Edinburgh Attractions and Accommodation

By: Niall Buchanan

Edinburgh is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and it boasts a wealth of attractions and different types of accommodation.? Here you will find a selection of the most popular attractions in Edinburgh and information on the various types of accommodation available.

Edinburgh Castle

The castle is perhaps the best known and certainly the most popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh.? It sits on an elevated site overlooking Princes Street Gardens and the city centre.

Visitors are free to roam around the castle and learn about the rich and interesting history from any of the knowledgeable guides which are on hand to guide you round.

If you visit during the festival season you also have the option of taking in the Military Tattoo which takes place in the castle each year.? There are temporary stands erected and you get to witness a mass of bagpipers and marching bands from all over the world from inside the illuminated castle grounds.

Edinburgh Festival

During the main summer season Edinburgh comes alive with festivals and events taking place throughout the city.? The biggest event is the International fringe festival which has been running since 1947.

Here you can enjoy a wide variety of acts, some shows are free and others require tickets (usually only ?5).? The most unique aspect of the festival is that it is open to all performers; people can just turn up and perform.? This makes it a great platform for up and coming stars to come and try and make a name for themselves.

Edinburgh Zoo

Opened in 1913 and consisting of over 82 acres of parkland, the zoo is one of Edinburgh’s most popular attractions with over 500,000 visitors each year.? The zoo is walking distance from the city centre, it is situated in Corstorphine which is close to Haymarket railway station.

The most popular attraction at the zoo are the penguins and especially the penguin parade which takes place on a daily basis.? The zoo also has the United Kingdoms only koala bears.

Scottish Parliament

Since Scotland was granted a devolved government in 1999 a parliament was requires for the first time in hundreds of years.? After much debate on both the location and the architecture of the building, the Scottish parliament was built at Holyrood.

There continues to be much debate on the building and particularly the look of the building, as it is designed as a modern and contemporary building completely unique from the traditional and elegant structures normally found in Edinburgh.? Its cost of ?431 million (double the original budget) also did not go down well with the Scottish public.

Visitors can visit it and make there own minds of whether to love or hate the structure, there are free tickets available to tour round and see Scottish politics in action.

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are a great attraction for the family to enjoy and best of all admission is Free.? The gardens in Edinburgh have been around since 1670 and that makes them the second oldest in the UK.

There are a total of 70 acres of gardens and they are in a great central location only a few minutes walk from the city centre.? There are 7% of the worlds total plant species on display and it’s the perfect way to spend a sun filled day in Edinburgh.

Luxury Accommodation

There is a wide selection of luxury hotels in Edinburgh, all of the major hotel chains such as Ramada, Best Western and Hilton have hotels in the city centre.? It is however perhaps best to try one of Edinburgh’s more iconic hotels.

The two most well known are probably the Balmoral Hotel and the Scotsman, both have excellent city centre locations and offer high quality luxury accommodation.

Edinburgh accommodation is not all five star luxury and ?100 a night pricesArticle Search, you can pick up more affordable options if you opt to stay at a bed and breakfast or a hostel.

The cheapest option is to choose one of the many hostels that are available in Edinburgh.? You can pick up a five star hostel dorm for only ?12 per person.? A bargain when you consider some of the excellent facilities available such as free internet and travel advice and also city centre locations.

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