Edinburgh City CentreView of the City from Calton Hill
The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.
The Beuty spots recommended by Private House Stays in Edinburgh are linked below:
Home to flagship stores such as Debenhams, Frasers, Zara, Primark, Marks and Spencer and the historic Jenners, this is a great location to keep up with High Street fashion. Princes Street Gardens is the venue for seasonal markets including the Traditional German Christmas Market while the Edinburgh Farmers Market selling fresh, home grown produce is held every Saturday from 9am - 2pm in nearby Castle Terrace. - See more at:
The City of Edinburgh Council Museums and Galleries is made up of thirteen varied and fascinating venues. In addition, the service looks after around 200 historic monuments and attractions throughout Edinburgh. In addition to the art Galleries and Museums linked below, Private House Stays also recommends: The Collective Gallery, The Stills Gallery, John Knox House, The Russell Collection of Keyboard Instruments and The Scottish Genealogy Society Library. We hold, care for and develop rich and varied collections relating to the historical and cultural life of Scotland’s Capital. Our venues also boast an exciting and vibrant programme of events and exhibitions, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Happy browsing and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our venues very soon!
- National Gallery
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- National Portrait Gallery
- Gladstones land
- The Georgian House
- City Arts Centre
- Surgeons Hall Museum
- Scottish Mining Museum
- Cousland Smiddy
- Cramond Heritage exhibition
- Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library
- Museum of Childhood
- National Museum of Scotland
- National War Museum
- Newhaven Heritage Museum
The obvious Ancient castle in Edinburgh is Edinburgh castle which dominates the rocky crag above Princes Street. It is worth visiting just for the view over the city from the battlements, but it can be quite tourist congested, a little expensive and not especially well laid out in the museum exhibits that include the Scottish crown jewels.
Gardens are defined in city areas to include public parks. In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Holyrood Park which contains Arthurs seat (Edinburghs mini-mountain) which is greatly recommended for walking up starting from Holyrood Palace. It usually takes about 50 minutes to ascend and about 25 minutes to descend. Princes Street gardens which run alongside Princes Street from Waverley Bridge to nearly reaching Lothian road. There is a flower clock and it is a good location to watch the trains coming and going from Waverley station. Inverleith park is not especially exciting but does have the perfect view of Edinburgh castle for watching the fireworks that conclude the Edinburgh Festival, usually in the first week of September.
As you expect when you consider Edinburghs cultural history, the city is stuffed full of historically important churches. The John Knox House museum on the Royal mile should also be mentioned in this section and the other church worth mentioning, that is not linked below, is St Peters Church.
Mansion houses open to the public often have fantastic gardens that go with impressive interiors or significant architecture. You will often find in them some valuable furniture, paintings, huge tapestries and examples of curios that illustrate life from previously opulent times.
The Entertainment Festivals and Venues available in Edinburgh are linked below. The venue without a link is The Hub at the top of the Royal mile.
The Scott Monument on Edinburgh's Princes Street is greatly recommended for a visit. You get to climb right up to its highest point on an internal staircase and get to view all sorts of curious references to Scott's work within the stonework. The view from the top is lovely. The other monuments within Edinburgh that have merit are The Melville Monument in St Andrews Square, The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill and the Corstorphine Dovecot Heritage site.
The tourist attractions that are recommended by Private House Stays that are particularly suitable for children are linked below: The attractions that still have interest but less suitable for children are The Scottish Parliament, The National Library of Scotland, The Royal Observatory and The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre.
Bells Brae House
A 16th Century miller's house offers an idyllic, luxury retreat in the heart of the city.Rural tranquillity five minutes from Princes Street. - Find out more
Doris and Ed Crook are offering one double bedroom with an adjacent private bathroom in their new location on the South side of Edinburgh - Find out more
11 Belford Place
Situated just 10 minutes walk from Edinburgh city centre, this lovely bed and breakfast sits along a quiet country lane close to the Water of Leith. - Find out more
Ravensdown Guest House
a friendly and stylish guest house, run by David (Scottish) and Yoka (Dutch) providing guest house accommodation in central Edinburgh. - Find out more
The Town House Edinburgh
The Town House is located in central Edinburgh near to the Kings Theatre and Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre (EICC) The Castle is a fifteen walk via the old town.. - Find out more