Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - Waterfront

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Britannia Way, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

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Top Ten Attractions in Edinburgh

Historical grace meets contemporary elegance in Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the cobbled streets of Edinburgh are overlooked by some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Edinburgh has a unique charm and a spectacular skyline, which can be enjoyed from many of the vantage points around the city.

A fulfilling holiday awaits you in Edinburgh. Holiday Inn Express has chosen our top ten favourite attractions for you to enjoy on your trip to this great city.

1. Edinburgh Castle

Dominating the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle sits atop Castle Rock, an extinct volcanic plug that elevates the formidable fortress high above the rest of the city. One of the most visited attractions in Scotland, parts of the castle date as far back to the 11th century. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to this historical haven.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 3 miles

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2. Camera Obscura

A popular tourist attraction since 1853, Camera Obscura is a fascinating activity for people of all ages to enjoy. Situated on the Royal Mile, ascend into the Victorian rooftop chamber to witness a marvellous optical illusion. Through a large periscope, Edinburgh is caught and projected onto a viewing table. Absolutely fascinating, Camera Obscura is an asset to Edinburgh and definitely a must see!

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 3 miles

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3. Ocean Terminal

Located directly opposite Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront, Ocean Terminal is a venue where you can shop, play and dine whilst enjoying a stunning waterside location. After partaking in retail therapy in the 70 shops, why not take some time out in the day spa, or watch the latest blockbuster at the cinema? Ocean Terminal has an array of restaurants to eat in that will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters, and is also home to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: less than 1 mile

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4. The Scotch Whisky Experience

Become part of the whisky making process with the Scotch Whisky Experience. Discover the process behind making this famous Scottish beverage, as well as its history and heritage. Get a real sense of Scotland with one of the many tours available, which includes an individual tasting to help you find your favourite whisky.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 3 miles

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5. Royal Yacht Britannia

All aboard the Queen's royal floating residence!

Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia is a must when you're in Edinburgh. With an audio guide and lots of helpful staff on board, you'll get a great insight into the life of the Royal family. Explore the 5 decks including The Crew's Quarters and The Engine Room and then grab a cake and cuppa in the Royal Deck tea room. You wont be disappointed!

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 0 miles

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6. Edinburgh Zoo

Where monkeys swing from the trees and penguins march and play, Edinburgh Zoo is home to a wide variety of exotic and wonderful creatures. Set within beautifully landscaped hills, the zoo provides a safe environment for many endangered species of wildlife. A trip to Edinburgh Zoo is fun for the whole family, where you can see some of the most fascinating animals in the world.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 5 miles

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7. The Real Mary King's Close

A haunting encounter awaits you at The Real Mary King's Close. Edinburgh's Old Town is made up of narrow, winding streets known as closes. Mary King's Close was eventually submerged underground and built on top of over, creating a shroud of mystery and interest. Frozen in time since the 17th century, touring The Real Mary King's Close is a haunting step back in time which is both fascinating and chilling.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 2 miles

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8. National Museum of Scotland

Whether you're a dinosaur lover or you're a technology buff, you'll find something of interest to you in The National Museum of Scotland. The Art, Design and Fashion galleries explore fashion through the ages and you can strut your stuff down your own catwalk. Want to learn more about how the world works? Head to the Natural World gallery where you'll be welcomed by a giant T Rex. This is a great day out for the full family.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 2.8 miles

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9. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

With a collection of over 15,000 plants, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been caring and growing plants since 1670. The stunning gardens are the perfect place to will away an afternoon and unwind, whilst being surrounded by beautiful greenery and flowers from throughout the world. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge, meaning you get to make the most of your visit without opening your wallet!

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 1 mile

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10. The Edinburgh Dungeon

Looking for a thrill? The Edinburgh Dungeon is both terrorising and immense fun. Compromising of a tour and heart racing rides, the dungeon is suitable for people of all ages. Your journey begins with a sentencing from the judge, before being subjected to gore and torture. Come face to face with the ghosts of Mary King and William Wallace until finally, plunging to your doom.

Distance from Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront: 2 miles

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