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Although Edinburgh is compact, it packs a mighty punch of history, culture and the arts within its cobbled streets. The city fills with travellers every August here to enjoy the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where acts from around the world come together to make one of the greatest arts festivals in Europe. When the festival’s not on, you might find yourself wandering up to Edinburgh Castle, or exploring Arthur’s Seat. The University buildings are equally beautiful, and you’d be lucky to live in one of the charming Georgian style terraces in the New Town too. It’s a brilliant shopping destination with high street shops, vintage stores and designer outlets, and has brilliant transport links for exploring the rest of Scotland too.

Old Town

The Old Town does contain Edinburgh’s main attractions, including the Royal Mile and the Castle. For this reason you’ll find a variation of accommodation here, suiting everyone from budget travellers to weekend explorers. There are backpackers joints, 5 star hotel branches and boutique B&Bs for every budget.

New Town

The New Town runs parallel to the Old Town, and it’s only divided by Princes Street. The architecture changes over to Georgian from Medieval, and instead of winding alleyways, there are straight up commercial streets of shops and offices. It’s home to Edinburgh’s oldest department store, Jenners, as well as plenty of high street shops. It will be slightly cheaper to stay here, but it’s still one of the pricier locations in Edinburgh due to it being so central. You should also note many of the main bus tours in Edinburgh start off here, and it’s a great place to stay if you’re here for the Fringe Festival in August.

West End

This is an artsier district, with venues like the Ulster Hall, the Royal Lyceum and The Film House. There are B&B’s hiding between the Georgian terrace houses, which make a wonderful change to typical city hotels (don’t worry, there are some quality hotels here too). The West End sits on the end of both the Old and New Town, and it runs adjacent to the Haymarket area.

Stockbridge & Canonmills

These are two districts to the northeast of the old town, and they represent a quiet portion of the city. There are more independent shops up this way, and lots of B&Bs, hotels and apartments to rent out if you fancy a quiet nights sleep, and don’t mind walking into the centre.

Leith

This is the port to the northeast of Edinburgh, and really it’s a destination in it’s own right. You wouldn’t really stay there if you wanted to explore the city for a few days, but it’s a much more peaceful district than the centre. There are lots of outdoor adventures to have as well as a few top notch restaurants on the harbour, and the hotels and B&B’s here will keep you covered too.