Explore Edinburgh’s History

Published on 13th November 2015

People flock from far and wide to Scotland’s inspiring capital city. Edinburgh is steeped in history, from the myths and legends of the underground vaults to the deep-rooted traditions to the captivating tales of the old cobbled streets. On your next trip to Edinburgh, whether travelling for business or pleasure, discover the stories that have made Auld Reekie such a thrilling place to visit.

Dreamhouse serviced apartments give you the freedom to explore and, with apartments in Holyrood, West End and the City Centre, the wonders of the city are right on your doorstep.

Edinburgh Castle

Overlooking the city from its position atop the Mound, Edinburgh Castle is the capital’s most famous landmark. From the one o’clock gun, a canon fired at 1pm every day except Sunday since 1861, to the Crown Jewels, the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles, there are a number of fascinating stories to discover.

Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat

If there’s one thing Edinburgh’s not short of, it’s beautiful scenery. Holyrood Park, a short walk from the Royal Mile, is 640 acres of adventure. Guests and locals alike enjoy a hike up Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano and the park’s highest point at 251m above sea level. From this prime spot you can enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh and feel on top of the world.

The Royal Mile

Stretching from the Castle down to the palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. A hub of activity, especially during the summer months, you’re always going to see something interesting on this old cobbled street. Whether it’s a man on a unicycle juggling fire, the magnificent St Giles’ Cathedral or the fascinating tales of the mile’s adjoining cobbled closes, one thing’s for sure – you’ll never get bored.

Spooky Tours

Halloween may have passed but we still love a good scare! Edinburgh’s dark history has spurred on the creation of a number of ghost walks, underground tours and even ghost bus tours.

  • The Real Mary King’s Close takes visitors underground to a warren of hidden streets that were once the heart of Edinburgh and now lie uninhabited and shrouded in mystery
  • The Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour sharing the true tales of Edinburgh’s gruesome history, from grave robbers to ghosts to witches
  • The Ghostly Underground Tour explores the famous haunted Blair Street underground vaults where many a guest has had a paranormal encounter

Whatever you discover on your next visit, we hope you enjoy the magnificent city of Edinburgh. If you’re looking for accommodation that’s spacious, central and more cost-effective than hotels, get in touch, we’re more than happy to help!

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