This ancient city is the United Kingdom's most popular destination (after London) due to its dense historical beauty and cultural offerings. Situated along the shores of the broad Firth of Forth, the best Edinburgh hotels will give you a view of the waterfront activity. If you love castles, this is your ideal destination: not only can you explore Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but the entire city is filled with antique buildings that look like castles themselves. Medieval relics share space in this literary capital with avant-garde art and cutting-edge nightlife, and cheap hotels in Edinburgh will put you at the center of the whole beautiful mix.
Out and About in Edinburgh
Summertime in Edinburgh is nearly one continuous festival, as locals and visitors alike enjoy the interval of warm weather. The Edinburgh International Festival is the big one, offering world-class music and theater performances. Numerous other festivals focus specifically on bagpipe music, books, jazz, comedy, and film. In winter you can join the city's four-day celebration of Hogmanay, welcoming the new year with fireworks, parades, and concerts. For a quieter experience, spend a few fascinating hours in the free National Museum of Scotland. You'll find history, nature, refreshments, and an unequaled view of the city from the terrace.
Eating and Drinking
Are you ready for haggis, black pudding, and deep-fried Mars bars? Traditional Scottish food poses a challenge to some international visitors, but fortunately this cosmopolitan city has countless delicious and more familiar culinary offerings. Fish and chip places are popular, and they accompany their fresh offerings with "salt-n-sauce," which is vinegary, salty, and downright delicious. The numerous luxury hotels in Edinburgh provide exceptional dining experiences.
Edinburgh is also filled with great deals on affordable accommodations close to galleries, museums and shops. For travelers, hotels near Haymarket provide easy access to trains serving all of the United Kingdom at Haymarket Station. If you fly in, there are plenty of accommodations available as well. Check Travelocity's listings for a great selection of hotels near EDI airport.