PLACES TO VISIT AND STAY IN EDINBURGH

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, known for its rich history, culture and festivals, those who are visiting are never short of things to see and do. In 2016 “Auld Reekie” was voted the UK’s top tourist destination, in March there was a record number of 927,200 people coming through Edinburgh Airport.

Edinburgh has the perfect combination of old and new, the Edinburgh Castle and St Giles Cathedral makes up part of the Old Town. While in the New Town you can go up the Scott Monument and have full view of Edinburgh in all its glory, or if you fancy a wee walk you can nip up Carlton Hill.

If you want to find out more about Edinburgh’s history you can always count on Central Taxis drivers. Our drivers have a fountain of knowledge on the city from driving customers around the tourist sites. Some of our drivers have even gone on to qualify as taxi tour guides. Our tour guides can tailor a route to the sites you want to see or you can be guided around the gothic city and regaled with anecdotes about Edinburgh’s most famous passengers.

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PLACES TO STAY

Can’t decide where you should stay when you are in Edinburgh, why don’t you let us help you with some suggestions.

A stay at the Sheraton Grand is always something special. Our Scottish brasserie, One Square, serves delicious seasonal favourites, while our stylish bedrooms blend modern luxury with innovative technology. Home to One Spa, and with inspirational views of the Castle, the Sheraton is truly at the heart of Edinburgh.

To book head to: http//www.sheratonedinburgh.co.uk/

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city’s historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel’s convenient location in the city centre also means that you’re within 15 minutes’ walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city’s main thoroughfare, Princes Street. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating and unique city.

The hotel features 157 elegant refurbished en-suite bedrooms as of March 2017 – the perfect place to relax after the excitement and fun of Edinburgh. Pamper yourself at our luxurious spa, enjoy a meal in luxurious surroundings at our brand new Acanthus restaurant or sample a cocktail or two in our stylish bar.

To book head to: http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/

Stay on the historic Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, just a short walk to major city centre attractions. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is within walking distance of Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh’s famous shopping thoroughfare, Princes Street. Our hotel is also within easy reach of Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Park, just adjacent. The park’s highest point is the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Take a short walk to the top and find stunning views of this unique capital city.

From relaxation to business meetings -Each of our 238 stylish rooms and suites offer modern conveniences such as a pillow menu and free high-speed wireless Internet access. With two on-site restaurants, you won’t have to go far for a delicious meal either—or, if you prefer, just stay in and order room service.

When you’re not out exploring the Gothic architecture and stunning scenery of Scotland’s capital, book a massage or beauty treatment at Melrose Spa. Or work out at our Health Club, enjoying the state of the art gymnasium, heated swimming poll, steam room and sauna.

Our city centre hotel is a convenient meeting venue, just 13 kilometres from Edinburgh Airport (EDI). Allow our staff to help you select from our 8 impressive conference rooms for your next business or social gathering.

To book head to: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-edinburgh

The Raeburn was built in 1832 as an elegant Georgian family home and has now been transformed into an exquisite boutique hotel, boasting ten bedrooms, bar, restaurant, library, private dining and conference room and outside terraced area, the only one of its kind in the area.

The luxury, peace and relaxation of the spacious bedrooms offer the most tempting retreat, with classic quality reflected in Egyptian cotton bed sheets and heavy weight fluffy towels and dressing gowns. Bathroom fittings in the finest Victorian style and beautiful furnishings throughout the rooms present a picture of irresistible grace and elegance.

To book head to: http://www.theraeburn.com/

At Fountain Court Apartments, discover the space, freedom and flexibility of your very own Edinburgh apartment combined with the style of a hotel. Choose from a selection of 230 one, two and three bedroom properties with your own fully fitted kitchen, lounge and high-speed Wi-Fi, all available to book from just one night onwards.

To book head to: https://www.fountaincourtapartments.com/?utm_source=CentralTaxis&utm_medium=referral

PLACES TO VISIT

You’ll never be short of places to visit in Edinburgh, however we thought we would give you a little hand on some of the must see locations.

Scotland’s Best Attraction (VisitScotland).

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Discover how the Royal Family and 220 crew lived. See where princes, William and Harry, spent their holidays and where celebrities and world leaders were wined and dined. Five decks, fully accessible. Stunning Royal Deck Tea Room, Gift Shop. 20 minutes from the city centre.

For more information head to: www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, Set in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery will take your breath away.

For more information head to: https://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Beneath the Royal Mile, lies one of Edinburgh’s deepest secrets – The Real Mary King’s Close. This warren of hidden ‘closes’ or narrow streets where real people lived, worked and died, lay covered by the City Chambers for centuries, until in 2003 it opened as a fascinating new visitor attraction.

For years, the hidden closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and legends of unexplained occurrences and haunted happenings. However, research and archaeological evidence have revealed a truer story rooted in fact which, as is often the case, is more fascinating than any amount of fiction.

Discover Edinburgh’s hidden history in the company of a character guide on a one hour tour through these uniquely preserved 17th century streets and spaces.

Uncover some of the most dramatic episodes from Edinburgh’s incredible past and hear the real stories of the people who lived, worked and died on these closes.

How is it that streets that were once the bustling heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town came to be sealed off and hidden from sight? Find out at The Real Mary King’s Close…

 

For more information head to: https://www.realmarykingsclose.com/

Situated at the foot of Edinburgh’s spectacular Salisbury Crags, Dynamic Earth invites you on a journey back through space and time 15,000 million years ago. Fly over glaciers as they carve out the planet’s surface before outsmarting dinosaurs facing extinction. Feel the Earth move as a volcano explodes and experience the chill of Polar Ice. Embark on 4DVENTURE, Scotland’s only 4D experience, on an epic journey of contrasts. Touch, smell, feel the adventure as you fly from Polar regions too deep within the tropical rainforest, where a storm is brewing. End your adventure with a visit to our ShowDome Cinema with its 360° digital dome technology and thunderous surround sound.

For more information head to: http://www.dynamicearth.co.uk

‘Best Outdoor Adventure Experience 2017’

We are Scotland’s most thrilling Zorbing attraction. Located just 15 minutes from Edinburgh City Centre, we offer an exhilarating experience in an unforgettable location.

So, what is Zorbing? It is an extreme activity which involves two brave souls being securely strapped into a giant inflatable and ball hurtling downhill at 25mph. Experience the UK’s fastest downhill track in the safest way possible.

For more information head to: http://zorbedinburgh.co.uk/