Find out why Edinburgh is a place that many tourists fall instantly in love with

With a mixture of gothic architecture, beautiful open spaces, a strong sense of history and a fantastic arts offering, you’ll never be short of things to do in Edinburgh. There are two comfortable Novotel Edinburgh hotels to choose from, so book a room and enjoy a luxurious break in one of the UK’s most desirable cities.

the city centre
Edinburgh’s historic buildings and winding cobbled streets make the perfect backdrop for an evening stroll. take a walk along the royal mile, one of the most historic streets in the city, which extends between the royal residence at holyrood and the castle. alternatively, stroll along the more modern prince’s street, with its range of high street shops on one side and beautiful green gardens on the other. escape the hustle and bustle with a walk along pedestrianised rose street, where quaint pubs and adorable cafes serve up local specialties.
edinburgh tourist attractions
In many ways, Edinburgh castle, perhaps the most famous attraction in the city, is best viewed from afar. a walk along prince’s street offers a dramatic view of the ancient building perched atop its steep rock and allows you to imagine the great sieges and battles that have taken place here. if you want to view the interior of the castle, including the regal rooms of the royal palace and the magnificent great hall, then try to time your visit with the sounding of the one o’clock gun. since 1861 it has been fired at the same time every day to let passing ships know the time. just a few doors down along the royal mile you’ll find the camera obscura, which projects a live image of the surrounding streets through a giant periscope. then pay a visit to the eerie greyfriars kirkyard, a burial ground in the old town which houses several notable city residents and also became home to greyfriars bobby, the loyal dog who guarded his owner’s grave for 13 years after the man’s death. on neighbouring chambers street you’ll find the national museum of scotland, a treasure trove of artefacts from natural history, local history and world culture.
local tips
if the weather is pleasant during your Ednburgh getaway, take a walk around the base of grassy arthur’s seat and head to the village of duddingston, tucked away from the main city. the sheep heid inn has been serving real ale for over 600 years, and the food is hearty and delicious. thistle street is a small cobbled alley tucked away behind george street with fantastic restaurants, including local favourite hendersons, which serves tasty vegetarian food and deli delights.
edinburgh transport
the iconic waverley station sits right at the heart of the city, and welcomes regular trains from london’s kings cross. the airport is just outside of town and there are efficient links via bus or tram into the centre of town. travel around the city is easiest on foot, but there are also plenty of local buses run by lothian, as well as a new tram service. you can find more details on the edinburgh transport website.
eating & drinking
serving great cakes, jacket potatoes and sandwiches, the elephant house is the now-legendary café where j.k rowling escaped her chilly flat and wrote the first few chapters of harry potter. with beautiful views of the castle, you can get a sense of where she drew her inspiration. around the corner, their sister restaurant elephant & bagel is a student favourite for its good-value prices for quick bites. you can’t leave scotland without tucking into a plate of traditional haggis served with neeps and tatties (parsnips and potatoes), and if you’re ready to dive into local culture you can wash it all down with a delicious whisky. there are plenty of pubs along the royal mile that will be happy to help, and the royal mile tavern offers meat and vegetarian options in a cosy atmosphere.
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