Edinburgh and the Lothians

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Edinburgh Festival Fringe

    Old Town

    During the world's largest arts festival in August, most of the city center becomes one huge performance area, with fire eaters, sword swallowers, unicyclists, jugglers,...Read More

  • 2. Edinburgh's Hogmanay

    Old Town

    Nowadays most capital cities put on decent New Year's celebrations, but Edinburgh's three-day-long Hogmanay festivities are on a whole other level. There's a reason this...Read More

  • 3. Filmhouse

    West End

    Widely considered to be among the best independent cinemas in Britain, the excellent three-screen Filmhouse is the go-to venue for modern, foreign-language, offbeat, and any...Read More

  • 4. Beltane Fire Festival


    Held every year on April 30, this flame-filled Calton Hill extravaganza is inspired by an Iron Age Celtic festival, which was held to celebrate the...Read More

  • 5. Cameo Picturehouse


    Cameo has one large and two small auditoriums, both of which are extremely comfortable, showing a good mix of mainstream and art-house films. There's also...Read More

  • 6. Church Hill Theatre


    The intimate, 335-seat Church Hill Theatre, managed by the city council, hosts high-quality productions by local amateur dramatic societies....Read More

  • 7. Edinburgh International Book Festival

    New Town

    This two-week-long event held every August pulls together a heady mix of authors from around the world, from Nobel laureates to best-selling fiction writers, and...Read More

  • 8. Edinburgh International Festival

    Old Town

    Running throughout August, this flagship traditional arts festival attracts international performers and audiences to a celebration of music, dance, theater, opera, and art. Programs, tickets,...Read More

  • 9. Edinburgh International Film Festival

    West End

    One of Europe's foremost film festivals, promoting the best of global independent cinema since 1947, this event takes place from mid-June to early July each...Read More

  • 10. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival


    Held over a week in late July, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival attracts world-renowned musicians playing everything from blues-rock to soul music, and brings...Read More

  • 11. Edinburgh Playhouse

    East End

    Big-ticket concerts and musicals, along with the occasional ballet and opera production, are staged at the popular Playhouse, with its enormous 3,000-seat auditorium....Read More

  • 12. Edinburgh Science Festival

    Old Town

    Held around Easter each year, the Edinburgh Science Festival is one of Europe's largest, and aims to make science accessible, interesting, and fun for kids...Read More

  • 13. Festival Theatre

    South Side

    This popular theater hosts regular pop concerts, as well as musical theater, opera, and ballet productions....Read More

  • 14. King's Theatre


    Built in 1906 and adorned with vibrant murals by artist John Byrne, the art nouveau King's Theatre has a great program of contemporary dramatic works....Read More

  • 15. The Lyceum

    West End

    Traditional plays and contemporary works, including previews or tours of London West End productions, are presented here....Read More

  • 16. The Queen's Hall


    This intimate venue hosts a range of music events, from indie and rock concerts to jazz and classical music recitals....Read More

  • 17. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    Old Town

    It may not be art, but The Tattoo (as it's commonly known) is at the very heart of Scottish cultural life. Taking place, like many...Read More

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  • 18. Traverse Theatre

    West End

    With its specially designed space, the Traverse Theatre has developed a solid reputation for new, stimulating plays by Scottish dramatists, as well as innovative dance...Read More

  • 19. Usher Hall

    West End

    Edinburgh's grandest concert venue, Usher Hall hosts a wide range of national and international performers, from Paul Weller and Paloma Faith to the Royal Scottish...Read More

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