Attractions

Edinburgh Tattoo 30 minutes from Hotel

We sell Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets

 

From its early days, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an international favourite.

Performers from over 48 countries have taken part in the Tattoo, and around 30 per cent of the 220,000 audience each year are from overseas.

Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.

In addition to this, the Tattoo has been televised in more than 40 countries. An annual television audience of 100 million watches the coverage worldwide.

The international flavour of the Tattoo has been deliberately developed as a key element in its capacity to entertain a huge, cosmopolitan audience.

The Tattoo's unique ability to bring together thousands of people for this annual celebration of music and entertainment continues to this day, and the public's appetite for pomp and ceremony shows no sign of diminishing.

Edinburgh Castle 30 minutes from Hotel

Standing on its great rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital.

Great events have taken place within its wall and it has witnessed many sieges.

To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom.

Iron Age warriors understood the rock’s military potential and built a hill fort here. Our oldest poetry tells of a war band which feasted here for a year before riding to death in battle.

During the Wars of Independence the castle changed hands many times. In 1314 it was retaken from the English in a daring night raid by Thomas Randolph, nephew of Robert the Bruce.

The castle was home to kings and queens. Queen Margaret (later St Margaret) died here in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, gave birth to James VI in the royal palace in 1566.

Her great-great-great grandson Charles Edward Stuart - Bonnie Prince Charlie - captured Edinburgh but couldn’t take the castle during the 1745-6 Jacobite rising.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland and is displayed in the Crown Room.

From the 1600s onwards the castle was a military base with a large garrison.

Later it also held prisoners of war.

Parts are still a military base, but the castle is now a world-famous visitor attraction and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

15 minutes from Hotel

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913.

Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre.

Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out.

You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913. 

Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. 

Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. 

You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.

- See more at: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/about-us/#sthash.9kKL2vOQ.dpuf

Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913. 

Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. 

Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. 

You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.

- See more at: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/about-us/#sthash.9kKL2vOQ.dpuf
Museum 25 minutes from Hotel
Where can you find the world’s most famous chess pieces, the oldest known reptile, a celebrity sheep, a coffin in the shape of a Mercedes Benz and over two million insects? It can only be in the collections of National Museums Scotland.

Our collections span five main subject areas: Art and DesignNatural Sciences, Science and TechnologyScottish History and Archaeology and World Cultures. These categories help us classify the 12 million objects in our care.

Dating back to 1780, when the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland was founded to document Scottish archaeology, our collections have since grown to encompass everything from aardvarks and artworks to zinc washboards and Zulu fishing boats.

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