Edinburgh is alive with history and culture and is home to fascinating tourist destinations. With an enviable location in the heart of the Scottish capital - let Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian be your starting point as you create extraordinary memories of your own in this iconic city.
- Museums & Galleries
- Music & Theatre
- Family Activities
Situated in Scotland's proud capital, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian offers a landmark destination close to a huge range of attractions and action-packed events. With an array of museums and monuments, there’s always something to see and do. Learn about Scotland's rich history in the National Museum of Scotland or climb Calton Hill and take in breathtaking panoramic views. Admire the city's grand monuments including Nelson Monument, the Observatory and the unfinished Acropolis.
Discover a perfect model of Georgian life in Edinburgh's beautiful New Town at The Georgian House. Leith waterfront boasts trendy bars and stylish restaurants. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia on Leith shore, once home to Her Royal Majesty The Queen.
Uncover Edinburgh's medieval legacy at Edinburgh Castle. Set on an extinct volcanic rock, the impressive Edinburgh Castle dominates the city's skyline and it is equally as impressive once inside. Climb Castle Rock and discover Edinburgh's long, rich history in a series of tours and re-enactments.
Palace of Holyrood House
Set at the end of the historic Royal Mile with a spectacular Arthur's Seat backdrop, The Palace of Holyrood House is the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and offers an interesting look into the lives of the Royal Family. Take the official tour of Scotland's official royal residence, highlighting both Holyrood's dramatic past and the Palace's important role today. In the company of an expert guide, groups may enjoy a private tour of the State Apartments before the Palace opens to visitors for the day. These tours offer a unique opportunity to go 'behind the ropes' in selected rooms not normally open to the public, including the West Drawing Room – a private sitting room used by the Royal Family. It is among the most beautiful rooms in the palace and boasts one of the finest 17th-century plasterwork ceilings.
Royal Yacht Britannia
This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Now in Edinburgh, you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of the most special of royal residences.
The Royal Mile
The name 'Edinburgh' comes from the ancient Gaelic 'Dun Eidyn', which means 'hill fort on the sloping ridge'. The Royal Mile runs down the East shoulder of this once active volcano and this is what gives the Royal mile its distinguishable geographical location. It was 325 million years ago during an ice age that the immense pressure of moving glaciers carved out its profile. The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. It starts at the Castle entrance and leads to the gates of Holyrood Palace, taking the form of several different streets along the way; Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand.
Greyfriar’s Kirk & Greyfriar’s Bobby
The heart-warming tale of Greyfriar's Bobby tells the story of a beloved Skye terrier. Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman. When John Gray died, he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard – the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk – and the loyal dog became known locally for spending the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave. Bobby is said to have sat by the grave for 14 years before he died in 1872 and was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave. A year later, the English philanthropist, Lady Burdett-Coutts, was charmed by the story and had a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue (commissioned from the sculptor, William Brodie) erected at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row, opposite the entrance to the churchyard, to commemorate him. Several books and films have since been based on Bobby's life, including the novel Greyfriars Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006).
Royal Botanic Gardens
An oasis of calm and beauty in the hustle and bustle of the city, Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect location for a peaceful afternoon. Originally a physic garden, it is now a world-renowned centre for plant science, horticulture and education, and extends over four gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants. A pleasure for all the family, the garden offers fantastic views of the capital's skyline. The Glasshouse tour is a particular highlight. The tour starts at the Victorian Temperate Palm House that dates back to 1858 and is one of the tallest traditional palm houses ever built. The garden's 10 magnificent glasshouses each have a different climatic zone, from steamy tropics to arid desert, and are home to 3,000 exotic plants from around the world including a 200-year-old palm tree.
The Old City Observatory, Calton Hill
In addition to the famous monuments on Calton Hill, the old City Observatory is a wonderful building to discover. Inspired by a Greek temple of the Four Winds, the building was designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818. The first Astronomer Royal to work in this building was Professor Thomas Henderson, appointed 1834, who discovered how to measure parallax and the distance to a star while in his previous job in South Africa. Edinburgh's City Observatory, also known as the Playfair Observatory, is a fascinating place where the optimism and excitement of early scientific advances can still be felt.
Edinburgh Vaults & The Real Mary Kings Close
While exploring the sights of the city above ground, you may be unaware of the city's deepest secret; a warren of hidden streets and spaces which have remained frozen in time underground since the 17th century. Take this magnificent tour and uncover the lost world of Edinburgh.
St Giles’ Cathedral
Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic principal church of the city. With its famed crown spire, this magnificent creation stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House, dominating the city's landscape. The architecture is breathtaking and the atmosphere unrivalled.
A spectacular landmark on the Edinburgh skyline, Scott Monument stands proudly on Princes Street just a short distance away from the hotel. Built to commemorate the legendary writer Walter Scott, it is the largest monument to a writer in the world. There are 287 steps to the top of the monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside.
In the heart of the Old Town and part of the World Heritage Site sits the Scottish Parliament, an impressive building showcasing spectacular modern architecture. The parliament building is free to visit with tours, a shop and the Parliament Cafe. Guided tours are available and visitors can even visit the debating chamber on certain days of the week to see parliament live in action.
St Cuthbert's Church
Situated directly opposite the hotel, hidden among the trees of the gardens is the imposing St Cuthbert's Parish Church. The present church was built in 1892 when traces of at least six earlier church buildings were found. Inside, the particular attractions are the apse and rounded vault, with ceiling paintings, an alabaster frieze of the Last Supper, a stunning stained glass window, by Tiffany of New York, depicting David on his way to slay Goliath, and an 18th century Chapel where Agatha Christie was married in 1930.
Rosslyn Chapel is a Category A listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument located in the village of Roslin, approximately 7 miles south of Edinburgh. Built between 1446 and 1484, it has been described as an 'Architectural Wonder' and a 'Library in Stone'. Practically every surface of Rosslyn Chapel is covered with carvings of individual figures and scenes. People travel from all over the world to see the carvings, and there are many different interpretations of their meanings.