Edinburgh City Guide

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.


Things to do

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? A festive visit to their traditional Christmas markets? Whatever your metaphoric tipple, you’ll find a host of things to do in Edinburgh.

Comedy and theatre

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.

Shopping

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.

Museums and galleries

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. 

Sightseeing

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. 


Eating, drinking & nightlife

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.

Eating out

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.

Drinking & nightlife

Edinburgh nights are long and late, which is great news if you’re heading out. Nightlife in this town is humming to say the least. So take your pick of our brilliant bars, pubs and clubs, and get ready to party!


Plan your visit

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.

Getting around

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. 

Where to stay

Get a feel for Edinburgh’s different ‘villages’ and vibes, from upmarket New Town and elegant West End to trendy Stockbridge and lively Leith. 

Getting to Edinburgh from the airport

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

Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

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.