Scotland's beautiful capital, with its rich mix of medieval and Georgian architecture, is the perfect stop for a city break. A city known for the beauty of its buildings and monuments (The medieval Old town and Georgian New Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site), Edinburgh has much to interest the visitor.
From its famous Castle and other historical buildings to its great shopping, the imposing crag of Arthur's Seat and its internationally renowned festival -- there's always something happening. As Scotland's capital, the country's parliament is located here, and there's a royal residence for whenever the Queen's in town. A City of international importance and renown, Edinburgh truly is a must-visit.
There are organised walking tours to help you get the most out of the city, but the traveller wishing to go off piste should have no problem finding something fascinating to see. The Royal Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit, and no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a tour of the castle or taking in the view from the top of Calton Hill. A wander in the Princes Street Gardens can refresh the spirit, or stimulate your mind with a trip to the Camera Obscura.
After all that sightseeing, you'll be wanting to relax and unwind. The city is full of quality restaurants and bars from fine dining establishments to cheap and cheerful cafes. Try the acclaimed Aizle or renowned chef Tom Kitchin's The Kitchin. For less exalted fare, locals swear by Oink and Papii for great-quality food. If retail therapy is more what's needed, Princes Street offers a unique shopping experience with world-class shopping on one side and panoramic views of the city on the other.
Edinburgh is well-stocked with four-star hotels. As well as all the chains you'd expect from Marriot to Radisson Blu (and all the competence and facilities you'd expect from these), the city also has a number of independents offering great service and beautiful rooms.
The Dunstane Hotel in Haymarket offers elegant rooms and a wonderfully personal feel, and the centrally located Fraser Suites, a converted townhouse, even gives guests the option of a small kitchenette if they don't feel like eating out (though the restaurant attached is superb).
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