Welcome to our Edinburgh Guide, a useful guide that provides you with an insight into the unique sights, shopping and nightlife available in this historic city. Steeped in history and rich with culture Edinburgh is a vibrant city full of outstanding sights, world class attractions and striking architecture waiting to be discovered on your next short break.
Getting there Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most popular cities attracting thousands of visitors each year. Regular train services, excellent road links and a local airport make Edinburgh easily accessible by rail, road and air. Edinburgh Waverly is situated in the heart of the city and is the main station into Edinburgh, while Edinburgh Haymarket places you in the heart of the West End. From the city there are excellent links across the UK including many direct trains on the East Coast route. If you are heading from the North of Scotland, Edinburgh has excellent links to the M9 and M90. The main motorway access to Edinburgh is via the M8 which links directly to Glasgow, about an hour away, and connects to the M74 towards Carlisle and the rest of England. Alternatively, Edinburgh Airport sits just outside the city and is easily accessible via the M8 and the M9.
Getting around The compact city of Edinburgh is easy to navigate with most attractions within walking distance of each other. With regular bus services and multiple taxi ranks it’s easy to get around this magnificent city. There are approx 300 First Bus services operating throughout Edinburgh, with many airport, city, open top tour services and night buses to choose from meaning it is quick and easy to get around the Scottish capital by bus. There are many taxi companies in the city of Edinburgh that can be booked or picked up from the multiple taxi ranks across the city. To avoid un-reliable services check with your hotel in Edinburgh for their preferred service or have them book you a taxi. Edinburgh is also a bike friendly city with many cycle lanes and bike routes as well as plenty of places to hire cycles to explore on your own.
Edinburgh Attractions Drenched in history and rich with culture Edinburgh is a vibrant city full of outstanding sights, world class attractions and striking architecture. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its remarkable blend of medieval old town with the Georgian new town Edinburgh is a city not to be missed. From the distinctive Edinburgh Castle , towering above the city, to the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia and the Scottish House of Parliament, Edinburgh is full of amazing sites for you to discover.
<ul><li>Must do’s by day: </li></ul><ul><li>Step back in history and discover the gruesome truth behind Edinburgh's past at the Edinburgh Dungeons </li></ul><ul><li>See the spectacular panoramic views from Edinburgh Castle </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the hidden streets beneath the city in Mary Kings close </li></ul><ul><li>Take a stroll along the Royal Mile home to many of Edinburgh's oldest buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Discover one of the world's finest Scottish & International art collections at the National Galleries </li></ul>
<ul><li>Must do’s by night: </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the streets of Edinburgh with a spooky ghost tour </li></ul><ul><li>Take in an evening performance at the fantastic Edinburgh Playhouse </li></ul><ul><li>Catch some hilarious comedy at the Jongleurs comedy club </li></ul><ul><li>Embark on one of the multi-award winning Edinburgh Literary Pub Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Discover the range of pubs, clubs and restaurants on George Street and in the New Town </li></ul>
<ul><li>Edinburgh Nightlife, Bars & Restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>Brimming with pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, Edinburgh’s nightlife is a vibrant mix of live music, sumptuous dining, hilarious comedy and much more. From fine French cuisine, authentic Indian dishes and traditional Scottish Haggis, Edinburgh is bursting with a wealth of different flavours from around the world. Alternatively, if you are looking for a trendy cocktail bar or a traditional pub Edinburgh is full of bars and pubs to suit all tastes. </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s our top 10 list of Edinburgh’s best bars, clubs and restaurants: </li></ul><ul><li>WHISKI Bar & Restaurant, 119 High Street, EH1 1SG </li></ul><ul><li>Frankenstein's Pub, 26 George IV Bridge, EH1 </li></ul><ul><li>Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh 20 George Street, EH2-2PH </li></ul><ul><li>The Living Room, George Street, 113-5 George St, EH2 4JN </li></ul><ul><li>Fingers Piano Bar, 61A Frederick Street, EH2 1LH </li></ul><ul><li>The Witchery by the Castle, Castle Hill, EH1 2NF </li></ul><ul><li>The Caves, 8-12 Niddry Street South, EH1 1NS </li></ul><ul><li>Wedgwood the Restaurant, 267 Canongate EH8 8BQ </li></ul><ul><li>The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street, EH1 1HR </li></ul><ul><li>The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB </li></ul>
Shopping in Edinburgh! From vintage boutiques and Scottish souvenirs in Grassmarket to designer labels and high street fashion on Princes Street, Edinburgh is a haven for avid shopaholics! For anything designer, the centre of Edinburgh is the place to be; from Harvey Nichols to Multrees Walk, which house a range of top designer labels, including Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and Mulberry. Princes Street is the place to be for a spot of shopping and sightseeing in one; with high street favourites Zara, Gap, H&M and Frasers on one side and the impressive Edinburgh castle on the other! Try the New Town & West End areas for a range of funky boutiques or if vintage shopping is your thing, then discover Herman Brown on West Port for jewellery, WM Armstrongs in the Grassmarket for 1920s to 1980s desirables and Flip of Hollywood on South Bridge for Americana retro pieces.
<ul><li>Annual Events in Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh annually plays host to an extensive array of events, which happen right across the city from the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August to the vibrant Hogmanay celebrations starting at the end of December. </li></ul><ul><li>Top 5 Unmissable Annual Events: </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh International Film Festival - June </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Fringe Festival - August </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Military Tattoo - August </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Christmas Markets - Nov-Dec </li></ul><ul><li>Hogmanay in Edinburgh - 30 Dec - 02 Jan </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to sample the culture but are stuck on when to go, be sure to visit Edinburgh in August when there are many events and festivals taking place – but be sure to book your hotels in advance Edinburgh hotels during August soon get booked up quickly! </li></ul>
Top 5 Budget Hotels in Edinburgh 3* Travelodge Edinburgh Central - 33 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 1TA Commanding an enviable position on St Mary’s Street, the Travelodge Edinburgh Central sits in the heart of the city and is ideal for exploring all the historic landmarks and excellent shops. 3* Jurys Inn - 43 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH Located just off the famous Royal Mile, this hotel is placed right in the heart of Edinburgh's historic centre with Edinburgh Castle, the International Conference Centre and the National Galleries just a short walking distance away. 2* Hearld Hotel - 70 Grove Street, EH3 8AP The Herald House Hotel offers the fantastic mix of budget accommodation and central location right in the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. 3* Premier Inn Edinburgh Haymarket - 1 Morrison Link, EH3 8DN Situated right in the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh, the Premier Inn Edinburgh Haymarket is perfect for a short break, whether it be with friends or family. 3* Central Hotel - 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS Nestled on the edge of the historic Royal Mile, the Central Hotel boasts an envious location at the heart of Edinburgh situated moments from the buzz of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.
Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Edinburgh 5* The Balmoral - 1 Princes Street, EH2 2EQ Five star luxuries, lavish design and an excellent location come together at The Balmoral hotel to create the prefect short break in Edinburgh. 5* Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa - 1 Festival Square, EH3 9SR set in the heart of Edinburgh in Festival Square, this hotel is just moments away from the whirl of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. 5* Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, 1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD Elegant, bold and stylish, the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh offers a luxurious haven in the heart of the historic city and is on the doorstep of some of Edinburgh's finest attractions 4* Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, 11 Bristo Place, EDH1 1EZ Nestled in the heart of the historic Old Town, this stylish, boutique hotel combines modern design, lavishly designed guestrooms and exquisite culinary delights, all within walking distance of Edinburgh's iconic visitor attractions. 4* Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, EH1 1TH Proudly located in the heart of the famous Edinburgh Royal Mile, the Radisson Blu Hotel serves as a testament to modern British design and style.
Have a browse on Superbreak’s website to book your hotels in Edinburgh and pick up some top tips and inspiration with our Edinburgh Guide .