Edinburgh is a world renowned festival city. Visitors to Scotland’s capital this August can experience five festivals in one: Edinburgh Art Festival, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Edinburgh hosts its busiest month of the year with half a million visitors from across the globe descending on this historic city. With so much going on it's important to have a rough plan for your holiday.
Here are our top tips for visiting Edinburgh during the festivals.
Tickets for shows featuring popular comedians, famous authors and weekend tattoo events will sell out in advance, so if you haven’t bought them yet, do so now! Check timings of shows to ensure that you arrive on time, many venues are strict about no late arrivals.
Away from the festivals
As Edinburgh’s population doubles over the festival, if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, we’d recommend a visit to Leith (a short journey from the city centre) to see Edinburgh’s waterfront. With cafes, coffee shops and Michelin-star restaurants such as Tom Kitchin's The Kitchin, as well as views out to the Firth of Forth, it is the perfect place to relax from the buzz of the centre. Leith is home to Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction! The Royal Yacht Britannia, a must-see when in Edinburgh. Explore five decks and learn about life for the Royal family and the former Royal Yachtsmen who served on board.
Travelling around the city
Walking and public transport are the best methods of travel around the city centre. Download the Lothian Buses Bus & Tram app to help find out which route will get you to your destination. With frequent services, bus tickets are priced at £1.60 for a single and £4 for a day. To save time download the m-ticket app to purchase and use tickets via your phone.
Avoid spending money
Don’t forget to schedule in some time to soak up the atmosphere. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers 100s of free shows, from theatre to magic. The International Book Festival has a programme called ‘Unbound’ which offers unique and unconventional book events, 12 - 28 August, in the evening.
Experience the vibrancy of the Festival by going to the Royal Mile. Street performers and musicians are there for the whole of August and it is all free to watch!
If you’re looking for a special Instagram moment then climb Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat for some of the best views of the city. You’re guaranteed to increase your likes using popular Edinburgh hashtags.
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