Edinburgh Holidays

Your Edinburgh holiday

Since the Bronze Age, humans have inhabited the area that is now Edinburgh, which began as a fort in the 7th century. The English took control in AD 638. It wasn’t until AD 950 that the Scots finally re-captured Edinburgh.

The city was a growing community by the 12th century. During the Middle Ages, Edinburgh gained fame for making wool cloth, but constantly suffered from fighting between the English and Scots. In the 1490s, King James IV moved the Royal Court to Holyrood, and Edinburgh became the national capital. In the 17th century, the English continued to invade and outbreaks of the plague in 1604 and 1645 killed many, but somehow Edinburgh kept growing. Finally, in 1707, Scotland and England became politically united by the Act of Union.

In 1767, the city was extremely overcrowded, prompting the Lord Provost to hold a competition for the best design plans for New Town, to be built to the north. James Craig won. Throughout the 18th century, the city was the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and famed throughout Europe. It emerged as a major cultural and intellectual centre, boasting the minds and talents of David Hume, Adam Smith and Sir Walter Scott, among others.

Edinburgh industrialised during the 19th century, but Glasgow outpaced it in growth, becoming the country’s largest city. However, in the 20th century, tourism emerged as a lucrative industry. This has been helped by the city’s raised profile as Scotland has increased its political autonomy. In 2002, the country formed a delegated parliament, which congregates in the new parliament building in Edinburgh, next to Holyrood Palace.

Spend a weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland’s enchanting capital city. Rolling green hills in the countryside and miles of coastline offer spectacular views for picnics and long walks in the fresh air.

Play on famous golf courses, visit historic castles and sample the many bars, restaurants and shops. In the heart of the city, notice the medieval Old Town, Georgian New Town, and modern architecture dramatically juxtaposed. Get a flight to Edinburgh and soak up its history, culture, and natural charms.

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Ritz Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews
Ritz Hotel was originally built as a town house in the 1860s right on the edge of Edinburgh's historic New Town in the heart of the city. After a spell housing the Scottish Coal Board the building was converted into a boutique Hotel by Mrs Elizabeth Paterson. She worked extremely hard for almost 50 years seeing the Hotel through the good times and the bad. With an eclectic taste and an eye for detail she decorated every area in its own unique style much of which can still be seen today. The Ritz was one of the first hotels in the city to offer all guests an en suite facility. Every effort has been made to retain the original features including the beautiful cornices rose crowns and staircases whilst simultaneously providing guests with all necessary mod-cons. Handed down through the family the Ritz is undergoing a new lease of life through the eyes of Betty's Grand-daughter Holly and her husband Chris. The emphasis is very much on keeping an individual and unique touch and real focus on good old fashioned hospitality as has always been the way. Betty's bar is the perfect place for a relaxing drink after a long journey or a hard day's work (be it sight seeing or business meetings). They look forward to welcoming you through the door soon... *Please be aware that due to technical difficulties they are currently unable to accept offline card payments.They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.* Holly & Chris. There are some wonderful attractions for you to experience plus you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities and masses of events and daily activities throughout the year. Family Room with one double bed and one twin bed.
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The Place

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews
Awarded "The Rising Star City Hotel" at the Scottish Hotel Awards, The Place is one of the most exciting hotels in Edinburgh - definitely the Place to be! A stunning Georgian townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh's city centre is modern and stylish where contemporary design and flair meets the the needs of the modern day traveller. Located close to the Playhouse Theatre and the fashionable shopping district, The Place is the perfect choice for a city break in Edinburgh. The comfortable rooms and suites are complemented by a seriously chic restaurant with fantastic food and modern bar - what more could you need?
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Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

3 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Hospitable classic-style hotel with contemporary features in Edinburgh The Old Waverley Hotel is on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street, in the heart of the fashionable West End and New Town with excellent views over Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh Castle. This site has housed a hotel since the first half of the 19th century and is much a part of Edinburgh's history as Princes Street itself. All rooms offer contemporary features while retaining traditional levels of comfort and style, as expected of such a famous Scottish Hotel. HighlightsOverlooks Princes Street and GardensRestaurant plus bar with attractive Edinburgh viewsFree Wi-Fi access in lounge RoomsOld Waverley Hotel has 85 rooms, with many featuring stunning views over Princes Street Gardens and toward Edinburgh Castle. The hotel has a history dating back to the early 19th century, bur all bedrooms are furnished to contemporary standards to suit business and leisure travelers. Single, double, twin, premium, and family rooms all include private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, hospitality tray, interactive television, Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies), tea and coffee-making facilities. 24-hour room service, and same-day laundry and valet service. Features Cranston's Restaurant inside the hotel has been fully refurbished and offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere along with striking views of the city. Diners can select a two- or three-course lunchtime special or three-course dinner or select from the menus, featuring Scottish fare and local produce. Abbotsford Room Bar and Lounge is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bright, airy room offers stunning panoramic views over Prices Street, the Gardens, and Edinburgh Castle and is a fine meeting place for drinks, light snacks, more substantial bar meals, or a traditional Scottish afternoon tea. TransportationWaverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Nearby attractionsPrinces Street Gardens (just outside)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.8 mi/1.28 km)Usher Hall (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Edinburgh Castle (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Dynamic Earth (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Edinburgh Zoo (4 mi/6.4 km) BusinessWi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies)Charlotte square business district (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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King James by Thistle

4 stars
3.6 / 5 22 reviews
4-star hotel near Waverley Station The 4-star King James Hotel, near Princes Street and less than half a mile (0.7 km) from Waverley Station, offers easy access to Edinburgh's main shopping thoroughfare. Attractions include the Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, picturesque Old and New Towns, and Festival Theatre. Guests enjoy meals at two on-site venues, the Boston Bean bar or Craig's Restaurant. Highlights4-star hotel close to business and tourist districtsChoice of bar or restaurant Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) Rooms King James offers 143 non-smoking rooms and suites with modern amenities, graded at four levels: standard, deluxe, executive, and suites. Rooms feature complimentary toiletries, direct dial telephone, flat-screen LCD television, refreshment tray, trouser press, and work desk. All rooms feature an in-room safe, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Special rates and packages are often available for sporting or cultural events. Business travelers can choose from seven conference rooms. The Lothian room accommodates up to 250 people and offers theatre seating. Features The Boston Bean bar, located on the hotels' third floor, serves a variety of drinks, snacks, and light meals in informal surroundings. Craig's Restaurant offers Scottish and European dishes and friendly service in a relaxed contemporary setting. Room service is also available 24 hours per day. Transportation Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/470 m)Edinburgh Airport (6.9 mi/11.1 km) Nearby attractions Princes Street (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Old Town (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Easter Road Stadium (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Arthur's Seat (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Tynecastle Stadium (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Murrayfield Rugby Stadium (2.3 mi/3.7 km) Business BT Openzone Internet accessEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Business and financial district (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
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Apex City

4 stars
4.1 / 5 38 reviews
Stylishly modern deluxe hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s GrassmarketThe Apex City hotel is found in the center of Edinburgh’s fashionable Grassmarket district. The hotel features 119 stylish bedrooms, AA rosette winning Agua Restaurant, private dining, meeting, and event venues. Guests can relax and find solitude in one of the hotel’s library areas. Free wireless Internet and telephone access are available throughout. HighlightsLocated in Edinburgh’s historic yet fashionable GrassmarketAward winning seafood restaurantExcellent meeting and business facilitiesChildren under 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with two adults RoomsApex City has 119 bedrooms to choose from, all of which are non-smoking. Six different sizes of rooms are available, including city queen, city family room, and master suite. All rooms come with a bath and/or walk-in power shower, 42” LCD screen televisions with satellite channels, free wireless Internet, and free local calls. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in all rooms. Family rooms include one double bed and one sofa bed. The suite is equipped with a fridge, safe, and surround sound, as well as having an exceptional view of the castle. FeaturesAgua Restaurant, located in the hotel, is one of the best seafood restaurants in Edinburgh. It has won an AA rosette for its cuisine, which features plenty of locally sourced fish and seafood. The restaurant offers traditional meals for those who do not like fish. Vegetarian choices are also offered on the menu. Food is served from the a la carte menu at dinner and lunch. A bar menu of lighter meals, sandwiches, burgers, and snacks is available from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is open for breakfast to guests only and is open to the public from 12 p.m. every day. TransportationEdinburgh Rail Station (4 minutes by taxi)Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.3 km) Transfer bus from airport to city center Nearby attractionsEdinburgh Castle (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Scottish Parliament (1.1 mi/1.77 km)Edinburgh Zoo (3 mi/4.82 km) BusinessFree, high-speed wireless Internet accessThree medium meeting spacesDedicated event planning teamFree AV equipmentEdinburgh International Conference Centre (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
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The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.4 / 5 50 reviews
City center hotel housed in the Scotsman Newspaper’s former offices The Scotsman Newspaper's baronial offices now house one of the most stylish hotels in the city. The hotel is just a minute's stroll from both Princes Street and the Royal Mile. The Scotsman blends the efficiency of the 21st century with careful design, attention to the comfort of guests, and the best in Scottish hospitality. Novel features throughout the building create a unique experience. Highlights Historic and cultural settingCentral locationFitness and leisure facilitiesOn-site restaurant and barFree high-speed Wi-Fi RoomsThe hotel carefully preserved original features of the newspaper printing house. Each bedroom at The Scotsman is individually designed, with great attention to detail, offering the highest level of comfort. Twin, double, suite, and family rooms are available, as well as a penthouse. Egyptian cotton bedspreads, safes, privacy hatches, satellite television, DVD players, and voicemail are standard in all rooms. Guests receive a complimentary Edinburgh Monopoly board and have access to 24-hour room service. Features North Bridge Brasserie & Bar fuses grand Victorian architecture, dramatic interiors, and contemporary styling. The building, more than a century old, housed The Scotsman newspaper. The restaurant was cleverly converted from the newspaper's old reception hall, where traders and merchants would buy copies of the newspaper or place their advertising. The brasserie serves modern Scottish dishes celebrating the best of Scotland and offers a carefully planned wine and whisky list. Lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are served daily. Private dining facilities are also available. Guests have complimentary access to the hotel's spa, which features seven treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, swimming pool, and fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates. TransportationEdinburgh Airport (8.3 mi/13.35 km)Edinburgh Rail Station nearbyTransfer bus from Airport to city center Nearby attractions St. Giles Cathedral (0.2 mi/0.32 km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Scottish Parliament (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Edinburgh Zoo (3.8 mi/6.11 km) Business Eight individually styled meeting roomsFree Wi-Fi Portable CD player and flip chart with pad and pens provided free Other equipment available for hire (48 hours notice required)Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 65 reviews
This popular deluxe 4 star hotel combines the traditional with contemporary. The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is ideally located at the east end of Princes Street, close to Edinburgh's main attractions and just moments from Waverley Train Station and short walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel. All 187 bedrooms are luxurious with large comfortable beds,free WiFi, local calls, complimentary luxury Elemis toiletries, free bottled water, tea/coffee. There are 42 inch widescreen LCD TV's with Sky Sports and 24 hour room service. Elliots Bar and Restaurant has a great sense of style. Mouthwatering menus using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, offer an array of 'modern Scottish' dishes. An extensive wine list along with superb service makes Elliot's Restaurant and ideal venue for every occasion. The hotel's exclusive Yu Spa Leisure facilities include a gym with the latest Technogum equipment and an indoor swimming pool and sauna. Yu Spa also has two treatment rooms which offer a range of relaxing and rejuvenating Elemis spa treatments. Off site car parking is available and is located at Greenside Place NCP to the rear of the hotel. Guests receive 20% discount by validating their tickets at the reception before departure.
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Apex International

4 stars
4.0 / 5 49 reviews
Deluxe four-star hotel in one of Edinburgh’s trendiest districtsThe Apex International Hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, with 169 stunning luxury rooms, two restaurants (including Heights with two AA rosettes and fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle), private dining, extensive conference and event venues, and luxurious leisure facilities including pool and gym. Free wireless Internet and telephone access are available so guests can stay connected. HighlightsLocated in Edinburgh’s historic yet fashionable GrassmarketLuxury rooftop restaurant with spectacular views of Edinburgh CastleRelaxed bar and brasserieExcellent meeting and business facilitiesChildren under 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with two adults RoomsThe Apex International has 169 rooms to choose from, all of which are non-smoking. Five different styles of rooms are available, from standard city queen to deluxe king. All rooms come with at least one queen sized bed, a desk and chair, a bath and/or walk-in power shower, and are decorated with limited edition art. 42” LCD screen televisions come as standard with satellite channels. Deluxe rooms also include a balcony with views of the castle, a fridge, and a safe. Room service is available 24 hours a day. FeaturesThe hotel has two dining venues, Heights Restaurant and Metro Bar & Brasserie. Heights has an outstanding view of the Castle, balcony access, and two AA rosettes. Breakfast is served seven days a week and dinner is served Thursday-Saturday. Metro is open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Sunday. A traditional Sunday roast is served every week. The restaurants can be hired for private dining, or guests can hire one of the six other private dining venues. Yu Time leisure and fitness zone offers a state-of-the-art gym, tropicarium, and stainless steel pool. Yu Time is only available to guests and is open daily. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. TransportationEdinburgh Rail Station (4 minutes by taxi)Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.2 km)Transfer bus from airport to city center Nearby attractionsEdinburgh Castle (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)Edinburgh Old Town (0.4 mi/0.64 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.5 mi/0.8 km) BusinessFree, high-speed wireless Internet accessSeven meeting venuesDedicated event planning teamFree AV equipmentEdinburgh International Conference Centre (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
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Holyrood Aparthotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews
Walk EdinburghHolyrood apartHOTEL offers chic apartments in Edinburgh's City Centre. Holyrood is situated just off the Historic Royal Mile, which runs between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. The apartHOTEL offers an ideal tourist base from which to walk Edinburgh or for longer stays. Serviced apartments are setting the trend for independent travelers and Holyrood apartHOTEL offers space, style, and comfort in a fantastic city location. HighlightsCity center locationClose to historic Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, and Arthur’s SeatFitness roomFax, copying, printing, and free Internet access at reception RoomsThe apartHOTEL has a total of 29 apartments available, including a Penthouse suite, two executive apartments, and two disabled-access units. All suites have two bedrooms, with the choice of Queen/Queen, Queen/Twin, or Twin/Twin bed configuration. Up to five people can be accommodated in a single apartment. Kitchens are fully fitted with integrated Siemans appliances -- electric oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, and washer and dryer. LCD flat screen televisions with DVD players in the lounge, with DVD library available for loan, are also available. FeaturesComplimentary welcome continental breakfast hamper is provided for the first night -- the hamper may then be purchased daily if required. Tea, coffee, and milk are supplied, as are dishwashing tablets and washing powder. Wi-Fi Internet access is available in all rooms. The hotel features Italian tiled bathrooms throughout. The apartHOTEL features 24-hour reception -- a member of the team is always available to assist with inquiries, offer advice on Edinburgh, and make reservations for restaurants and tourist activities as required. TransportationEdinburgh Waverly rail station (0.7 mi/1.1 km, 10-minute walk, taxi is recommended if luggage-laden)Edinburgh Airport (7 mi/11 km)Airport/apartHOTEL executive transfer cars available Nearby attractionsEdinburgh Castle (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Royal Mile (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Old Town (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Queen Street Gardens (1.1 mi/1.8 km) BusinessWi-Fi in every roomFax, copying, printing, and free Internet access in reception
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Staycity Serviced Apartments - West End

4 stars
3.5 / 5 13 reviews
The Staycity Serviced Apartments West End (formerly known as StayEdinburgh West End Apartments) offer superior accommodation and convenient locations for sightseeing and enjoying all the attractions Edinburgh has to offer. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure hotel has a superb selection of one, two and four bedroom self-catering apartments to suit your needs. Providing a genuine home from home all apartments are fully furnished with TVs, sofas, fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, spacious bedrooms and more. We offer a selection of 71 one bedroom (sleeps 3 or 4), 26 two bedroom (sleeps 5 or 6),self catering apartments, which come fully furnished with bed linen and towels also provided. All apartments also come with fully-equipped kitchens, washer/dryer (in most apartments), microwave oven, TV and DVD players and lounge dining area. Please Note* A charge of 50GBP per person is applicable to Adults and children of 16 years and above (children of 15 years and under are exempt). Please be advised that only ONE cash or credit/debit card payment can be made in respect of the apartment security deposit. The apartments are very centrally located in Edinburgh City Center, just 12 mins walk from The Castle and 10 mins walk from Princes Street. If you intend to travel to the apartments by car why not leave it in our secure hotel Car Park located on site while you explore Edinburgh. We have spaces available at 12 per day. Please reserve your space at the time of booking (subject to availability). Edinburgh's West End is to the West of the Princes Street and Lothian Road intersection. Its central location means that the area has many shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as Victorian residential streets. Lothian Road hosts the Usher Hall, The Edinburgh Film-house, the Royal Lyceum and the Traverse Theatre. **Staycity Edinburgh is located in a residential area and we would ask you to please respect our guest and residents in relation to noise. Staycity Edinburgh does not accept Stag or Hen parties.
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Edinburgh Hotels

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Ritz Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 8 reviews
Ritz Hotel was originally built as a town house in the 1860s right on the edge of Edinburgh's historic New Town in the heart of the city. After a spell housing the Scottish Coal Board the building was converted into a boutique Hotel by Mrs Elizabeth Paterson. She worked extremely hard for almost 50 years seeing the Hotel through the good times and the bad. With an eclectic taste and an eye for detail she decorated every area in its own unique style much of which can still be seen today. The Ritz was one of the first hotels in the city to offer all guests an en suite facility. Every effort has been made to retain the original features including the beautiful cornices rose crowns and staircases whilst simultaneously providing guests with all necessary mod-cons. Handed down through the family the Ritz is undergoing a new lease of life through the eyes of Betty's Grand-daughter Holly and her husband Chris. The emphasis is very much on keeping an individual and unique touch and real focus on good old fashioned hospitality as has always been the way. Betty's bar is the perfect place for a relaxing drink after a long journey or a hard day's work (be it sight seeing or business meetings). They look forward to welcoming you through the door soon... *Please be aware that due to technical difficulties they are currently unable to accept offline card payments.They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.* Holly & Chris. There are some wonderful attractions for you to experience plus you can also enjoy a wide range of visitor facilities and masses of events and daily activities throughout the year. Family Room with one double bed and one twin bed.
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The Place

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews
Awarded "The Rising Star City Hotel" at the Scottish Hotel Awards, The Place is one of the most exciting hotels in Edinburgh - definitely the Place to be! A stunning Georgian townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh's city centre is modern and stylish where contemporary design and flair meets the the needs of the modern day traveller. Located close to the Playhouse Theatre and the fashionable shopping district, The Place is the perfect choice for a city break in Edinburgh. The comfortable rooms and suites are complemented by a seriously chic restaurant with fantastic food and modern bar - what more could you need?
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Old Waverley Hotel Edinburgh

3 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews
Hospitable classic-style hotel with contemporary features in Edinburgh The Old Waverley Hotel is on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street, in the heart of the fashionable West End and New Town with excellent views over Princes Street Gardens to Edinburgh Castle. This site has housed a hotel since the first half of the 19th century and is much a part of Edinburgh's history as Princes Street itself. All rooms offer contemporary features while retaining traditional levels of comfort and style, as expected of such a famous Scottish Hotel. HighlightsOverlooks Princes Street and GardensRestaurant plus bar with attractive Edinburgh viewsFree Wi-Fi access in lounge RoomsOld Waverley Hotel has 85 rooms, with many featuring stunning views over Princes Street Gardens and toward Edinburgh Castle. The hotel has a history dating back to the early 19th century, bur all bedrooms are furnished to contemporary standards to suit business and leisure travelers. Single, double, twin, premium, and family rooms all include private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, hospitality tray, interactive television, Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies), tea and coffee-making facilities. 24-hour room service, and same-day laundry and valet service. Features Cranston's Restaurant inside the hotel has been fully refurbished and offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere along with striking views of the city. Diners can select a two- or three-course lunchtime special or three-course dinner or select from the menus, featuring Scottish fare and local produce. Abbotsford Room Bar and Lounge is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bright, airy room offers stunning panoramic views over Prices Street, the Gardens, and Edinburgh Castle and is a fine meeting place for drinks, light snacks, more substantial bar meals, or a traditional Scottish afternoon tea. TransportationWaverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Nearby attractionsPrinces Street Gardens (just outside)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.8 mi/1.28 km)Usher Hall (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Edinburgh Castle (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Dynamic Earth (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Edinburgh Zoo (4 mi/6.4 km) BusinessWi-Fi and high-speed Internet access (fee applies)Charlotte square business district (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Edinburgh International Conference Centre (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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King James by Thistle

4 stars
3.6 / 5 22 reviews
4-star hotel near Waverley Station The 4-star King James Hotel, near Princes Street and less than half a mile (0.7 km) from Waverley Station, offers easy access to Edinburgh's main shopping thoroughfare. Attractions include the Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament, picturesque Old and New Towns, and Festival Theatre. Guests enjoy meals at two on-site venues, the Boston Bean bar or Craig's Restaurant. Highlights4-star hotel close to business and tourist districtsChoice of bar or restaurant Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) Rooms King James offers 143 non-smoking rooms and suites with modern amenities, graded at four levels: standard, deluxe, executive, and suites. Rooms feature complimentary toiletries, direct dial telephone, flat-screen LCD television, refreshment tray, trouser press, and work desk. All rooms feature an in-room safe, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Special rates and packages are often available for sporting or cultural events. Business travelers can choose from seven conference rooms. The Lothian room accommodates up to 250 people and offers theatre seating. Features The Boston Bean bar, located on the hotels' third floor, serves a variety of drinks, snacks, and light meals in informal surroundings. Craig's Restaurant offers Scottish and European dishes and friendly service in a relaxed contemporary setting. Room service is also available 24 hours per day. Transportation Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station (0.2 mi/470 m)Edinburgh Airport (6.9 mi/11.1 km) Nearby attractions Princes Street (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Old Town (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Easter Road Stadium (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Arthur's Seat (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Tynecastle Stadium (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Murrayfield Rugby Stadium (2.3 mi/3.7 km) Business BT Openzone Internet accessEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Business and financial district (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
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Apex City

4 stars
4.1 / 5 38 reviews
Stylishly modern deluxe hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s GrassmarketThe Apex City hotel is found in the center of Edinburgh’s fashionable Grassmarket district. The hotel features 119 stylish bedrooms, AA rosette winning Agua Restaurant, private dining, meeting, and event venues. Guests can relax and find solitude in one of the hotel’s library areas. Free wireless Internet and telephone access are available throughout. HighlightsLocated in Edinburgh’s historic yet fashionable GrassmarketAward winning seafood restaurantExcellent meeting and business facilitiesChildren under 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with two adults RoomsApex City has 119 bedrooms to choose from, all of which are non-smoking. Six different sizes of rooms are available, including city queen, city family room, and master suite. All rooms come with a bath and/or walk-in power shower, 42” LCD screen televisions with satellite channels, free wireless Internet, and free local calls. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in all rooms. Family rooms include one double bed and one sofa bed. The suite is equipped with a fridge, safe, and surround sound, as well as having an exceptional view of the castle. FeaturesAgua Restaurant, located in the hotel, is one of the best seafood restaurants in Edinburgh. It has won an AA rosette for its cuisine, which features plenty of locally sourced fish and seafood. The restaurant offers traditional meals for those who do not like fish. Vegetarian choices are also offered on the menu. Food is served from the a la carte menu at dinner and lunch. A bar menu of lighter meals, sandwiches, burgers, and snacks is available from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is open for breakfast to guests only and is open to the public from 12 p.m. every day. TransportationEdinburgh Rail Station (4 minutes by taxi)Edinburgh Airport (7.6 mi/12.3 km) Transfer bus from airport to city center Nearby attractionsEdinburgh Castle (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.4 mi/0.64 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Scottish Parliament (1.1 mi/1.77 km)Edinburgh Zoo (3 mi/4.82 km) BusinessFree, high-speed wireless Internet accessThree medium meeting spacesDedicated event planning teamFree AV equipmentEdinburgh International Conference Centre (0.8 mi/1.28 km)
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Flights

Flights to Edinburgh

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Edinburgh Sat, 10 May - Thu, 15 May £69
Manchester Edinburgh Mon, 2 Jun - Mon, 16 Jun £84
Cardiff Edinburgh Wed, 28 May - Thu, 29 May £159
Birmingham Edinburgh Mon, 2 Jun - Fri, 6 Jun £70
Barcelona Edinburgh Sun, 11 May - Thu, 15 May £112
Amsterdam Edinburgh Wed, 14 May - Sat, 17 May £101
Zurich Edinburgh Sat, 17 May - Tue, 20 May £145
Athens Edinburgh Tue, 10 Jun - Tue, 17 Jun £245
Exeter Edinburgh Tue, 3 Jun - Wed, 4 Jun £122
Bristol Edinburgh Wed, 21 May - Thu, 22 May £71
Prague Edinburgh Fri, 20 Jun - Mon, 30 Jun £168
Geneva Edinburgh Tue, 6 May - Fri, 9 May £172
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Best time to take a holiday to Edinburgh

  • Like much of Scotland, Edinburgh has a temperate climate. During December and January, temperatures can hover around freezing, and summer highs climb to about 18°C. The months of May through September have pleasant weather and are the best times to visit. If you are planning a trip in the winter, consider New Year's, and experience the Hogmanay festival, which offers live music, delicious food and dazzling fireworks. If you are visiting during the summer, the Fringe festival is celebrated in August and draws thousands of visitors to Edinburgh each year.

Edinburgh highlights

  • Experience a Cultural Festival

    Edinburgh is Europe’s premier festival city. Its calendar is always crammed with festivals and events, so visitors always have something to look forward to, such as the Snowdrop Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival.

    Taste the Finest Whisky

    Enjoy one of Scotland’s national exports during a whisky tour with Absolute Escapes. Not only will you be able to taste the best single-malt whisky in the world, the whisky trail will also expose you to beautiful countryside, historical landmarks, and stunning coastal stretches.

    Practice Your Drive at St Andrews Links

    For 600 years, golf clubs have been swinging at St. Andrews Links, the most expansive public centre for golf in Europe. The Old Course is considered to be the sport’s original home. By road, the seven golf courses that make up the Links are only an hour from Edinburgh, and the courses are bookable in advance. Host of many Open Championships, the Links have something for golfers of any level. Not a golfer? Take a guided tour of the Old Course on foot. Buy tickets from the guide on the day.

    Go Shopping

    Edinburgh offers eclectic options for shopping. Princes Street is where you will find standard ‘High Street’ labels, while the West End is full of trendy boutiques. New Town will spoil you with its assortment of designer labels, most of which can be found on Multrees Walk. The country’s only Harvey Nichols store is located next to Multrees Walk. If you would rather hunt for vintage treasures, try WM Armstrong & Son in the Grassmarket.

    Take a Ghost Tour

    Learn about Edinburgh’s dark past while you visit the most ghost-ridden locations in Old Town, accompanied by spooky stories and eerie subterranean vaults. Mercat Tours provides tours year round.

    Ballooning

    See Edinburgh from a different perspective with Alba Ballooning. It provides balloon flights over Edinburgh, Fife, the Lothians, and the Scottish Borders. Flights are about an hour long, and can be enjoyed with champagne.

Top Edinburgh attractions

  • Edinburgh Castle

    It is the most famous of the castles here. Learn about its unique architectural history, dating from the 12th century (St. Margaret’s Chapel), to the early 20th (the Scottish National War Memorial). Be sure not to miss features such as the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, and the One o’Clock Gun. Audio tours are available in eight languages.

    The Georgian House

    Part of Robert Adam’s impressive Charlotte Square, the Georgian House dates from 1796 and reconstructs 18th-century life in upscale New Town. Visitors can see how the house’s exquisite china, beautiful paintings and furniture echo the domestic and social conditions of the era.

    National Library of Scotland

    Don’t miss this research library’s major exhibition every summer. If you can’t visit during summer though, you can still enjoy the year-round events programme as well as smaller exhibitions and educational activities. Admission free.

    Belhaven Bay

    This award-winning beach within the John Muir Country Park sprawls from Belhaven to the north of the River Tyne. It is a perfect setting for long strolls—walk along the cliff-top near Dunbar and pass the harbour and castle ruins—as well as sunbathing and picnics. Look for the new interpretation centre and town house museum as well.

    Edinburgh Zoo

    This leading world zoo houses 1,000+ unique animals from all over the planet and provides them with the highest level of physical and behavioural care. Check out the new, state-of-the-art habitat for chimpanzees, the UK’s only koalas, and the famous Penguin Parade. Guaranteed to keep children delighted for hours, the zoo also boasts play areas, a gift shop, and restaurants.

    Nelson Monument

    The architect Robert Burn designed this monument in the early 19th century in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson’s death and victory at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar. The breathtaking views of the city make it worth climbing up to the monument’s perch atop Calton Hill.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    Located on Market Street, this popular attraction is known for its talented performers, traditional pipers and spectacular fireworks.

    Arthur's Seat

    Enjoy the great outdoors, and escape the busy city life. Climb to the top to take in the views, and be sure to pack a picnic lunch.

    Camera Obscura

    With hands-on illusions, tricks and a shrinking room, this attraction offers an experience unlike any other.

    Holyrood Park

    Head to this outdoor space when the weather is warm to feed the swans or simply stroll the grounds.

    Xtreme Karting Edinburgh

    Thrill-seekers and children alike will enjoy racing around this track. Parents can enjoy a snack or cup of coffee in the lounge area while the little ones play.

    Royal Museum

    This museum has several floors to explore. Spend the day enjoying art deco and art nouveau pieces in this free museum.

    Old Town

    This is Edinburgh's oldest neighbourhood. Browse the small shops that line the streets, or grab a brew at one of the quaint pubs.

    Royal Mile

    With street performers, dining establishments and shops, this is one of the busiest streets in the city.

    The Dome

    An opulent crystal chandelier greets visitors who come to this upscale bar. Visit on Sunday, and enjoy the live jazz.

    Hairy Coo Tour

    This free wilderness tour offers a unique way to experience the city.

Edinburgh holiday travel tips

  • Airport

    Edinburgh Airport is easily accessible from overseas and everywhere in the UK by various means of transport.

    The airport lacks its own train station, but the two main stations in Edinburgh are, at least, conveniently located on bus routes to the airport.

    Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from the airport without a lot of stress. There are hundreds of taxi companies in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

    The #100 bus is a shuttle that connects the airport to the city (near the train and bus stations). It runs 24/7, departing every ten minutes during peak hours, and every half hour during non-peak hours.

    Getting Around Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is smallish, and walking is an easy way to see the central areas. The city also has a network of local bus services. A Lothian Buses Day Ticket allows you unlimited trips in and around the city.

    Edinburgh is also accommodating to cyclists. There are some steep hills, but at peak hours, cyclists can share lanes with the city buses in the vicinity of the centre of the city. If you prefer to avoid traffic, there is a network of cycle routes where cars are not allowed, usually running along old railroad lines. The campaign group Spokes has great maps of those routes. You can take your bike on trains for free, but many routes require reservations in advance, so don’t forget to book ahead.

    If travelling by rail, be sure to buy your train ticket at the station—they’re more expensive on the train.

    Check out our car hire in Edinburgh offers.

Insider tips for Edinburgh travel

  • Chocolate Tree

    Sample handmade chocolates at this charming café on Bruntsfield Place.

    Bannerman's

    A favourite of the locals, this venue is known for its live music and diverse clientele.

    The Westroom

    This casual eatery has cozy, oversized chairs and a warm atmosphere.

    Bon Papillon

    Discover this darling café, and enjoy fresh, homemade cake and a hot cup of tea.

    Dominion Cinema

    Take in a film or two in this retro-style theatre. With four screens and reclining armchairs with footrests, this cinema is a great place to kick up your feet and relax.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

  • New Town

    The Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel offers the epitome of luxury. It is among the oldest inns in Edinburgh, but all 198 bedrooms have recently been renovated. Enjoy vistas of Edinburgh Castle and the Charlotte Square gardens, as well as amenities such as a health club, pool, and spa services.

    The Howard Hotel might be small, but you can expect to be pampered like a guest at a private mansion. The five-star hotel has 18 uniquely designed bedrooms, all recently renovated. An attentive butler will attend to you from arrival until departure, and there is also a babysitting service.

    West End

    The Bonham Hotel is an award-winning lodging. The lovely Victorian townhouse is only a short walk from many superb shops and the financial district. There are 48 bedrooms, including luxury suites and deluxe superior rooms. The restaurant is one of Edinburgh’s most excellent contemporary dining spots, featuring a European-inspired menu. The hotel also boasts a permanent collection of artwork.

    The West End Hotel is a comfortable, fashionable hotel just a brief amble from Princes Street and numerous other tourist attractions. Expect the customer service and cleanliness to be of a superb grade. The rooms are inviting and contemporary, with brand-new LCD television sets and en suite bathrooms. There is, however, no lift available.

    For more choice, check out for a hotel in Edinburgh among our offers!

Edinburgh restaurants

  • Blue (10 Cambridge Street) has the same head chef as the award-winner Atrium, but it is more moderately priced. Blue uses seasonal ingredients from the area, which makes dishes such as pan-fried mackerel—with fennel, orange, and toasted almonds—and whisky-cured salmon even more delectable.

    The Grain Store (30 Victoria Street) features upscale traditional Scottish fare. The rustic Old Town restaurant is characterised by worn wood and raw stone lit by candlelight. The owner, Carlo Coxon, is adventurous with his cooking (the menu includes seared pigeon and ox tongue) and uses only the best local meat and produce.

    Kitchin (78 Commercial Quay) is a chic restaurant on Edinburgh’s waterfront. Its French-influenced menu is full of local produce and meat and seasonal dishes. Popular dishes include roast lamb loin with Szechwan pepper, and the tartar of mackerel with beet and cucumber dressing. The restaurant also offers a surprise tasting menu for more adventurous diners.

    The Witchery by the Castle (Boswell Court) serves upscale Scottish food that features lobster and oysters caught locally, and Angus beef. With specialties such as pan-roasted monkfish, this eatery is ideal for late dinners and special occasions.

    Fishers Bistro (1 The Shore), housed in a 17th-century windmill, is a favourite for its seafood and harbour view. The menu offers locally-sourced shellfish, grilled sardines, and breaded fish cakes.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no mandatory vaccinations. However, booster injections for some common diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria are recommended. For travellers over 25 without a measles vaccination, risk should be determined on an individual basis depending on length and conditions of travel.

    Children should also receive these boosters, but earlier.

    Accidents or Health Problems

    The water in Edinburgh is potable. High-quality bottled water from some of the purest sources in Britain is also recommended and available. As a precaution, you might avoid eating too much seafood during the summer, when freshness is harder to ascertain.

    The health infrastructure is excellent. Before you leave home, acquire a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from a Social Security centre. All emergency medical examinations will then be free of charge.

    For emergencies, dial 999 for ambulances, the fire department or Emergency Rescue Service. Dial 192 for police.

    There are many pharmacies, or chemists, in the city.

    One reputable health clinic is the Bellevue Medical Centre (26 Huntingdon Place).

    Safety

    Assaults are not common, but it is wise to take precautions:

    Do not go about with a large quantity of cash or jewellery.
    Do not stroll alone after dark.
    Do not take drinks or food from strangers in bars.

    Also, make photocopies of all travel documents and keep the copies with you. Keep the originals in a secure place.

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