British Holiday Information

Taking a Weekend Break in Edinburgh

This wonderfully vibrant and modern city is Scotland’s capital and a very popular place for taking a weekend break for a reason.  With its feet firmly planted in ancient roots, it has modern trendy bars, exciting nightlife, history aplenty, and many interesting attractions to offer any visitor here.

Edinburgh is full of interesting places to stay.  Many hotels are housed in historical buildings with wonderful architecture, and there are also guest houses and modern hotels to choose from.

Of course one of the biggest attractions in Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle perched up on the crag looking down over the city.  This impressive castle houses the National War Museum as well as the Stone of Destiny and is well worth a visit during your stay.

Across the Old and New Town areas of Edinburgh there are over 4,500 listed buildings including some really interesting architecture.  One historical place that makes for an interesting visit during your stay is the Edinburgh Vaults where you can see houses and businesses that existed back in the 18th Century and get a glimpse of Edinburgh as it used to be.

There are lots of open spaces in Edinburgh, and none more so that Corstophine hill which is home to the famous Edinburgh Zoo. Here you can see over 1000 rare and endangered animals as well as enjoying the 82 acres of parkland that slope down towards the city.

A little shopping rounds off most weekend breaks nicely, and there’s plenty on offer here as you might expect.  Princes Street has many well known shops as well as some quite exclusive ones you won’t find anywhere else, and there’s lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants here too if you want to take a break and have a drink or a meal.

Edinburgh has a good local bus service, and you can purchase a DayTicket from Lothian buses which gives you unlimited travel through the day in and around Edinburgh.  First Buses also offer a wide range of services here too.  If you’d like to see a little of the city with ease, then an Edinburgh bus tour may be right for you.  City bus tours begin from Waverly Bridge and tour round the city showing you the sights and pointing out some of the more famous places locally.

If you time your weekend trip right, you could enjoy one of the many festivals that take place in Edinburgh through out the year.  Everything from films to comedy to fatherhood is celebrated here, so it’s worth checking out the festivals calendar before you book your trip.