city breaks in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Breaks

An Edinburgh City Break Guide

Just a few hours away by train or one hour by plane, Edinburgh is a great city break destination, full of history, culture and plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is surrounded by beautiful scenery so if for some unknown reason the city gets too much, there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas. A round of golf in St Andrew's perhaps, or some adventurous sea kayaking on the Firth of Forth.

Whatever it is you enjoy, a city break in Edinburgh will be a great match.

Getting to, from and around Edinburgh

With flights to Edinburgh from £38 return, flying is the quickest way to get from Southern England.

Trains run regularly between many cities in the UK, including Leeds, London and Plymouth and is a great option if you don't have a car.

Driving to Edinburgh is another option, however, routes from the South of England can be long and tiresome.

Getting around Edinburgh can be easily achieved by bus or walking

Things to do in Edinburgh

With so much on offer in Edinburgh you won't get bored.

If you're visiting Edinburgh in Summer, there are plenty of festivals to keep you entertained. The famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a must see, and of course, if you can, the Highland Games should not be missed.

With so much history to discover, Edinburgh offers a number of tours that delves into the depths of its past. From hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tours to nightly ghost hunts, it will certainly keep you busy. Visiting with children? Edinburgh Castle is well worth a visit and would make a fantastic school project to study about.

Edinburgh is also a great city for shopping. The Jenners department store has become one of the city's landmarks since it was opened in 1838. Or if it's traditional Scottish wares you are after, the Royal Mile is the perfect place to pick up some wonderful souvenirs.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Like most cities, you can spend as little or as much as you like on your accommodation in Edinburgh. in the mid-range, the 4-star Apex Waterloo Place Hotel offers modern rooms in the heart of the city from £74 per night.

On more of the budget end the Tune Hotel Haymarket, a low-cost 3-star hotel within easy access of the city centre. If you fancy a luxury weekend, however, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh is a beautiful hotel in a picturesque part of the city with rooms from £97 per night.