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Top tips for the Edinburgh Festivals

VisitScotlandNikkiVisitScotlandNikki Member, VisitScotland Staff
edited August 2016 in Events and festivals

To avoid some of the trial and error of visiting the festivals we’ve rounded up some handy tips to help you to make the most of your time.

  1. Bring a bag for all the flyers you’ll pick up and keep a hold of them. You can look through them when you get a minute and decide what takes your fancy.
  2. Wear comfy shoes – a day at the festivals can mean lots of walking.
  3. Bring water.
  4. Be careful when crossing roads. Like all major cities, Edinburgh’s streets can be busy and the trams move especially quietly.
  5. Start your day early so you can secure the best festival tickets and see the most popular visitor attractions before they get too busy.
  6. Head to the Edinburgh VisitScotland iCentre near Waverley Station on Princes Street and pick up a map to get your bearings.
  7. Don’t miss a Festival Fringe deal; look out for free shows, previews, discounted tickets, 2-for-1 tickets and the Virgin Money Half Price Hut.
  8. For a late-night snack, visit George Square or Summerhall to find a whole range of quality food stalls, serving delicious street food, from crêpes to curries.

What's your top tip for the Edinburgh Festivals?

Check out our Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide for more show highlights, tips and info to help you make the most of your day out or trip to Edinburgh this August!


  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Don't get overwhelmed by all the shows and things to see. This happens especially with first-time festival-goers. Just embrace the chaos. Pick a show, take a chance. Sit down, rest and people watch. Enjoy the atmosphere and forget about the weather. Don't forget to eat!  :p
  • FunkyEllas_TravelFunkyEllas_Travel VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Really good advice - Take your time, have a cuppa sitting outside in one of the many pavement cafes. Do some people watching whilst having a breather. Take advantage of the free shows, some are really brilliant. Most important - comfy shoes!
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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hang out around the Mound next to the National Galleries, on High Street (Royal Mile) next to St Giles cathedral or in the Grassmarket - There's always street performances taking place and there's a buzz around those areas.
  • VisitScotlandNikkiVisitScotlandNikki Member, VisitScotland Staff
    Don't want to say it, but the festival is beginning to draw to a close! The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert takes place this Monday - what's your tip on the best place to watch the fireworks from?
  • VisitScotlandKimVisitScotlandKim Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @VisitScotlandNikki Inverleith Park is always my favourite viewing spot - a cracking view and a lot less crowded than Princes Street :smile:
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    All over for another year.   :'(

    Leonard Bernstein and fireworks a spectacular finish.  :o 

    What a great festival it has been.  <3
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