Edinburgh

Travel Guide
Arthur\'s Seat showing a castle, a city and a sunset

The capital of Scotland combines ancient architecture and fascinating history with a vibrant cultural scene and world-famous festivals.

Walking through Edinburgh is a very pleasant experience, with visitors to the city quickly understanding why the Scottish capital has achieved the status of a World Heritage Site. Stroll past the medieval buildings of the Old Town and on to the wide and elegant boulevards and Georgian architecture of the New Town. Take your time and enjoy the many impressive landmarks, as well as the picturesque parks and gardens that abound.

The city is built on seven hills, adding to its natural charm, and is framed by a number of long-extinct volcanoes. Built on one of these rises is the famous Edinburgh Castle; an imposing fortress which overlooks the city, and has long defended it from attack.

The Royal Mile is a cobblestoned link between the castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, one of the British Crown's monarchical residences in Edinburgh. The route also takes in St Giles' Cathedral and Parliament House, some of the primary buildings of historic interest for visitors to the city.

Princes Street is the city's principal shopping thoroughfare and is always a hub of activity. Princes Street Gardens run alongside, and offer a green respite from the hustle and bustle. The striking Gothic-designed Scott Monument was built in memory of the celebrated writer, Sir Walter Scott. Its viewing galleries offer excellent vistas over the Edinburgh rooftops.

If you'd like to get off the beaten track, try nearby Dean Village, situated in an oasis of countryside but only a few minutes away from the heart of Edinburgh. Head for the port area during the day for its range of charming cafés, and come back in the evening for its excellent restaurants and bars.

The best vantages over the city can be accessed via a short walk up Arthur's Seat, a volcano which is now dormant, or Calton Hill. The latter also has a range of monuments which will give you an even greater insight into the city's past.

Edinburgh is justly famous for its festivals – the locals really know how to throw a party! The Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Arts Festival, in particular, bring a riot of cultural activity to the city in August. Christmastime brings plenty of celebration too, with festive markets and attractions, all leading up to the famous Hogmanay street party which celebrates the opening of the New Year.

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Where to stay in Edinburgh

YOTEL Edinburgh
YOTEL Edinburgh
4 out of 5
Erskine House, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$112 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in New Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Georgian House and Princes Street. George Street and Usher Hall are also within 15 minutes. Edinburgh ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (877 reviews)
"It was walking distance from everywhere I needed to be in Edinburgh"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

YOTEL Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
4 out of 5
1-3 Baxters Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$145 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Located in New Town, this hotel is steps away from Omni Centre Edinburgh, Princes Street and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Royal Mile and St. Andrew Square are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (937 reviews)
"Ideal location, beautiful room & pleasant staff"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman Hotel
4 out of 5
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$278 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this boutique hotel is steps away from City Art Centre, Princes Street and Royal Mile. University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (955 reviews)
"Beautiful, historic property. Location couldn't be better for the Royal Mile. Food at the Grand Cafe was excellent. Staff was friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

The Scotsman Hotel
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Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
3.5 out of 5
231 Canongate, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$114 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Mile, St. Giles' Cathedral and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,172 reviews)
"It’s a good hotel am with my family for 2 nights rooms are clean .nice location it’s comfortable for 4 people"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Eden Locke
Eden Locke
4 out of 5
127 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$193 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in New Town, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps away from Charlotte Square, Princes Street and George Street. Princes Street Gardens and Usher Hall ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (628 reviews)
"A very stylish and safe hotel"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

Eden Locke
Princes Street Suites
Princes Street Suites
4 out of 5
16 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
The price is NZ$199 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Old Town Edinburgh, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Waterloo Place and Princes Street. Royal Mile and St. Andrew Square are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,229 reviews)
"Perfect location, lots of space in the apartment also. Perfect for travelling with a baby."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Princes Street Suites
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