Town which includes street scenes and heritage elements

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(288 area reviews)

Old Town is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Royal Mile and Grassmarket.

Old Town
Edinburgh which includes night scenes and heritage architecture

New Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(233 area reviews)

New Town is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Princes Street and George Street.

New Town

Top Hotels in Edinburgh

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $84 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

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! (1,030 reviews)

"Great location, very clean and neat, reception staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is CA $116 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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! (1,496 reviews)

"Very comfortable, spacious room. Great ambience throughout hotel. Excellent staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2020

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $76 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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! (412 reviews)

"Our room was comfortable and clean. However due to the covid-19 restrictions they were not able to provide daily house keeping for the room but if you needed a new towel etc you could ask for it at the 'Mission control'. The staff at mission control were very friendly and helpful. The shower was ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

YOTEL 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.

Vacation Rentals in Edinburgh

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $84 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

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! (1,030 reviews)

"Great location, very clean and neat, reception staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $106 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in New Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (533 reviews)

"We loved our stay - stylish apartment and central location in Edinburgh. Our room on the fourth floor had scenic views and a nice touch that we received complimentary bottle of wine as I mentioned during booking that the trip was to celebrate a birthday. We arrived late evening and appreciated the ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Eden Locke
Mode Edinburgh
Mode Edinburgh
3.5 out of 5
74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (540 reviews)

"Great service, excellent cleanliness and great processes during the Coronavirus. Really great stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Mode 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.

Popular places to visit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle

4.5/5(388 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(108 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(59 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.

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

CA $85
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission
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Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle Admission

CA $56
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Edinburgh Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

CA $27
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands Full-Day Tour

CA $99
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch
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Loch Ness Explorer Full-Day Tour with Packed Lunch

CA $94
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

CA $26
Per adult

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