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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Edinburgh Holidays

Edinburgh First

3 stars
4.0 / 5 11 reviews
Pollock Halls offers 2* accommodation in Edinburgh to suit every budget and purpose, whether you're coming to the city on holiday, for business or as part of a group visit. Pollock Halls is seasonal campus accommodation located at the foot of Holyrood Park, and offers safe & affordable bed and breakfast accommodation over the University's summer vacation, with over 2000 rooms available. There is a vast range of room-types, including single standard (with shared bathroom facilities), single en-suite and twin en-suite rooms. Shared pantry facilities in each building include toaster, microwave, fridge, ironing board and iron and fridge; hairdryers are available at the main reception centre. Shared laundry facilities are also available in some buildings. Full Scottish breakfast is included in the price, and is served in the John McIntyre Centre in the heart of the private campus grounds. Light meals can also be taken in the bar, and there is an on-site shop and ATM available for use by all guests. Complimentary cabled internet access is available in all bedrooms and wireless internet access is available in some public areas. Free (limited) parking is available on-site, and guests will benefit from the 24-hour reception. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from the city-centre and Waverley train station, as well as many of Edinburgh's popular tourist attractions. It is also just 5 minutes' walk to Holyrood Park, and Arthur's Seat, an ideal location for walking, with beautiful views over Edinburgh.
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The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 20 reviews
Explore heritage-rich Edinburgh while staying at this stylish boutique hotelHoused in a beautiful Georgian Terrace, The Place welcomes discerning business and leisure travelers with chic accommodations in the heart of downtown Edinburgh. This privately owned boutique hotel effortlessly combines historic ambiance with modern design and conveniences. At The Place, diners can enjoy delectable breakfast items and scrumptious dishes from the in-house restaurant. Guests can have nightcaps at the cocktail bar. Pre-theater dinner and pre- and post-theater drinks are on offer, ideal since this sophisticated hotel is a short stroll from Edinburgh Playhouse. The Place also provides complimentary Wi-Fi access, limited off-site parking spaces at cost (upon request at the time of booking), and a Rolls Royce Phantom for executive transport (additional charge). No lift is available on site.From The Place, tourists can wander around the downtown area and check out historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and shopping and entertainment opportunities. Vacationers can venture to the Royal Mile or take photos while discovering the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. 3 Reasons To Stay:Centrally located in downtown Edinburgh and near the theater and shopping districtsFree Wi-Fi accessOn-site restaurant and cocktail bar The Place RoomsPatrons at The Place can choose among the 47 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, each reflecting different character and design. All of the stylish units echo an inviting atmosphere and equipped with amenities for a more convenient stay. Some units come with coffee-making facilities, telephone, and TV.  Things To Do:Edinburgh Playhouse (0.2 mi / 0.32 km)Princes Street (0.2 mi / 0.32 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.3 mi / 0.48 km)Scottish National Gallery (0.4 mi / 0.72 km)St Giles' Cathedral (0.5 mi / 0.80 km)National Museum of Scotland (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Our Dynamic Earth (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Royal Lyceum Theatre (0.9 mi / 1.44 km)King's Theatre (1.1mi / 1.76 km)Holyrood Park (1.3 mi / 2.08 km)
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King James by Thistle

4 stars
3.7 / 5 31 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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Jurys Inn Edinburgh

3 stars
3.8 / 5 34 reviews
Value and comfort by Edinburgh?s Royal MileJurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. This hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Business travelers appreciate that the hotel is within easy reach of the International Conference Centre. Tourists are pleased to be near Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park and many sights of historic Scotland's capital. The hotel restaurant, serving light and full meals, specializes in international cuisine at affordable prices. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance. HighlightsCentral location Free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet Restaurant, bar, and coffee barElevator to all floors Rooms The Jurys Inn hotel in Edinburgh has 186 spacious bedrooms, each accommodating up to three adults or two adults with two children. The well-lit rooms have private bathrooms, multi-channel televisions, tea- and coffee-making equipment, hairdryer, and free high-speed Internet access. A number of guest rooms are wheelchair-accessible, with wide doors, lowered beds, sufficient floor space for maneuvering, and fully accessible bathrooms with either a roll-in shower or a bath with additional hand rails, lower sink, grab rails, and pull cords. FeaturesGuests can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant or the more informal setting of the bar. The Il Barista Cafe offers a great range of snacks, pastries, and coffees to go.   The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine ranging from classics such as steak, salmon, and oven-roasted chicken to pizzas, wraps, and burgers -- all at affordable prices. The restaurant serves breakfast daily. The bar is the ideal spot for a quick lunch or a light supper with colleagues or friends. At Il Barista, coffee is served with style, along with an impressive array of specialty teas and scrumptious pastries. TransportationWaverley Rail Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Edinburgh Airport (8.2 mi/13.1 km) Nearby attractionsFestival Theatre (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Scottish Parliament (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Princes Street (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Dynamic Earth (1 mi/1.6 km) Edinburgh Castle (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Charlotte Square business district (1.2 mi/1.9 km) BusinessFree Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessFive meeting roomsEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 miles/1.93 km) Policies and FeesBreakfast fee is 14.95 GBP per person
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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 96 reviews
Boutique yet luxury hotel located on Edinburgh’s famous Princes StreetThe Waterloo Hotel was built in 1819. The hotel was the first purpose-built, large-scale hotel in Edinburgh. Now called the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel it combines the traditional features of this historic building with contemporary style. The Apex Waterloo boasts 187 stylish bedrooms, Elliot’s bar and restaurant, five function rooms, and Yu Spa facilities including pool, sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped gym. The hotel is non-smoking throughout. HighlightsCentral location for easy access to all visitor attractions and tourist spotsFree high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotelOn-site restaurantConference centerTraditional afternoon tea served daily RoomsApex Edinburgh Waterloo Place has 187 contemporary styled bedrooms, each decorated with limited edition artwork. All rooms come with 42” LCD televisions, satellite channels, free high-speed Wi-Fi, broadband modem connections, and a king size bed. A fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a desk and chair, and a safe also all come as standard. Seven types of rooms are available, from the standard city double to the duplex suite, which is split-level, spacious, and has excellent views of the city. The room also has a separate living area and kitchenette. Deluxe rooms and suites all come with BOSE surround-sound speaker systems. FeaturesOn-site bar and restaurant Elliot’s combines the traditional features of this historic building with contemporary design. The dining room has a great sense of style with an ornate corniced ceiling, original fireplaces, and expansive windows flooding the dining room with natural light. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and dishes have a modern Scottish theme. The restaurant is child friendly and children’s menus are available. Afternoon Tea is served between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.Yu Spa leisure center is open daily and is not open to the general public. Facilities include sauna, relaxing pool, and state-of-the-art gym. TransportationEdinburgh Rail Station within walking distanceEdinburgh Airport (8.1 mi/13 km)Transfer bus from airport to city center Nearby attractionsPrinces Street Gardens (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Scottish Parliament (0.6 mi/0.96km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.7 mi/1.12 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.8 mi/1.28 km)National Museum of Scotland (0.8 mi/1.28 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet accessFive meeting venuesFree access to AV equipment in meeting roomsDedicated event planning teamEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 mi/1.93 km)
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Ballantrae Albany Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
In the heart of Edinburgh this stylish 4 star hotel is two minutes walk to trendy George Street shops, where celebrity spotting is a probability, and moments too from the bustling Princes Street and all its grandeur. This beautiful hotel that has guests raving consists of four listed town houses, which feature stunning rooms reflective of the history and beauty of the building.
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Apex International

4 stars
4.0 / 5 61 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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Staycity Serviced Apartments - West End

4 stars
3.5 / 5 13 reviews
Spacious apartments ideally set in the vibrant West EndTourists looking for self-contained spaces fit for long- or short-term stay while in the Scotland capital find suitable base at Staycity Serviced Apartments - West End. Located in Edinburgh's cultural center, this contemporary hotel is close to Usher Hall, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse Theatre, and Edinburgh Castle. The property is also a short walk away from the specialty stores along Princes Street and Jenners shopping mall. Staycity Apartments offer weekly housekeeping and 24-hour reception for a better stay. Other services include luggage storage (fees apply), Wi-Fi access, and PC in the reception. Parking is available within the property for a fee. 3 Reasons to StayIdeal location in Edinburgh's West EndApartments with kitchen and dining roomClose to local attractions Staycity Serviced Apartments - West End RoomsAfter exploring sights in the city, guests can retreat to one of the cozy apartments in Staycity West End. The hotel offers studio units and one- and two-bedroom units equipped with fully fitted kitchen, LCD TV and dining room. DVD player and hairdryer are available on request. Select units come with laundry facilities and private balcony. Things to DoEdinburgh International Conference Centre (0.2 mi/0.32 km)Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (0.8 mi/1.29 km)Scottish National Gallery (0.8 mi/1.29 kmNational Museum of Scotland (0.9 mi/1.45 km)Murrayfield Stadium (1.1 mi/1.77 km)Edinburgh Festival Theatre (1.1 mi/1.77 km)Arthur's Seat (2.0 mi/3.2 km)Edinburgh Zoo (2.2 mi/3.54 km)Royal Yacht Britannia (3.0 mi/4.83 km)
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 7 reviews
If you're heading for Edinburgh, this classic townhouse will make your trip one of the most memorable you'll enjoy. BEST WESTERN PLUS Bruntsfield Hotel is effortlessly elegant, with contemporary touches that prove 'the difference is in the detail'. Overlooking the wide open Bruntsfield Links Park, yet close to the 'airy' city centre, your accommodation gives you quick access to all major tourist attractions (and the not so well-known ones too!), with comfortable individually designed bedrooms to return to on an evening to cap of an exciting, relaxing or intriguing day in Scotland's capital! Our contemporary styled bar and brasserie, Bisque, combines friendly folks with delicious dinners, and a few famous drams of course! An outside terrace is open all day for food and drinks too. As well as the eating, we'll take care of your meeting, with event rooms for any big (or not so big small) gathering.
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Twelve Picardy Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews
12 Picardy Place features 7 luxurious and individually designed suites, with a range of exquisite bed linen, soaking tubs, rainforest showers, 3D HD-LED screens with satellite TV. So if it's a quick city break or a romantic getaway you're after, cater for it all. Complimentary Internet access is provided via WiFi throughout the hotel and each room is equipped with a hairdryer, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. Each room comes with a selection of Sedbergh toiletries to ensure guests are pampered and relaxed in the stunning surrounding of this Georgian townhouse. Their mission is to deliver you a hotel where old-fashioned values of service and courtesy meet 21st-century standards of comfort and technology.
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Edinburgh Hotels

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Edinburgh First

3 stars
4.0 / 5 11 reviews
Pollock Halls offers 2* accommodation in Edinburgh to suit every budget and purpose, whether you're coming to the city on holiday, for business or as part of a group visit. Pollock Halls is seasonal campus accommodation located at the foot of Holyrood Park, and offers safe & affordable bed and breakfast accommodation over the University's summer vacation, with over 2000 rooms available. There is a vast range of room-types, including single standard (with shared bathroom facilities), single en-suite and twin en-suite rooms. Shared pantry facilities in each building include toaster, microwave, fridge, ironing board and iron and fridge; hairdryers are available at the main reception centre. Shared laundry facilities are also available in some buildings. Full Scottish breakfast is included in the price, and is served in the John McIntyre Centre in the heart of the private campus grounds. Light meals can also be taken in the bar, and there is an on-site shop and ATM available for use by all guests. Complimentary cabled internet access is available in all bedrooms and wireless internet access is available in some public areas. Free (limited) parking is available on-site, and guests will benefit from the 24-hour reception. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from the city-centre and Waverley train station, as well as many of Edinburgh's popular tourist attractions. It is also just 5 minutes' walk to Holyrood Park, and Arthur's Seat, an ideal location for walking, with beautiful views over Edinburgh.
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The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 20 reviews
Explore heritage-rich Edinburgh while staying at this stylish boutique hotelHoused in a beautiful Georgian Terrace, The Place welcomes discerning business and leisure travelers with chic accommodations in the heart of downtown Edinburgh. This privately owned boutique hotel effortlessly combines historic ambiance with modern design and conveniences. At The Place, diners can enjoy delectable breakfast items and scrumptious dishes from the in-house restaurant. Guests can have nightcaps at the cocktail bar. Pre-theater dinner and pre- and post-theater drinks are on offer, ideal since this sophisticated hotel is a short stroll from Edinburgh Playhouse. The Place also provides complimentary Wi-Fi access, limited off-site parking spaces at cost (upon request at the time of booking), and a Rolls Royce Phantom for executive transport (additional charge). No lift is available on site.From The Place, tourists can wander around the downtown area and check out historical landmarks, cultural attractions, and shopping and entertainment opportunities. Vacationers can venture to the Royal Mile or take photos while discovering the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. 3 Reasons To Stay:Centrally located in downtown Edinburgh and near the theater and shopping districtsFree Wi-Fi accessOn-site restaurant and cocktail bar The Place RoomsPatrons at The Place can choose among the 47 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, each reflecting different character and design. All of the stylish units echo an inviting atmosphere and equipped with amenities for a more convenient stay. Some units come with coffee-making facilities, telephone, and TV.  Things To Do:Edinburgh Playhouse (0.2 mi / 0.32 km)Princes Street (0.2 mi / 0.32 km)Princes Street Gardens (0.3 mi / 0.48 km)Scottish National Gallery (0.4 mi / 0.72 km)St Giles' Cathedral (0.5 mi / 0.80 km)National Museum of Scotland (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Palace of Holyroodhouse (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Our Dynamic Earth (0.7 mi / 1.12 km)Royal Lyceum Theatre (0.9 mi / 1.44 km)King's Theatre (1.1mi / 1.76 km)Holyrood Park (1.3 mi / 2.08 km)
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King James by Thistle

4 stars
3.7 / 5 31 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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Nightly rates from £88.30

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

3 stars
3.8 / 5 34 reviews
Value and comfort by Edinburgh?s Royal MileJurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. This hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Business travelers appreciate that the hotel is within easy reach of the International Conference Centre. Tourists are pleased to be near Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park and many sights of historic Scotland's capital. The hotel restaurant, serving light and full meals, specializes in international cuisine at affordable prices. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance. HighlightsCentral location Free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet Restaurant, bar, and coffee barElevator to all floors Rooms The Jurys Inn hotel in Edinburgh has 186 spacious bedrooms, each accommodating up to three adults or two adults with two children. The well-lit rooms have private bathrooms, multi-channel televisions, tea- and coffee-making equipment, hairdryer, and free high-speed Internet access. A number of guest rooms are wheelchair-accessible, with wide doors, lowered beds, sufficient floor space for maneuvering, and fully accessible bathrooms with either a roll-in shower or a bath with additional hand rails, lower sink, grab rails, and pull cords. FeaturesGuests can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant or the more informal setting of the bar. The Il Barista Cafe offers a great range of snacks, pastries, and coffees to go.   The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine ranging from classics such as steak, salmon, and oven-roasted chicken to pizzas, wraps, and burgers -- all at affordable prices. The restaurant serves breakfast daily. The bar is the ideal spot for a quick lunch or a light supper with colleagues or friends. At Il Barista, coffee is served with style, along with an impressive array of specialty teas and scrumptious pastries. TransportationWaverley Rail Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Edinburgh Airport (8.2 mi/13.1 km) Nearby attractionsFestival Theatre (0.4 mi/0.6 km)Scottish Parliament (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Princes Street (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Dynamic Earth (1 mi/1.6 km) Edinburgh Castle (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Charlotte Square business district (1.2 mi/1.9 km) BusinessFree Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessFive meeting roomsEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 miles/1.93 km) Policies and FeesBreakfast fee is 14.95 GBP per person
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Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 96 reviews
Boutique yet luxury hotel located on Edinburgh’s famous Princes StreetThe Waterloo Hotel was built in 1819. The hotel was the first purpose-built, large-scale hotel in Edinburgh. Now called the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel it combines the traditional features of this historic building with contemporary style. The Apex Waterloo boasts 187 stylish bedrooms, Elliot’s bar and restaurant, five function rooms, and Yu Spa facilities including pool, sauna, steam room, and a fully equipped gym. The hotel is non-smoking throughout. HighlightsCentral location for easy access to all visitor attractions and tourist spotsFree high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotelOn-site restaurantConference centerTraditional afternoon tea served daily RoomsApex Edinburgh Waterloo Place has 187 contemporary styled bedrooms, each decorated with limited edition artwork. All rooms come with 42” LCD televisions, satellite channels, free high-speed Wi-Fi, broadband modem connections, and a king size bed. A fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a desk and chair, and a safe also all come as standard. Seven types of rooms are available, from the standard city double to the duplex suite, which is split-level, spacious, and has excellent views of the city. The room also has a separate living area and kitchenette. Deluxe rooms and suites all come with BOSE surround-sound speaker systems. FeaturesOn-site bar and restaurant Elliot’s combines the traditional features of this historic building with contemporary design. The dining room has a great sense of style with an ornate corniced ceiling, original fireplaces, and expansive windows flooding the dining room with natural light. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and dishes have a modern Scottish theme. The restaurant is child friendly and children’s menus are available. Afternoon Tea is served between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.Yu Spa leisure center is open daily and is not open to the general public. Facilities include sauna, relaxing pool, and state-of-the-art gym. TransportationEdinburgh Rail Station within walking distanceEdinburgh Airport (8.1 mi/13 km)Transfer bus from airport to city center Nearby attractionsPrinces Street Gardens (0.6 mi/0.96 km)Scottish Parliament (0.6 mi/0.96km)Greyfriars Kirkyard (0.7 mi/1.12 km)Edinburgh Castle (0.8 mi/1.28 km)National Museum of Scotland (0.8 mi/1.28 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet accessFive meeting venuesFree access to AV equipment in meeting roomsDedicated event planning teamEdinburgh International Conference Centre (1.2 mi/1.93 km)
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Flights

Flights to Edinburgh

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Edinburgh Mon, 1 Sep - Mon, 8 Sep £73
Manchester Edinburgh Sat, 23 Aug - Fri, 19 Sep £82
Cardiff Edinburgh Tue, 19 Aug - Thu, 21 Aug £126
Birmingham Edinburgh Mon, 1 Sep - Tue, 30 Sep £62
Barcelona Edinburgh Wed, 20 Aug - Wed, 3 Sep £172
Amsterdam Edinburgh Wed, 27 Aug - Sun, 31 Aug £136
Zurich Edinburgh Sat, 23 Aug - Sat, 30 Aug £181
Athens Edinburgh Sun, 7 Sep - Sun, 14 Sep £215
Exeter Edinburgh Mon, 8 Sep - Mon, 15 Sep £142
Bristol Edinburgh Mon, 25 Aug - Tue, 2 Sep £79
Prague Edinburgh Fri, 29 Aug - Fri, 26 Sep £147
Geneva Edinburgh Mon, 1 Sep - Thu, 4 Sep £97
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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.

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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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