Edinburgh has more to offer than just about any other UK city outside of London. So whatever part of town you find yourself in, there’ll be a friendly team waiting to look after you at a Premier Inn hotel.
Edinburgh is known for some pretty special events, and each event alone is a reason to come to town. Here we give the lowdown on what’s happening through the year – from the hotly anticipated rugby, footy and golf to the festivals celebrating film, art and jazz to the world-famous Hogmanay, Fringe and Military Tattoo.
From April until December, the ‘Festival City’ throngs with art, music, literature, science, dance, theatre, comedy, colour and creativity from around the world. But with so much stuff going on, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve summarised the main events to help you with your planning.
Every August, Edinburgh comes alive with art, music, theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and pipes – along with a palpable hum and buzz – as thousands of performers descend on the city for the famous Edinburgh Fringe. It's an opportunity to see acts and enjoy a friendly carnival atmosphere, in the world’s biggest arts festival.
If you’ve got the energy, Edinburgh’s got the goods. We’re talking castle, palace, zoo, parks, gardens and vaults, plus museums, galleries and theatres galore. Or, is it all about the shops? Homage to the whisky? Whatever your metaphoric tipple, you’ll find a host of things to do in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is the city that has a month-long celebration of theatre, comedy, dance, spoken word and music from around the world every year.
But when Edinburgh Festival is over, the city’s theatres, concert halls and events spaces keep on hosting and producing top-class performances.
From local handicrafts to Louis Vuitton handbags, you’ll find it all in Edinburgh. You can expect names you’ll have heard of - Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Urban Outfitters - and ones you definitely won’t have. It’s all got the added novelty of shopping amongst some of the UK’s most enchanting streets and buildings, too.
As the Scottish capital, Edinburgh is full of national museums and galleries. Many of these are run by National Galleries of Scotland and National Museums Scotland.
As well as being an important part of Scotland’s history and culture, lots of them boast world-class collections or have won awards.
Whether you want to support your favourite rugby or football team or soak up the atmosphere at a top-class stadium, we’ll point you in the right direction.
If golfing on a world-class course with stunning views is more your thing, you’ll be pleased to discover Edinburgh knows a thing or two about golf.
When it comes to going out, Edinburgh caters for elegant old-schoolers and hippy young rockers alike. From fine dining and budget bites to traditional boozers and swanky nightclubs, we give you our pick of the city’s best haunts.
Fine food and pub grub, gastro and gourmet, Edinburgh has it all when it comes to eating out. Our guide to the city’s restaurants includes hip cafés and swish hotels for every taste and budget.
With a packed cultural calendar and a great nightlife, it’s no wonder that students from all over the world flock to Edinburgh. Whether you’re exploring places to study or celebrating a graduation, find out everything you need to know in our guide to the city’s universities.
The sixth oldest university in the English speaking world, Edinburgh has a student life to match its long history and great reputation. Its beautiful listed buildings have produced graduates who have influenced world history, from novelists to prime ministers, as well as lots of world leading research. Sitting in the heart of the Old Town, the campus puts you in the heart of the action ready to explore everything the city has to offer.
Located on the edge of the city, Heriot-Watt stands out with strong connections to business and industry and a strong student community feel. The university’s large and leafy campus provides plenty of space to study, relax and explore. Be sure to check out its state of the art, purpose built sporting facilities which are used by lots of Scotland’s top athletes, including the national football and rugby squads.
Made up of three smaller sites on the west of the city, student life at Napier University is as varied as the courses it offers. The Sighthill campus serves over 5,000 students of science, health and social care, while engineering, computing and creative industries students are based at Merchiston. Home to the Business School, the Craiglockhart campus with its blend of modern and old architecture overlooks Edinburgh.
You'll want to do Edinburgh properly, so it pays to plan your trip ahead. That means thinking about how you’ll get around, how you’ll get there in the first place and where’s best for you to stay. Do you want to be close to the sights or on top of the shops? Or is it all about getting down to business? Speaking of which, we’ll tell you about Edinburgh’s best conference centres too.
Edinburgh has some excellent public transport, including nightly sleeper trains, 24 hour buses and wi-fi friendly trams. You can also cycle into town along the Union Canal.
Edinburgh airport is just five miles from the city centre, with airport bus and tram services getting you there in a handy half-hour. If you’re flying into town, but arriving late at night or leaving crazy early, why not ease the pressure and stay at one of our airport hotels?
Whether it's the city centre, next to Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street, or on the outskirts of town, we have the right hotel for you. Flying in for a business trip and we've hotels next to Edinburgh Airport. And if you're looking for a family-friendly hotel for a weekend break we have those aswell.