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Edinburgh Guide

This is a city known as much for its history and culture as it is its beauty and uniquely Scottish vibe. Browse our selection of deals on hotels and travel to Edinburgh to experience the museums, lively nightlife, architecture, or any one of the many festivals.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Old Town, New Town, Stockbridge, Haymarket… Edinburgh is made up of a whole host of vibrant districts. Explore easily on foot, thanks to the city’s compact size, or via the popular and convenient local bus network.

Here are a couple of Edinburgh hotels that we really like:

  • Premium: The Chester Residence - Holiday in one of these contemporary hotel suites and indulge in a night of luxurious details, stylish décor and attentive staff. 6 - 9 Rothesay Place, Edinburgh EH3 7SL
  • Budget: Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile - For comfortable and clean rooms in a wonderfully central location. 6 Hunter Square, Off Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

Where to eat in Edinburgh

  • Braw: Grab yourself something fresh and yummy all day long. They even do picnics! 54 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3BR
  • Number One: Spend a first-class evening in a Michelin-starred restaurant and sample innovative, beautifully presented cuisine. The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
  • Butternut Squash: Nothing beats home-cooked food. The atmosphere is relaxed, the prices are very competitive and you can even take along your own wine. 10 D/E Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EY

These are just a few suggestions. Make sure you check Groupon for all kinds of great deals on:

Restaurants in Edinburgh

Nightlife in Edinburgh

  • The Dome This beautiful, elegant and classy domed structure is stunning inside and out. There’s live jazz on Sundays too. 14 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

  • Captains Bar Grab yourself a drink and enjoy an evening of folk music in this traditional Scottish bar. 4 South College Street, Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

These are just a few suggestions. Make sure you check Groupon for all kinds of great deals on:

Bars and clubs in Edinburgh

Must-sees in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Castle: Free guided tours, spectacular views, the Scottish Crown Jewels, prisons and all kinds of events programmed throughout the year.
  • Arthur’s Seat: Enjoy a pleasant stroll and take in the magic of this extinct volcano. It’s particularly stunning and peaceful either at sunrise or sunset.
  • The Royal Mile: Walk, people watch and stock up on souvenirs. There are all sorts to choose from, from postcards and whisky to kilts.

Activities, art and culture

  • Gilmerton Cove: Even today, the origins of these well-preserved caves remain a mystery. Book yourself a tour to explore the passageways and chambers and learn more about Edinburgh’s curious past.
  • Holyrood Abbey: The abbey dates back to 1128 and it’s beautiful, eerie and packed with history.
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions: Five floors of interactive optical tricks and illusions. Great for all ages, visit whatever the weather.

Where to shop in Edinburgh

  • Grassmarket: Impressive architecture, a great atmosphere, bars, restaurants, unique shops and a market with street food on Saturdays.
  • Cadenhead Whisky: A trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without whisky! Visit for variety and expert advice. 172 Canongate-Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DF

Authentically Edinburgh

  • Anteaques: Nothing screams British more than a scone and a good cup of tea! Curiously, this antiques shop plays host not only to trinkets and vintage finds but to a café with over 60 varieties of teas and infusions too.
  • Dominion Cinema: Get that old-school cinema experience at this quirky, independent cinema. The sofas and tables will make you feel right at home.

These are a few suggestions but don’t forget to Check Groupon First.

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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Apex Haymarket Hotel
Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh
Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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Edinburgh
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