Standing majestically on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline as much it does Scotland’s complex history. It’s home to St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, and the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. Kings and queens have lived and loved in The Royal Palace. Enemies and pirates have suffered in the Prisons of War. Soldiers are honoured at the Scottish National War Memorial and military history told in the Regimental Museums.
It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Its galleries and museums - Talbot Rice Gallery, the Anatomical Museum and the Musical Instruments Museum to name a few - are open to the public and house some rare and impressive collections.
Once the heart of Edinburgh, Mary King’s Close and the surrounding ‘wynds’ now lie beneath the streets of the Old Town. Dramatic guided tours tell real-life tales of this plague-infested, haunted and intriguing part of town.
This very royal park is right next to Holyrood Palace at the bottom of the Royal Mile. In it, you’ll find Arthur’s Seat, an ancient volcano which towers above Edinburgh and offers a magnificent viewing point. It’s also home to St Anthony’s Chapel, Holyrood Abbey, Salisbury Crag and Duddingston Loch.
This picturesque garden in the middle of the city is worth a visit for the Floral Clock alone. Made of at least 30,000 flowers, it’s not just pretty - it tells the correct time. There’s nothing else like it in the world.
Visit Edinburgh Zoo and you’ll be supporting some of the world’s most important conservation projects.
In return, you’ll see the only giant pandas and koalas in the UK plus the highly entertaining penguin parade.
Enjoy a wee dram and gawp at the world’s biggest private collection of Scotch - but only after a barrel ride through a visual distillery and a sensory exploration of the art of whisky blending. Booking in advance recommended, especially during November and December.
As the Queen’s official Scottish residence, Holyrood House (as it’s also known) really is an opportunity to see how the other half live. Snoop around the Mary, Queen of Scots’ Chambers, the State Apartments or the current exhibition.
An ultra modern building in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the Scottish Parliament Building has so much more to offer visitors than a snapshot of government. History, art, literature and architecture tours, regular events and exhibitions make it a top Edinburgh attraction.
Craigmillar Castle is a quieter alternative to Edinburgh Castle. Walking around, you still get that great sense of medieval Scottish history.
It’s where Mary, Queen of Scots took refuge and supposedly plotted to murder her husband.
A combined hub of entertainment and the arts, The Lowry is home to The Lyric and The Quays theatres and The Lowry Gallery. The building itself is a work of art. Inside rare orchids, tropical palms, alpine flowers, an arboretum, a woodland garden, the largest collection of Chinese plants outside of China and 28 glasshouses make for a horticultural paradise only a mile from the city centre. Inverleith Gardens is right next door.
Its handy location halfway down the Royal Mile makes St Giles’ Cathedral the perfect stop-off on your way from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. The stained glass windows will leave you aghast. It’s also where the annual Hogmanay Candlelit Concert happens.
Whilst you’re at Holyrood House, don’t forget to go to Holyrood Abbey. Situated behind Holyrood House in Holyrood Park, what remains of this 12th century monastic building will set your imagination on fire.
It used to be where the royal family holiday, honeymooned and entertained. Now it’s an award-winning visitor attraction with a top-class tea room. Royal Yacht
Britannia is a short distance from the city centre in Leith.
This series of chambers underneath South Bridge in the Old Town is best explored through a guided tour. Captivating storytellers will regale you with tales of ghosts, serial killers, dead bodies murders, poverty and illegal drinking dens.
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.