Crowd enjoying a summer gig

The Biggest Concerts in Edinburgh this Summer

Edinburgh Summer Concerts 2020 If you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh this summer, we’ve got good news! There are some fantastic Edinburgh summer concerts on the agenda. And of course, there’s the summer festivals too. Edinburgh Castle Concerts Every summer, the esplanade at the castle is transformed into a venue for gigs in Edinburgh. Where […]

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Visit Edinburgh in July

We Love Edinburgh in July! If the hustle and bustle during the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe isn’t for you … why not come to Edinburgh in July instead? Quieter, cheaper and a much more relaxing experience, there’s still loads happening! The sun is usually shining and there are loads of things to do […]

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Light up your Winter with these Dazzling Illuminated Trails

Edinburgh Winter Light Trails This winter, be dazzled and delighted by one of Edinburgh’s spectacular winter light trails. Walk through a trail of illuminated lanterns, light installations or projections and experience something truly special and unique. The perfect way to light up the darker winter evenings! Chinese Lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo Edinburgh Zoo is illuminated […]

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Not-to-miss St Andrew's Day Events in Edinburgh

St Andrew, or Andrew the Apostle, is the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew’s Day on 30th November each year, is Scotland’s national day. It’s an official bank holiday and traditional Scottish events are held across the country in his honour. The perfect activity if you’re visiting Scotland and looking to experience some of our […]

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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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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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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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Old Graveyards to visit in Edinburgh

Historic Edinburgh Graveyards Edinburgh graveyards are fascinating places to visit. You can learn about the lives people led hundreds of years ago from their gravestones. Old Calton Burial Ground was first used in 1718. People buried there include famous philosopher David Hume and scientist John Playfair. The Political Martyrs Monument sits in the burial ground, and you […]

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Fascinating Edinburgh Palaces and Castles

Historic Palaces and Castles in and around Edinburgh If there is one thing Scotland isn’t short of, it’s castles. Edinburgh Castle may be top of your list, but there are many equally fascinating castles and palaces to visit. So to help you uncover the torrid history of Scottish royalty, here are our favourite castles in […]

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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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New Year’s Resolutions for Edinburgh 2019

New Year is just around the corner. And we think it’s time to plan some New Year’s resolutions you really will want to stick to. And, where better to enjoy those resolutions than in our fantastic historic Scottish capital? So, book one of our comfortable rooms at Parliament House Hotel, and start ticking off items […]

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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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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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Glasgow or Edinburgh: Which City to Visit?

Visiting Glasgow or Edinburgh? Do Both! If you’re planning to visit Scotland, you’ll want to take in the sights of some our fantastic cities. If you can’t decide between Glasgow or Edinburgh, visit them both! At Parliament House, you can enjoy a central stay in historic Edinburgh, whilst being within easy reach of vibrant Glasgow. […]

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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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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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