Step back in time
Over in the grand Charlotte Square, you can step back in time when you visit The Georgian House. Located at No 7, the house belonged to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1817 and has been perfectly restored show a typical Edinburgh New Town House of the late 18th to early 19th century. Wander around upstairs to admire the elegant surroundings of the gentry or go downstairs to see where the servants ran the house.
Next door to The Georgian House is Bute House, the official office of Scotland's First Minister. While you can't go inside, we recommend you stand back and admire the house's spectacular Georgian facade with its towering pillars and grand doorway.
Fairs & Festivals
In August of each year, the churchyard of St John's Church on the corner of Princes St and Lothian Road, plays host to the West End Fair. Featuring the work of over 100 makers, designers and artists, admission is free, so you can visit as often as you like - and there's a cafe on site, with indoor and outdoor seating, for food and refreshments. With so many unique items for sale, it’s a great place to pick up a special gift or treat yourself.
Also taking place during August is the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Since starting in 1983, it has now become a key event in the Edinburgh festival season and has grown rapidly in size and popularity. From its base in the leafy Charlotte Square Gardens, it produces and stages over 900 author events, covering a huge range of topics, offering thought-provoking entertainment and inspiration for adults, children, schools and communities.
(Image Credit: Edinburgh International Book Festival)
A Night of Entertainment
Scotland’s only five-star concert hall, The Usher Hall is an extraordinary blend of historical and contemporary, traditional and modern, both inside and out. Construction of the hall was funded by Andrew Usher, a whisky distiller and blender, who donated £100,000 to fund a new concert hall for the city. Opened in 1914, with refurbishment in 2010, every year the Hall welcomes a huge range of talent as well as conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions.