Find things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s beauty is both staggering and unique - but this city is far more than just a pretty face. Take a closer look and there’s much more to discover in Scotland’s capital.

From the rich - and sometimes hidden - history that surrounds your every step, to the wealth of lush spaces peppered around the city centre, Edinburgh continually surprises and inspires. From the top of Arthur’s Seat, to the bottom of the Royal Mile; there is nowhere quite like "Auld Reekie".

Here are our favourite things to do in Edinburgh:

The Bumper Guide to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

It's finally here! For three weeks, Edinburgh will be transformed into a cultural mecca full of arts, crafts, comedy, theatre, music and more.  With thousands of performances across the capital, it can be a bit of task deciding what to see. That's where our handy...

Top Art & Books at Edinburgh’s Festivals 2018

Fringe isn't the only festival happening across Edinburgh over the next few weeks; the International Book Festival and Art Festival are running in unison. Festival overload! Here are our top picks for arts and book shows from all three: Neil Hilborn Officially the...

Top Music & Dance Shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Who doesn't love a good song and dance every now and then? Luckily, you can get your dancing shoes on and get down to some great musical acts at this year's Fringe.  Here are some of the must-see acts across Edinburgh this summer: Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under the...

Top Comedy at Fringe Festival 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe has something of a funny bone these days. Comedy forms the basis of all things Fringe and the festival run attracts some of the biggest and best names on the circuit, as well as a host of upcoming and local talent. Here are just a few of the...

Top Theatre at Fringe Festival 2018

Catch some of the best theatre around at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With performances of all kinds, here are a few of our recommendations ahead of the huge culture festival 2018: Mark Thomas - Check Up: Our NHS at 70 The trials and tribulations of the NHS...

Cheap Eats in Edinburgh

No bob in the bank? In the (not-so) famous words of Biggie Smalls, "No money, no problems" (or something like that). At least, not when it comes to eating out on the cheap in Edinburgh. Here's some of our favourite places to grab a cheap bite in the Scottish capital:...

8 Must-See Secret Spots in Edinburgh

Visitors from across the world flock to see "Auld Reekie's" looming Castle and walk the length of the Royal Mile. But nestled away from the hubbub of its tourist haunts are some lesser known secret spots in Edinburgh, well worth a visit. Here's our list of the...

Free Things to Do in Edinburgh

Strapped for cash or saving for a big day but still want to get out of the house? Luckily Edinburgh has plenty of options for a fun few hours - all without having to spend a penny. Get festive at Edinburgh festivals A post shared by Edinburgh Festival Fringe...

A Brief History of Edinburgh Castle

The parapets of an ancient castle looming high over the cityscape from atop its volcanic perch. Edinburgh Castle is an iconic sight to many locals and tourists alike. The walled fortifications of the 12th-century bastion are the capital's most visited landmark. The...

Fascinating Facts about Edinburgh

Edinburgh is awash with fascinating facts and hypnotising history. Scotland's capital is built on a vivid past that has made it one of the UK's finest cities. Whether tourist or local, dive into these fascinating facts about Edinburgh and discover a side to Auld...

Cracking Places for Coffee in Edinburgh

Whether you’re after a pre-work caffeine fix or a quiet afternoon with a book, Edinburgh has a coffeehouse for every occasion. With the promise of delicious cakes and rich espresso, be sure to pop into one of these independent gems for your next cup of joe. Here are...

8 Different Date Ideas in Edinburgh

Dating; the art of "putting yourself out there". Does anyone really enjoy it? That age-old pastime of dinner and drinks partnered with the inevitably awkward interrogation of  "so...erm, what do you do?" It's better to spice things up with something a little...

Best Places for Whisky in Edinburgh

Scotland’s association with whisky stretches back centuries, so naturally, the capital is stacked with places to enjoy a dram. Here are a few of the finest places for whisky in Edinburgh: The Scotch Whisky Experience The home of Edinburgh’s whisky scene, The Scotch...

A Brief History of Edinburgh

Nestling amongst the foothills of a cluster of extinct volcanoes, Scotland's capital Edinburgh has a long history that can be traced back thousands of years. Once no more than a few scant streets trailing out of the mighty fort atop Castle Rock, Ediburgh has been...

7 Fascinating Facts about Hogmanay

For three days, Hogmanay takes over the streets of the Scottish capital for the biggest party of its kind in the world. To celebrate, here are a few weird and wacky facts about Scotland's favourite event: Happy New Year! Here's some coal... Everyone knows that First...

Great Walking Routes Near Edinburgh

When a wander down the Royal Mile just won’t cut it, or a Sunday stroll up Arthur’s Seat is becoming a habit, take a hike on these alternative walking routes in the Edinburgh area: The Water of Leith Follow the route of the river as it passes through the heart of...

A Brief History of Arthur’s Seat

The peak of Arthur’s Seat looms over the city of Edinburgh. Snow-capped in the winter, this extinct volcano is one of the Scottish capital’s most recognisable landmarks, and is also a popular walking route. The Seven Hills The tallest of the Seven Hills on which...

A Guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets

It's that time of year again! Get into the festive spirit at the iconic Edinburgh Christmas Markets.  Edinburgh Christmas Markets The Scottish capital's famous Christmas Markets attract visitors from far and wide and are the perfect way to enjoy the festivities and...

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