Only in a city as diverse as Edinburgh can you find medieval castles and modern shopping centers on the same block and “American-style” football being played in the stadiums. Discover all the delightful contrasts that make Scotland’s capital one of our top travel destinations when you stay at one of our many Holiday Inn® Edinburgh hotels.
Kick off your Edinburgh hotel stay with a trip to Old Town, the medieval heart of the City Center. Here you’ll find the Royal Mile and popular tourist attractions, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the official residency of the Scottish royal family. Be sure to check out Mary King’s Close. This underground tenement dates back to the 16th century and offers an eerie slice of Scottish life during the Middle Ages.
The Princes Street Gardens divide the New Town from the Old. Enjoy a stroll through this quaint park space before crossing over to the commercial center of the city, where trendy chain stores like H&M and Topshop are ready to greet serious shoppers. There’s fine art and traveling exhibitions at the National Gallery of Scotland and Broadway shows and West End plays at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Europe’s largest theatre.
If you’re looking for family friendly activities during your stay in our hotels in Edinburgh, you’ll want to see the Penguin Parade at the Edinburgh Zoo, the sweeping grounds and flora of the Royal Botanic Gardens (which by the way, offers free admission), or the world-class exhibits and modern architecture of the Museum of Scotland. Of course, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without sampling the local fare. There’s vinegar-infused pub food, delicious fish and chips, and for the daring, deep friend haggis and deep fried pudding (blood sausage).
For a truly unique Scottish experience, book your Edinburgh hotel room during the summer festival season or popular Hogmanay New Years celebration. From the kilted pipers of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to the street concerts of Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there’s literally a festival for every interest and every mood.