Things to do in Edinburgh

The King James hotel in Edinburgh city centre is located near the world-famous Princes Street and a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Whether you’re here for work or pleasure, to visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or to see in the New Year at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, you’re guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome and easy access to a huge variety of historic, cultural and leisure activities.

Events near Thistle Edinburgh, King James for 2014:

EVENT                                                                                   DATE               LOCATION                              
Scotland v England 8th February 2014 Murrayfield
Scotland v France 8th March 2014 Murrayfield  
Edinburgh Marathon 25th May 2014 Edinburgh City
Ryder Cup 26th - 28th Sept 2014 Gleneagles
One Direction 3rd June 2014 Murrayfield
Evita 27th Jan - 8th Feb 2014 Edinburgh Playhouse
Priscilla Queen Of the Dessert   3rd March – 8th March 2014 Edinburgh Playhouse
West Side Story   18th March – 29th March   2014 Edinburgh Playhouse
Royal Highland Show 19th – 22nd June 2014 Inglisten, Edinburgh
Wicked 19th Nov – 3rd Dec   2014 Edinburgh Playhouse

Edinburgh Festival  
1st – 31st August  2014 Edinburgh City
Royal Highland Show 19th – 22nd June 2014 Inglisten, Edinburgh
Holyrood Week   30th June – 3rd July 2014 Holyrood Palace

Edinburgh Tattoo
1st – 23rd August 2014 Edinburgh Castle
Season Fireworks 31st August 2014 Edinburgh Castle

Christmas Market
December Edinburgh City
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Arts & Culture

  • National Museum of Scotland - 0.5 Miles

    The new multi-million pound museum opened in July 2011 and is one of the UK's best days out. It takes you on a journey of discovery through Scottish history, the natural world, world culture, science & technology and art & design.

  • The Playhouse Theatre - 0.3 Miles

    A former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working theatre in terms of audience capacity.

  • The King's Theatre - 1.3 Miles

    Opened in 1906 and stands on a prominent site on Leven Street. It is one of Scotland's most historic and important theatres. It plays a vital role in today's theatre industry as much as it has done in its 100 years of service to Edinburgh’s theatre patrons.

  • The Festival Theatre - 0.5 Miles

    The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street and is used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups. It is one of the major venues of the annual summer Edinburgh International Festival and hosts the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet.

  • The Scottish National Gallery - 0.6 Miles

    The Scottish National Gallery is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. It houses Scotland’s national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century.

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe - 0.3 Miles

    The largest arts festival in the world transforms Edinburgh with live theatre and comedy performances in the streets and across over 250 venues around the city. Unmissable.

Local Attractions

  • Scottish Whiskey Experience - 0.6 Miles

    Take a barrel ride as you actually become part of the whisky making process. Journey through gently swaying fields of barley and on to the warmth of the Malt Kiln with its lingering smell of burning peat.

  • Edinburgh Zoo - 5.7 Miles

    Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out.

  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - 0.3 Miles

    A unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre set against magnificent Edinburgh Castle combine to create one of the world’s greatest shows.

Outside of the city

  • Deep Sea World - 14.6 Miles

    A popular aquarium located in the village of North Queensferry. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark.

  • East Links Family Park - 42.5 Miles

    A great family day out less than 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh towards Dunbar on the coast. Take a ride on the train safari where you can feed the farm animals, or on one of the small ponies. Plenty to see and do for all ages.


  • Princes Street Gardens - 0.4 Miles

    A public park in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. They are the best known gardens in the city and hold various concerts and other events at the Ross Bandstand including the Festival Fireworks Concert and Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

  • Holyrood Park - 2.0 Miles

    A wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur’s Seat is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago and provides spectacular views of the city. The park is a scheduled ancient monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


  • St. James' Shopping Centre - 0.0 Miles

    Located in the heart of Edinburgh's cosmopolitan city centre, and offering a distinctive mix of stores and high street labels, surrounded by classic and modern architecture, historical monuments and designer boutiques. Under one roof, you will find more than 600 brands and something for everyone.

  • Princes Mall Shopping - 0.3 Miles

    Princes Mall Shopping Centre is one of the premier shopping destinations in Edinburgh, conveniently located just off Princes Street near to Waverley Station. This is the only indoor shopping venue on Princes Street.

  • Princes Street - 0.9 Miles

    The city’s main shopping street is the most southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town. The street is mostly closed to private cars, with public transport given priority. The street has virtually no buildings on the south side, allowing panoramic views of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, and the valley between.

  • George Street - 1.0 Miles

    From fashionista's favourite Harvey Nichols in St. Andrew Square, to star-studded jewellers such as Hamilton & Inches and Laings, George Street has it all going on. And when day turns to night, the street comes alive with well-groomed partygoers who flock to the area's many stylish bars.


  • Murrayfield - 3.8 Miles

    Home of Edinburgh Rugby, and the national Scottish RFU team. Sample the best Scottish atmosphere and hospitality for international rugby.

Tourist Spot

  • Dynamic Earth - 0.9 Miles

    Our Dynamic Earth invites its visitors on the journey of a lifetime. Visitors will have the Mother Earth of all adventures as you travel back to explore our planet’s past, embrace our planet’s present and predict our planet’s future. Hold our future in your hands as we open your mind to the realities of climate change.

  • Edinburgh Castle - 0.9 Miles

    Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The Castle has a range of visitor attractions including tours and a museum of the cities history making it the perfect place to visit for all the family.

  • The Royal Mile - 0.3 Miles

    Edinburgh's famous and historic Royal Mile offers a wide range of interesting Shops, Bars, Restaurants, and much more to excite and interest all the family.

  • Edinburgh International Festival - 0.6 Miles

    The finest in classical music, theatre, opera and dance gather to present one of the most innovative and accessible festivals of the performing arts anywhere in the world.

  • Edinburgh Dungeons - 0.3 Miles

    Exciting, scary and fun – delve into Scotland’s bloody history at the Edinburgh Dungeons. Experience live actors, dark history, thrilling rides and special effects… are you brave enough to face 80 minutes of Scotland’s most dramatic past?

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