May Queen and Green Man at Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh

Visiting the Beltane Fire Festival 2020

If you find yourself in Edinburgh on 30th April you could be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a step back in time. By a good couple of centuries, at least! Because this is the night when thousands of spectators make their way to the top of the iconic Calton Hill to welcome in the summer. […]

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What's on in Edinburgh this Spring?

Welcome to Edinburgh in Spring 2020 We love Edinburgh in spring, as the nights become lighter and the weather a little warmer. The entire city undergoes a blossoming, colourful transformation. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils burst forth and frosty gardens are carpeted with drops of white, yellow and purple as far as the eye can see. […]

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Romantic Things to do in Edinburgh this Valentine’s

Edinburgh is a truly beautiful city, famous for its amazing architecture and picturesque views. So, no wonder it is such popular destination for couples at this time of year. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and if you’re looking for romantic things to do in Edinburgh, help is at hand. Romantic things […]

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Unmissable Edinburgh Festivals 2020

We are about to begin a whole new year in Edinburgh! So, let’s take a look at some of the must-see Edinburgh festivals of 2020. One for every month of the year! January: Burn’s Night Burn’s Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Every year, on […]

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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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Things to do in Edinburgh this Winter

Spending Winter in Edinburgh With the long summer days behind us and chilly nights ahead, we know just how tempting it is to head for the covers, snuggle down and wait for the winter months to pass. But with so many wonderful things happening all over the city, spending winter in Edinburgh is its own […]

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Things to look forward to in Edinburgh this Autumn

Experience Autumn in Edinburgh 2019 There is something magical about autumn in Edinburgh. The city is awash in hues of red and gold. The streets are quieter as the summer festivals are over for another year. And like the calm before the festive storm, the city takes a collective sigh of relief. A crisp autumn […]

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Edinburgh’s Best Museum and Gallery Exhibitions 2019-20

Fascinating Edinburgh Museum Exhibitions and Gallery Displays Edinburgh is full of culture and history, and there is plenty to see and do in our beautiful city. Bursting with museums, art galleries, theatres, attractions and live music venues, there’s something for everyone here. With a collection of Edinburgh museum exhibitions open to the public all year […]

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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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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 Calton Hill’s New Collective Gallery

A familiar building to anybody living in or visiting Edinburgh, the Old City Observatory is finally enjoying a new lease of life. Left to crumble, the once decrepit ruin has become home to the Collective Gallery on Calton Hill, the latest Edinburgh art gallery to open in the capital. Collective Gallery on Calton Hill opens […]

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On the Hunt For Hidden Gems In Edinburgh?

So, you’ve already visited all the usual things to do in Edinburgh and you’re looking for something a little different? Well, if you’re on the lookout for hidden gems in Edinburgh, we’ve got a treasure trove of secrets to tell. Hidden Gems in Edinburgh Right on our Doorstep One of our favourite hidden gems in […]

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The Best Walks in Edinburgh this Autumn

Soak up Nature and History with Our Autumn Walks in Edinburgh The UK has had one of the best summers on record with glorious sunshine and warm weather. But, while summer might be winding down, according to the Met office, the warm temperatures are set to stay until October. So, this is the perfect time […]

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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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Visit Scotland from the USA and Canada

Scotland is a truly stunning world tourist destination. Visits from North America have soared in recent years, with more and more American and Canadian travellers taking their vacations in Scotland. Perhaps you have ancestral history in Scotland. You may have heard of our spectacular scenery, with magnificent mountains, glens and lochs to take your breath […]

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Romantic Views around Edinburgh

There’s no better way to surprise your partner than with a romantic weekend away. So, why not book a stay at Parliament House Hotel, and enjoy a romantic break in the heart of Edinburgh? Our historic city is bursting with romantic places and activities, from scenic views, to romantic dinners. We’ve put together some of […]

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Calton Hill Edinburgh

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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