Visiting Edinburgh


Edinburgh is a major European capital. Named one of the best places to live and work in the UK, it is a beautiful city, notable for fine Georgian and Victorian architecture, striking parks and gardens.  Here, you’ll find a royal palace, a cliff-top castle and an extinct volcano – all in the heart of the city. You’ll also find the Scottish Parliament, housed in an iconic piece of modern design.

With four universities, major international arts festivals, world class galleries, theatres and concert halls, Edinburgh has a modern dynamism within its historic streets. People from all over the world have settled here, with a strong ethnic flavour to the bars, cafés and restaurants. It has all the advantages of a major European capital, yet is small in scale – only half a million people – and safe.

This is a city where Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, was born, a city that is home to the most powerful computer in the UK (here in the University), a city that has developed the country’s most vibrant bio-sciences sector. The University of Edinburgh’s Biosafety Training Institute is right at home in this atmosphere of innovation and collaboration.

For more information, please visit the Gateway to Scotland or Visit Scotland.


The Biosafety Training Institute does not have any special arrangements in place.  However, there are many hotels, Airbnb properties and B&Bs available within walking distance.

For courses at Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers St. EH1 1HT

Hotel Ibis – Edinburgh Centre (South Bridge)
Premier Inn, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh Central
Novotel, Edinburgh Centre
Edinburgh City Hotel, Lauriston Place
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Simpson Edinburgh, Lauriston Place
Edinburgh Carlton Hotel
Hotel Ibis Edinburgh Central
The following two hotels are in the same road, just doors apart – Apex Hotel (International) and Apex Hotel (Edinburgh City)
Hotel Missoni 
Radisson Blu

Travelodge (Edinburgh Central) and Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place

You may also wish to find accommodation through Visit ScotlandEdinburgh First is the University of Edinburgh’s accommodation service, and they also offer a variety of different types of accommodation.  Airbnb – search for properties available in EH1.