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Short breaks in Edinburgh

Short breaks in Edinburgh

Use our Hand Picked Edinburgh visitor guide to plan your short break in Edinburgh. Take a midweek break in Edinburgh for the best rates available.


Hotels in Edinburgh

Norton House Hotel & Spa, Ingliston, Edinburgh

Norton House Hotel & Spa Edinburgh

Norton House Hotel Ingliston Edinburgh is a fabulous country house set in stunning grounds. Built in 1840, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Ingliston Edinburgh was always intended as a traditional country retreat, removed from the bustle of the city.


There is plenty to see and do in Edinburgh. This county has it all, a selection of top visitors attractions as well as spectacular gardens.

Things to do around Edinburgh

Edinburgh CastleDean Gallery (Mordern Two)

Dean Gallery (Now Modern Two of National Galleries Scotland) has a number of permanent collections. Such example includes the recreation of Eduard Paolozzi’s studio and a 7.3m tall sculpture called the Vulcan in the café. Modern Two is also the home to a number of archives which is open to the public by appointment..

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Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors to its rocky perch.Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years.

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Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is a major wildlife attraction in Scotland. It has over 1,000 animals and hosts a wide range of events and daily activities for you to enjoy.

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Palace of Holyrood HousePalace of Holyrood House

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland.


Royal Yacht BritanniaRoyal Yacht Britannia 

This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.

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House of BinnsHouse of Binns

The House of the Binns stands as a living monument to one of Scotland’s oldest families, the Dalyells, who have lived here since 1612. The family home of the Dalyell family for nearly 400 years. The house was gifted to the NTS in 1944, along with the Parkland, contents and an endowment, under the Country House Scheme by Eleanor Dalyell, who retained the right of the family to live in the house.

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Arthur's SeatArthur’s Seat

Arthur's Seat is one of the seven hills of Edinburgh and looming over the city which offer many different walks for everyone. Without question the best views are to the west over looking Edinburgh Castle, Old Town and the New Town. On a good day, the Ochil Hills beyond the Forth Road Bridge and the Firth of Forth can be clearly seen.

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Linthgow Loch & Palace KirkgateLinthgow Loch & Palace Kirkgate

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to the palace’s grand façades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace. The magnificent courtyard fountain has been carefully restored and is now on view to visitors. The loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extensive wildfowl population.

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Royal Botanic GardensRoyal Botanic Gardens 

Refresh your senses and explore the riches of the green kingdom at one of the world's finest botanic gardens. Journey through warmer climes in the Glasshouses or discover contemporary art at Inverleith House... there's something for everyone!

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Traquair House InnerleithenTraquair House Innerleithen

Dating back to 1107, Traquair was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. Later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror the Stuarts of Traquair supported Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause without counting the cost.

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Edinburgh International Climbing ArenaEdinburgh International Climbing Arena

Built against the stunning backdrop of a sheer quarry rock face amongst the rolling hills of Ratho, this truly awe-inspiring centre was the vision of architect David Taylor and keen climbers, Duncan McCallum and Rab Anderson. Their vision was realised in this magnificent building with keen attention to detail and in-keeping with the natural world outside.

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Mountain BikingMountain Biking

Glentress and Innerleithen in the Tweed Valley have a massive reputation for some of the best mountain biking in the UK and beyond.Glentress is probably the best biking centre in Britain, with brilliant trails of all grades, a top-notch cafe, a bike shop with bike hire, changing and showering facilities, and a great atmosphere.

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Mountain BikingOur Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth is an interactive exhibition that takes you through a journey of our planet’s past, present and future using 4D and 3D mediums.

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