Edinburgh is one of Britain’s best-loved cities, and it’s easy to see why. The beguiling Scottish capital is bursting with charm, character and history. From the gracious, sweeping Georgian terraces of the New Town to the ancient, winding lanes of the Old Town, there’s plenty to enchant visitors in this jewel of a destination.
Edinburgh has something of a reputation as a rather genteel, reserved place, but it does have a more raucous side too. Visit Grassmarket’s overflowing pubs on a summer’s evening to see the livelier side of Edinburgh nightlife, or visit during the Festival and Fringe and you’ll see just how popular this city really is.
For culture vultures, Edinburgh is paradise. The architecture alone includes everything from medieval tenements in the south to the neatly laid out golden stone terraces in the north of the city. The annual festival is the world’s largest, but even when this isn’t taking place, the city has plenty of artistic, literary and scientific attractions to keep visitors happy. Not to mention one of the finest zoos on the planet.
Edinburgh hotels vary tremendously in size, price and location, so there’s something for everyone. Cheap hotels in and around Edinburgh combine all the daily essentials with a warm Scottish welcome, while some of the finest 5-star hotels in Edinburgh are iconic landmark properties that make for a luxurious, sumptuous stay in the city. Stay in a property near Princes Street and you’ll be at the heart of the action, or plump for a hotel near the water in Leith if you hanker after a pretty view.
Dining out in Edinburgh is truly a treat, with the city now firmly ensconced on the culinary map of the British Isles. Michelin stars abound in Leith, while at Newhaven you can enjoy the freshest fish as you watch the sun set over the North Sea. Scones and shortbread must be sampled in the city’s cafes, while a full Scottish breakfast will set you up for the day - even if you decide to clamber up the lofty Arthur’s Seat. Bewitching Edinburgh Castle also towers over the landscape. There are plenty of spooky walks to be found in the city too if a spot of ghost-hunting appeals.
If Edinburgh has made it onto your city break list, then why not have a look at the range of hotels we offer in Auld Reekie? You’re sure to find one that suits.