Edinburgh 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 an Edinburgh Premier Inn hotel.

What's on

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.

Events and festivals

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.

Near Edinburgh

Take a trip outside of Edinburgh and you’ll find romantic ruins, great golf courses, picture postcard coastal villages, colossal castles and a world of wildlife.
Here’s our guide to the best sights and attractions within easy reach of Edinburgh.

The Fringe

Every August, Edinburgh comes alive with art, music, theatre, comedy, cabaret and dance – along with a palpable buzz – as thousands of performers descend on the city for the Edinburgh Fringe. It's a chance to see acts and enjoy a carnival atmosphere.


When it comes to sport, Edinburgh has some prestigious associations: it’s home to the national rugby union team and a top flight football club. Plus, it’s expansive green spaces have helped establish the city as a top golfing destination.

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? 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 city, 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. 

Eating, drinking and 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 and 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!

Edinburgh universities

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.

University of Edinburgh

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.

Heriot-Watt University

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.

Napier University

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.

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 excellent public transport, including nightly sleeper trains, 24 hour buses and trams. You can also bike 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 Premier Inn airport hotels

Looking for a hotel in Edinburgh?

Whether it's the Edinburgh city centre, next to Edinburgh Castle, or Princes Street, or the outskirts of town, we have the right hotel for you. Flying in on business 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.