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On Location: Famous Films Shot In Edinburgh

Discover These Great Movies Set in Edinburgh Edinburgh is very photogenic, with its historic architecture, magnificent castle and surrounding natural landscapes. So, it’s no surprise that the city is a popular film location. From modern-day classics to period pieces, our cobbled streets and ancient landmarks light up the screen. So, today we’re taking a look at some […]

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A Brief History of Edinburgh

Edinburgh history begins with dinosaurs Edinburgh is a magnificent city, packed with culture, architecture and festivals. How did such a city come about? Why does it exist like it does today? To answer these questions about Edinburgh’s history, we have to go all the way back 350 million years ago to when dinosaurs roamed the […]

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Your Edinburgh Questions Answered

Top 10 Edinburgh Questions Today we are answering some of the top Edinburgh questions that we regularly see online and hear from visitors. So, if you want to know how to find Edinburgh, what to do while you’re here, and how to get around, read on … Where is Edinburgh? Scotland is the most northerly […]

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A Guide To The Stars Of Our City

Famous Edinburgh Celebrities: Past and Present From the breath-taking Edinburgh Castle and Princess Street Gardens, to the historic hotels and famous pubs, Scotland’s magnificent capital is a star in its own right. But in addition to its many famous attractions, this vibrant city has been home to a number of Edinburgh celebrities and famous historical […]

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A Taste of Scotland

Traditional Scottish Food to try in Edinburgh When you’re visiting Edinburgh, you’ll find plenty of world cuisine to try. But no trip here is complete without a taste of traditional Scottish food! There are plenty of unique dishes to try in Edinburgh. We’ve got a few of the highlights for you. Haggis It may not […]

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The Write Stuff: Famous Edinburgh Authors

Our Favourite Edinburgh Writers Today is World Book Day. So, we’ve been looking at some of our favourite Edinburgh writers. Learning how they were inspired by our city, and how the city has celebrated them! Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) Rabbie Burns, perhaps the most famous Scots poet, was born in Ayrshire in the 18th […]

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Little Known Facts About Calton Hill

Part of A World Heritage Site When it comes to facts about Calton Hill, there is no better place to start than at the beginning. With its unique blend of old and new, Edinburgh was granted World Heritage Status in 1995. And home to many historic sites, Calton Hill is an important part of our […]

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Bizarre Edinburgh: Strange Facts you might not know

A Few Strange Edinburgh Facts  We all know there are plenty of interesting facts about Auld Reekie, but there are a fair few strange Edinburgh facts too. Here are some of our favourites … Home of the World’s Only Knighted Penguin One of Edinburgh Zoo’s resident king penguins also happens to be the official mascot […]

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Visiting Scotland: Expectation V Reality

Home to over 5.4 million people, there’s far more to Scotland than the Loch Ness Monster, haggis and bagpipes. If you’re visiting Scotland this year, you’ve probably heard a fair few rumours about what to expect. When it comes to expectation v reality, our guide to the real Scotland has a few surprises in store! […]

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Exploring Medieval Edinburgh

Edinburgh is steeped in history and heritage. Which is why it’s one of the most fascinating and beautiful capitals in the world. You can see Medieval Edinburgh in the city’s Old Town, where preserved historical buildings and streets form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Discover Medieval Edinburgh King David I founded Edinburgh’s Old […]

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Ghost Stories: The Great Lafayette

Halloween has arrived! And what better way to enjoy some spooky goings on than with a trip to Edinburgh Horror Festival? Here, you can watch spooky theatre shows, listen to ghost stories and take tours of our historic city’s famous haunted sites.  And, our central city accommodation is a short stroll into the city where you’ll […]

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Places in Edinburgh that inspired the Harry Potter stories

Searching for Harry Potter in Edinburgh Famed for its history and enchanting architecture, Edinburgh was the inspiration for much of the popular Harry Potter stories. Years before Potter-mania struck, J.K. Rowling sat in cafes in the city centre penning a manuscript destined to change the world. Today, visitors to Edinburgh can join the Potter Trail […]

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Edinburgh in Pictures: Famous Views

The Best Viewpoints in Edinburgh At Parliament House Hotel we feel very lucky to live and work in such a magnificent city. Edinburgh is stunningly beautiful day and night and all year round! So, we know many picturesque views all over the city. Here are some of te best viewpoints in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle and […]

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Sometimes Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Edinburgh is an ancient city with more than a few surprising tales to tell. And it’s safe to say that many of its true stories are indeed stranger than fiction. True Stories of Edinburgh So, let’s take a look at some of the most famous criminals in Edinburgh history. Interestingly all called William! But be […]

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What You Need to Know About Edinburgh Gin

Many associate the Scottish capital with Scotch Whisky. But did you know, our beautiful city is also well known for producing Edinburgh Gin? Fear not, whisky lovers. The Scotch Whisky Experience is still only a short distance away from us at Parliament House Hotel. But for those interested in the botanicals, let’s find out more […]

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Chasing Unicorns in Edinburgh

National Unicorn Day is upon us! This mystical creature has been part of Scottish history for decades. So, why not visit Edinburgh and discover how the beautiful unicorn became Scotland’s national animal? Just a short walk from our central Parliament House Hotel, there are plenty of Unicorn emblems and statues to look out for. Exploring the […]

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The Quirks of Our Historic Building

Parliament House is a historic hotel located at the foot of Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Our building is made up of several townhouses, connected together. Numbers 9 to 13 were built in the 1760s, while number 15 was built in 1908. Our buildings have had many uses over the centuries. From homes and offices, to […]

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Great Myths and Legends of Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh is famous for its legends and myths, from spooky hauntings to hidden underground streets. Built on seven hills, just like Rome, Edinburgh’s history dates back centuries. With a castle built atop a volcanic rock and a network of secret tunnels and streets, the city is full of mystery. So, with this, […]

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