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Grassmarket

The historic Grassmarket Square in the Old Town of Edinburgh is a pleasing admixture of old and new culture. What started as a medieval cattle market has recently been transformed into one of the city’s main shopping streets. Here, everyone from students to the elderly enjoy the many pubs, restaurants and retail shops that now dominate the area. Grassmarket has a decidedly youthful energy, and many restaurants and drinking establishments offer prices that cater to the many students living there. Situated in the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle, this former livestock market combines the best of historically significant sights with the some of the best eating, drinking and shopping in the city.

  • Walk to Edinburgh Castle, which towers above Grassmarket from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock.
  • Stroll down to nearby Cowgate, a famous street where cows were once herded and visit the Magdalen Chapel and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.
  • Take a ghost tour, where guides will provide spooky and sometimes humorous explanations of the witchcraft and folklore that surround the Old Town of Edinburgh.

Since Grassmarket is situated at the heart of the Old Town it can easily be reached on foot, car or bus. Grassmarket is well connected by a number of major roadways so reaching it by car, or one of the open air double decker buses will not be a problem. For the very adventurous there is a chauffeur driven three-wheeled motorbike tour of Edinburgh. However, the sheer number of historical attractions and interesting sights makes foot travel the best option, as it will allow visitors to meander at their own pace and stop for the occasional pint and chat with the locals, who act as personal tour guides for the city.

Hotels in Grassmarket

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From US$161

1 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 50 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh enjoys a prestigious location at the east end of Princes Street, just minutes from both transport links and city amenities. The recently opened luxury... More

Central location but impersonal stay
pros: - easy to find - central location for sight seeing Edinburgh - large rooms make it easy for international travelers with many suit cases Cons: - when we received our room most of the lights...
24 Jun 2015
From US$139

2 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Excellent location in Edinburgh
Nice hotel with friendly personell, centrally placed in the old town of Edinburgh. Excellent full scottish breakfast
4 Mar 2015
From US$116

3 The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

34-38 York Place Map

FREE WiFi

Whether in Edinburgh for a business trip or a much-awaited break, discerning travellers find it convenient to stay in the comfortable and ideally located accommodations of The Place Edinburgh.... More

Great location for the Fringe
We stayed in one of the top floor rooms during the Fringe Festival in 2015 and the room was lovely - very small, but cozy. Modern amenities, quite a spacious bathroom, great shower and a beautiful...
6 Apr 2015
From US$155

4 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

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The hostel is newly refurbished, modern and high-spec, but more importantly, right in the heart of Edinburgh! You can see Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping thorough fare, from the... More

From US$185

5 The Scotsman Hotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 32 reviews

20 North Bridge Map

Late Deal - 10% OFF

The Scotsman Hotel Edinburgh is an ideal base for exploring the city's cultural, historical and renowned shopping facilities. Places of interest including the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland,... More

weekend break
Very friendly staff. Good location for train station. Clean tidy room.
1 May 2015
From US$104

6 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 2 Save 15%

Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

Great location, but noisy!
The location was fantastic, the room size was more than adequate, bed very comfortable and other amenities were great. The biggest drawback was the lack of double glazing to stop the street noise -...
20 Jun 2015
From US$108

7 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

From US$122

8 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

Great location, comfortable room but poor bar and limited parking
This hotel is located right in the middle of Grassmarket in Edinburgh which is ideal for exploring the city and a very nice location. The parking spaces were limited which meant that once you had...
3 Sep 2014
From US$86

9 Ballantrae Albany Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 12 reviews

37 - 49 Albany Street Map

FREE WiFi included

Ballantrae Albany Hotel Edinburgh is a classic retreat equipped with modern comforts set centrally in this heritage-rich and vibrant Scotland capital. Ideal for a short visit or long-term stay,... More

Great hotel
Me and my partner loved hotel, good location and great sized room, will definately book hotel again
7 Jan 2015
From US$195

10 Fountain Court Royal Garden

4 stars
4.5 / 5 10 reviews

York Buildings Map

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Fountain Court Royal Garden's location enables guests to visit local attractions of the city like Princes Street, the Scott Monument, the Castle, City Galleries and Omni Entertainment Centre. ... More

Good but needs attention to detail
We were luck enough to have one of the newly fitted out rooms, we were very impressed. Great location, friendly staff who were very happy to help, and find someone who knew the answer if they...
26 Apr 2014
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