With more than 1,000 rare and beautiful animals, Edinburgh Zoo offers a fantastic day out for all. From the Penguins Rock to the Giant Panda Experience, there is plenty to explore and learn at Scotland's largest and most exciting wildlife attraction.
Our Dynamic Earth
Enjoy the most fantastic journey on Earth at one of Scotland’s hottest attractions. Our Dynamic Earth offers an interactive experience that will engage, excite, and teach even the most reluctant! You will dive deep beneath the oceans, get caught in a tropical rainstorm, become shaken by earthquakes, and even fly over glaciers. You will have the opportunity to travel back in time and witness the Big Bang with the brand new Deep Time Machine.
This immersive experience costs £13.50 for adults (16+) and £9.00 for children (3-15) on the door, however tickets can be purchased slightly cheaper online. Opening times are dependent on season but are roughly 10am – 5.30pm. Our Dynamic Earth is situated a swift 10 minute walk from Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel.
The ultimate thrill-filled journey through Scotland’s murky past! The Edinburgh Dungeons brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.
‘On the door’ tickets cost £17.50 for adults aged 16 and above, with a child ticket (under 15) costing £13.50. Cheaper online tickets are available. Opening times are dependent on season as well as day of the week, take a look at the full list of opening hours. The Dungeons are just under a five-minute walk from our hotel in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle sits in the heart of the city and is arguably the centre of Scottish culture and heritage. Affording beautiful views of Edinburgh city centre, as well as offering a fantastic day of immersion into Scottish history, this castle is an attraction that just should not be missed.
An adult ticket costs £16 for over 16s with a child ticket costing £9.60 for ages 5-15. Edinburgh Castle opens 9.30am – 6pm (closing an hour earlier October- March) with last entry one hour before closing time. The Castle is an enjoyable 15 minute walk from our hotel in Edinburgh.
Travel back to 1926 as you explore the artefacts, ornaments, collections, artwork, and elegant furniture of Lauriston Castle. With parts of the castle dating as far back as 1593, the family home has a long history, however, today the interior reflects the décor of its last owner and is filled with Eastern carpets, intricate line engravings, Crossley wool mosaics, and Southern Italian furniture. The exterior offers beautiful views from the garden, overlooking Firth of Forth and Cramond Island.
The castle is only available by guided tours, which run at 2pm Sunday to Thursday, April to October, and at the same time on weekends only November to March. The tour costs £5 for adults and £3 for children, and Lauriston Castle is a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
This magnificent Baroque palace offers a fantastic day out for all visitors. Grand, stunning, and bursting with Scottish history, Palace of Holyroodhouse is a popular Edinburgh attraction because of its close link with Scotland's monarchy as well as being home to the famous Mary, Queen of Scots.
Adventure onto the crags and hills of Holyrood Park. Set high above the city with breath-taking vistas of Edinburgh below, the park offers a refreshing walk amongst the natural landscape, as well as thousands of years of history and archaeology. Head to Arthur’s Seat (the highest point of Holyrood at 251 metres above sea level) for panoramic views of the city and beyond, visit the medieval ruin of St Anthony’s Chapel, or enjoy the tranquillity of St Margret’s Loch – Holyrood Park offers a great day out for the whole family.
Jurys Inn Edinburgh is a 11-minute walk from Holyrood Park.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Set amongst 70 acres of lush landscaped grounds, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is ‘renowned for its horticultural excellence’ and ‘provides a tranquil haven’. Just two miles (15 minutes drive) from Jurys Inn Edinburgh, the garden is filled with a range of different plants and flowers from around the world, including wild-origin Chinese plants, a Scottish Heath Garden (recreating the landscape of the highlands), Rock Garden, Herbaceous Border, and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Garden
Explore the diverse range of glasshouses, from the beautiful Victorian Temperate Palm House to the Rainforest Riches, or stroll the Arboretum and Woodland Garden. The garden is free to enter but the glasshouses admission costs £5.20 for adults (children under 15 enter for free), opening times for the garden and glasshouses vary depending on the time of year.
Edinburgh Ghost Tour
Explore Edinburgh under a different light with the terrifying and exciting Ghost Tours. Discover every ‘nook and cranny’ of this fantastic city, learning along the way stories of mysterious happenings and historical events. The Ghost Tours offer a great day out for all, immersing yourself in the long and rich history of the old town as you enter a world of witchcraft, ghosts and the plague.
Ticket prices depend on the tour you choose, varying roughly between £8 and £14 for an adult, but please take a look their online booking for specific prices. The Ghost Tours start at The Mercat Cross just outside St Giles Cathedral, under a ten minute walk from our Edinburgh hotel.