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Express By Holiday Inn Edinburgh City Centre
1 Picardy Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

Best Western Braid Hills Hotel
134 Braid Road
Edinburgh, EH1 1JS

Radisson Sas Hotel Edinburgh
80 High Street The Royal Mil
Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
North Bridge Lothian
Edinburgh, EH1 1SD

The Scotsman Hotel
20 North Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1YT

Bank Hotel
Royal Mile 1 South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1LL

Jurys Inn Edinburgh
43 Jeffrey Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

Castle Apartments
493 Lawnmarket Royal Mile
Edinburgh, EH1 2PB

Grassmarket Hotel
94-96 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, EH1 2JR

Royal British Hotel
20 Princes Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2AN

Old Waverley Hotel
43 Princes Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2BY

Ten Hill Place Hotel
10 Hill Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

Apex City Hotel Edinburgh
61 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, EH1 2JR

Kenneth Mackenzie Suite
7 Richmond Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9ST

Apex International Hotel
31-35 Grassmarket
Edinburgh, EH1 2HS

The George Hotel
18-21 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PB

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About Edinburgh

The picturesque city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, was founded more than one thousand years ago. From its origins as a hill fort through its Renaissance cultural flourishing and its importance in Scotland's break from the Roman Catholic Church to its modern status as one of the most dynamic cultural cities in Europe, Edinburgh has enjoyed a rich and complex history.

Evidence of habitation in the area reaches back to the Bronze Age. The city is in part named for the hill fort that was erected prior to the 7th century. "Burh" means fort in Old English. The earliest records of a town date to the 11th century, and by the 12th century the city was growing rapidly. In the early 1500s, the wide-ranging interests of King James IV, which included poetry and dentistry, led to a capital with a thriving cultural and intellectual life. The later part of the century, however, was bloody, marked by a civil war over succession that lasted five years. In the 1600s, the city suffered again during the Third English Civil War.

In 1707, Scotland and England were joined, and the Scottish Parliament dissolved. Despite the controversy of the unification, it heralded a new age for Edinburgh, which became the center of the Scottish Enlightenment, another burgeoning time for both science and the arts. During the Victorian era, Edinburgh remained less industrialized than many UK cities, but its reputation, as a center for the arts, has continued to flourish well into the present century. Politically, calls for independence from the United Kingdom have resulted in the return of a Scottish Parliament in 1999.

The city is set against Scotland's central lowlands in the southeastern part of the country. To its north lies the Firth of Forth, an estuary that leads into the North Sea, and to its southwest range the Pentland Hills. Its climate tends to be mild, which is in part due to its nearness to the sea.

Edinburgh has a population of nearly half a million. Geographically, it is divided into a central Old Town and New Town as well as a largely residential area to the south. Its port, Leith, was merged with the city nearly 100 years ago. In 1995, Edinburgh's Old and New Towns were together named as a World Heritage Site.