Towering over the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle is the city's number one tourist attraction. It's easy to see why. The 20-building complex combines history, a wonderful view of the city and more than a little intrigue.
About Edinburgh Castle
There has been a royal palace on the Castle Rock since the 12th century. However, most of the current buildings were constructed during the 16th century and later. The primary exception to this is St. Margaret's Chapel, built in the early 12th century and the oldest building in Edinburgh.
The highlight of any visit to the Edinburgh Castle complex is the Royal Palace itself. This edifice contains the royal apartments used by the Stewart monarchs, the Crown Room, which houses the Scottish crown jewels, the room where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI and the dramatic King's Dining Room.
Other buildings of interest in the Castle compound include the National War Museum of Scotland and the Great Hall, once home of the chief assembly in Scotland. Edinburgh Castle is also the site of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a Scottish cultural presentation held during the summer with bagpipe concerts, dance and traditional folk music.
Visiting Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is located at the end of the Royal Mile and easily accessible via the Waverly and Haymarket light rail stations. The castle complex is open seven days a week, year-round. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April 1 to September 30 and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October 1 to March 31.
Admission to Edinburgh Castle is 16 pounds for adults (16 to 59 years), 9.60 pounds for children (6 to 15 years) and 12.80 pounds for those aged 60 and older and the unemployed. Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free. Admission includes entrance to all the buildings in the complex plus a guided tour.
Our fantastic quiet city centre location is only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile and all the brilliant tourist attractions with lots of bars and restaurants. Only 10 minutes walk to Edinburgh Castle. This is an ideal family hotel to enjoy our breakfast inclusive rates for up to two adults and two children with a great continental selection as well as sausages, scrambled eggs and beans.
In the heart of the Scottish capital, our distinctive Edinburgh boutique hotel is housed in a beautiful listed building dating from the 18th century. Step through our doors and you’ll see how our chic and contemporary interior reflects our surrounding area’s history and Edinburgh’s many modern-day festivals.
Ask our helpful Front Desk staff about the range of discounts available to Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre guests. You can save money on city bus sightseeing tours and get discounts at nearby restaurants. Children under 18 stay free in Family rooms.
The hotel is a collection of stunning Georgian Townhouses located in a peaceful location with spectacular views across to the Firth of Forth. Our hidden secret are the beautiful gardens at the rear of the hotel, where guests can experience some serenity in the middle of this bustling city!
With the Holiday Inn Edinburgh next door to Edinburgh Zoo, there is no better way to stay and see the new giant pandas recently arrived from China. The Zoo Package includes entry to see Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) in their fabulous new Panda enclosure. New this year is the upgraded penguin enclosure, and the return of the famous Penguin Parade.
Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh-Waterfront hotel. Our location in Leith Harbour is a peaceful base just minutes from Edinburgh's vibrant city centre and world-famous attractions including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street.
Hotel is conveniently located right next to Edinburgh International Airport with a transfer time that takes five to ten minutes by our 24-hour shuttle bus (£2.50 for a return journey fee). Breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi are always included for our guests during stay; a full dinner menu is available. Handy Park Stay and Go packages are a great value including long term airport parking.
Combine good value with a convenient location when you choose Holiday Inn Express Dunfermline. Breakfast and wireless Internet are included in your room rate and we're well-connected by train to Edinburgh and Glasgow.