Sakura House

18 West Preston Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PU, United Kingdom
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by seejai


me and my partner are visiting EDINBURGH on new years eve for the HOGAMANY celebrations..

for those of you that are familular with this event... where is the BEST place to stay overnight so that we are near to it all?

i ASSUME the city centre but im not too sure

can someone help us out?

a decent B&B would be OK




by hawkhead

If you haven't already booked accommodation then you will have difficulty finding anywhere to stay. I suggest you just google "accommodation edinburgh" and see what you can find.
Unless you have tickets to the Hogmanay celebrations on Prince's Street, then you will have to celebrate the event somewhere else, as it is a strictly ticketed event.


by spikester

Yep Hawkhead is right. Theres not a chance of accomodation now. Try looking outwith Edinburgh as the surrounding areas are well served with public transport into The "Toon". If you do manage to get a b&b in Edinburgh it will probably be in a less than sulubrious part where you will have to watch yourself. Watch out for the teenage "bucky" drinkers they are only there for trouble.
In any case hope you have a good time.




by df53

dont be put off if you dont have a ticket. true you wont get into Princes/George street area or the gardens but you will still be able to savour the atmosphere, next best place is prob to head down to the grassmarket which has a lot of pubs. True you might struggle for accomodation, try The more central the better, taxis in edinburgh are hard to come by at the best of times but virtually non existent on hogmanay.


by clivedinburgh

Try looking for accomodation in areas served by the Nightbus service, these operate at £2 per journey on normal nights and for free on New Years eve. I'd suggest looking at places in Portobello for example. If you really want to attend the street party then there are plenty of tickets on offer on Gumtree, given the time of year I'd advise against staying outdoors for the whole eveningso Places like Le Monde that has free entry and then issues wrist bands for re-entry for to see the fireworks.

Enjoy your stay whatever you do, I generally don't firm up a venue for Hogmonay until the last few days of the year and never really have a problem finding a suitable venue.

Travel Tips for Edinburgh

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by sabsi

I played my first ever pub quiz in Edinburgh. We had no chance because all the questions were on British television or snooker but I loved it a lot and now I play every week in my favourite pub here at home!!!

Burn's Night

by Pixiekatten

Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.

Burns Night Supper
The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life, a night to celebrate the life and genius of the national Bard. Suppers can be everything from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance. This running order covers all the key elements you need to plan and structure a Burns Supper that suits your intentions. For more info:

Who was Robert Burns then?
Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the village of Alloway near Ayr. He came from a relatively poor, tenant-farmer background, although he received a good education and read avidly as a youngster. It is during his years as a teenager and young man working on farms that he developed some of the passions that would colour the rest of his life - poetry, nature, women and drink.
Fame, but not necessarily fortune, followed in the wake of Burns’s first publication: "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" (Kilmarnock Edition). The collection contains many of his best loved poems, including "The Cotter’s Saturday Night", "To a Mouse" and "To a Louse".

Burns’s poetry at this time chopped and changed between English and Scots and this perhaps reflected his own ambivalent feelings towards the Edinburgh bourgeoisie. It was on his return to farming near Dumfries in 1788 that he penned his masterpiece in the Scots vernacular, "Tam O’Shanter" (1790).

In 1795 he sent his publisher "For a’ that and a’ that", a song which vocalised his support for the political radicalism which was beginning to infiltrate British society, especially through Thomas Paine’s controversial work, "The Rights of Man".
The Bard should always be seen in his national context: as the champion of the underdog in an underdog country.

Rosslyn Chapel - no grail but fantastic design!

by Mara88

A most amazing building, started in the 1400s, with intriguing stone carvings throughout!!! Five years after I first visited Rosslyn, I returned this week only to be amazed all over again.

The Chapel has strong links to the Freemasons and Templars, the founder family having been members. Throughout the Chapel there are carved hints at both societies, some of which are quite tricky to find.

I haven't read the Da Vinci Code (yet) but I don't believe that anything like a grail are to be found here. However, it is an eery atmosphere, especially in the downstairs crypt which is said to be older than the actual building, and looking around you it is easy to see why writers get these ideas into their heads

At only 8 miles south of Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most remarkable places to visit. Take the A703 towards Penicuik and head for the village of Roslin. The Chapel is just outside the village set in green fields. Entrance fees are currently £6 per person (£4 concession).

Go and check it out!!!!!!!

Lucky Edinburgh - it has a...

by mellow-mark

Lucky Edinburgh - it has a mountain in the middle of the city, well okay, a hill actually but it only takes about half an hour to walk up and the views are fantastic.

More views can be had even closer to town by going up Carlton Hill, just past the East end of Princes Street.

Another good walk is from Stockbridge, along the water of Leith to Dean Village and then on to the Gallery of Modern Art Cafe (Belford Road) for coffee and cake!

Cocktails and music

by leok about The Opal Lounge

Not cheap but popular with the trendy set. This is where MTV held their after-party party in 2003. The dancefloor isn't huge and the music hardly cutting edge but it is a great place to have fun. The cocktails are superb with the staff able to offer far more than what is on the fairly extensive menu.
Just don't get there too late if you want to avoid queuing for more than half an hour.

Also free to get into in the daytime when you it operates as a bar/restaurant

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Address: 18 West Preston Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PU, United Kingdom