Edinburgh Travel Guide


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    Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is full of smokestacks and chimneys, which earned it the moniker of Auld Reekie. This chilly and windy city is also known as the Athens of the North because many of its landmarks and buildings have classical Greco-Roman architecture. Through the years, Edinburgh ...

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Hotels in Edinburgh (353 Hotels) See All Edinburgh Hotels

  • The Atholl

    The Atholl is one of the ideal, finest places to remain in Edinburgh. Beautifully placed close to Canning Street Yoga, Physis and Thompson's Bar, Edinburgh, The Atholl is...

  • The Inverleith Hotel

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  • Merchiston Residence

    Merchiston Residence is one of the best, finest places to stay in Edinburgh. Perfectly found near Napier Uni Student Bar, Guilty By Design and Coco of Bruntsfield, Merchi...

  • Hampton Hotel

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  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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  • Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh

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    Holyrood Park

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  • Holyrood Park

    Holyrood Park

    1 Queens Drive

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  • Old Town, Edinburgh

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About Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, is full of smokestacks and chimneys, which earned it the moniker of Auld Reekie. This chilly and windy city is also known as the Athens of the North because many of its landmarks and buildings have classical Greco-Roman architecture. Through the years, Edinburgh has been a proud home of historic castles, monuments, museums, heritage sites, gardens, pubs and many more.

Must-See Attractions

Take your family to see over a thousand animals, especially the celebrity giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang, at the Edinburgh Zoo. Then, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the beautiful landscapes of the Royal Botanic Garden. If you're up to a little adventure, then seek out the hidden gems of Edinburgh, such as the 17th century garden down Dunbar's Close or the Archivist's Garden at the heart of Scotland's People Centre. Lastly, take a wild ride through the Edinburgh Dungeon where they tell stories from Scotland's dark past that range from the shocking cannibalism of Sawny Bean to the heroic exploits of William Wallace. Local thespians act out the scenes with special effects and riveting performances.

Things To Do

After sightseeing around the city, take a break and go shopping for souvenirs, upmarket merchandise and more around Princes Street. Sports fans will love watching a ball game or two at The Meadows. Explore the rest of Edinburgh's West End Village where its cobbled streets and age-old alleys lead to stylish boutiques, coffee shops, fine dining restaurants, art galleries, bookstores and so much more.

Meanwhile, visit a real castle on top of an extinct volcano and watch a soldier fire the world's oldest cannon at Salisbury Crays. Take an engaging tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Throne Room and the Royal Apartments, including Mary Queen of Scot's Chambers. Check out the Museum of Childhood as well as the fascinating streets of the Real Mary King's Close built in the 17th century beneath the city's Royal Mile.

Annual Events

Festival season runs from late July to early September each year in Edinburgh. They celebrate the Mardi Gras at the Grassmarket district and the Carnival at the Princes Street Gardens. The most popular of these events is the Fringe Festival, which happens in August and boasts of almost 50,000 performances of cabaret shows, dances, musicals, theater acts, exhibitions and more in around 300 venues. Other annual events include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Hogmanay, and International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Basic Visitor Info

Let Edinburgh's five-passenger black cabs and 24-hour buses take you elsewhere in the city. You can also take the tram for a pleasurable view of the city's historic streets. For destinations outside of Edinburgh and all over UK, board the railways at Haymarket or Waverly Station and enjoy a comfortable train ride.

It's not easy to forget the wonderful city of Edinburgh; it is simply teeming with culture, music, art and history that a single visit isn't enough to cover everything. You and your family are surely welcome to explore Scotland's capital and its many treasures again and again.

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