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.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
4 out of 5
1 Morrison Link, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $100 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Haymarket, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Princes Street, and Usher Hall. George Street ...
4/5Very Good! (982 reviews)
"great stay, showe gel empty however"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundable
The price is CA $144 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in New Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Princes Street, Royal Mile, and Princes Street Gardens. Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (773 reviews)
"Clean, friendly, quiet"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
3.5 out of 5
18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $131 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this hotel is steps from Princes Street, Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Dungeon. The Hub and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (928 reviews)
"We definitely come back. Staff was really friendly special cleaner lady with tattoos, receptionist and Bartender. Great location."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
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Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $142 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in New Town, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps from Charlotte Square, Princes Street, and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (584 reviews)
"The property was spotlessly clean, spacious, comfortable and the staff were very helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Eden Locke
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Fraser Suites Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Fraser Suites Edinburgh, 12 - 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $173 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Giles' Cathedral and Princes Street Gardens. Greyfriars Kirk and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,169 reviews)
"Location fantastic. Rooms need refreshing though as are showing signs of wearing."

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2021

Fraser Suites Edinburgh
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
5 out of 5
42 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is CA $256 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in New Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Multrees Walk, Princes Street, and George Street. Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Mile are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (440 reviews)
"The Cheval Edinburgh Grand is a gorgeous hotel, centrally located for easy access to all the sites. The staff are caring and helpful. Anna was especially helpful. We had to move several times because the hotel was busy during the fringe festival. But we ended up in the penthouse suite, which was ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 6, 2021

Cheval The Edinburgh Grand
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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