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About National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is two distinct museums, united by a 2005 merger. The modern Museum of Scotland’s antiquities collection serves as the perfect counterpart to the older Royal Museum, focused more on science, technology and natural history.

The two buildings of the National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Scotland and the Royal Museum, are not only adjacent to one another but connected. Highlights among their exhibits include the Maiden guillotine, one of Elton John’s suits, the cloned sheep Dolly and the Millennium Clock kinetic sculpture. The buildings themselves are of radically different styles. The Royal Museum, opened in 1866, has a Venetian Renaissance design, while the Museum of Scotland is more geometric and covered with Moray sandstone.

The National Museum of Scotland is conveniently located in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Once connected by a bridge to the University of Edinburgh, the museum is still a mere five-minute walk from George Square. Edinburgh Castle and other sites along the Royal Mile are less than a 15-minute walk away.

A particularly amusing tale from the National Museum of Scotland’s past revolves around a 1975 April Fool’s Day prank. An exhibit of the fictional Bare-fronted Hoodwink showcased blurry photos of birds flying away, claiming that the Hoodwink’s great talent was leaving before an observer could identify it. Visitors were challenged to guess which exhibit was the fake.

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Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, the hotel is an ideal base while in Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Jurys Inn Edinburgh
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Conveniently situated, Jurys Inn Edinburgh allows for easy access to Edinburgh's popular hot spots. The numerous amenities this modern hotel has to offer include laundry facilities, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

Apex Grassmarket Hotel
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Set in the heart of the city, Apex Grassmarket Hotel offers easy access to Edinburgh's main retail and sightseeing areas. It provides a sauna, an indoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Superb, 9.0
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Located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station, Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is a convenient base while visiting Edinburgh. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Conveniently located, Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel offers easy access to Edinburgh's best hot spots. It also features free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and a swimming pool.

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Conveniently positioned, Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh offers easy access to Edinburgh's best hot spots. It has a fitness centre, as well as valet parking, free Wi-Fi and a safe.

The Old Waverley Hotel

The Old Waverley Hotel
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New Town, Edinburgh
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The Old Waverley Hotel offers modern accommodation in Edinburgh and is a short stroll from Edinburgh Bus Station. This elegant hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Motel One Edinburgh-Princes

Motel One Edinburgh-Princes
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New Town, Edinburgh
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This contemporary Edinburgh hotel is located within a 10-minute walk of Edinburgh Bus Station. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile

Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile
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Old Town, Edinburgh
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Set in the heart of the city, Ibis Edinburgh Centre South Bridge - Royal Mile provides easy access to Edinburgh's popular retail and sightseeing areas. Only a short walk from University of Edinburgh, it offers modern rooms equipped with heating, an in-room dining area and ironing facilities.

InterContinental Edinburgh The George

InterContinental Edinburgh The George
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New Town, Edinburgh
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Awarded 2018 Regional Winner of both Conference Hotel and Wedding Hotel of the Year, The Principal Edinburgh George Street is a Grade II listed building set in the heart of Edinburgh. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is a short stroll from Edinburgh Bus Station.

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