Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.
Add in Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals, and you've got a city that genuinely has universal appeal. Edinburgh, you’re spoiling us.
Festivals and Events
Every August, entertainers from around the globe want to be in just one place: Edinburgh. The city’s reputation as a festival capital spans the seasons...
The Edinburgh International Festival and its rowdy upstart sibling, the Edinburgh Fringe attract thousands of performers, with shows kicking off first thing in the morning and carrying on well into the wee sma’ hours of the following day. Then they do it all again. For a month.
Street performers pack the Royal Mile and the Mound, and hundreds of free shows make it a true celebration of the arts.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also an unmissable event. A feast of international music, dance, and bagpipes played out on the stunning castle esplanade as the sun sets.
Head to Edinburgh at New Year for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay for an iconic event. Three days of fire, music and celebrations culminating with a packed street party, ceilidhs beside the castle and awesome fireworks is an unparalled way to see in the new year!
A few more that are worth a mention are the International Science Festival in March, the Children’s Festival in May, June for film and July for jazz, blues and art. The Edinburgh International Book Festival in August is among the places to visit in Edinburgh for any and all bookworms!