Entertaining Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is the world's leading festival city with amazing festivals taking place all year – whether you love the soothing melodies of jazz music or exploring the science behind spaceships – they’ll be a festival for you.

Love the escapism of live theatre? Edinburgh is home to some of the oldest theatres in Scotland and some of the biggest names of stage & screen have trodden the boards here. Comedy, ballet, drama – and of course, not forgetting the much-loved annual pantomimes, you’ll find it all on offer at one the city’s renowned theatres.

The city’s stunning landscapes, cobbled streets and picturesque architecture have also proved to be the perfect backdrop to many filming productions.

One thing’s for sure – Edinburgh sure knows how to put on a show!

So, get your glad rags on as we explore the entertaining side of Edinburgh!

Live Music Venues

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Whether you like you music in small intimate venues or large scale halls hosting some of the world's top performers, Edinburgh has an outstanding range of live music venues, many with fascinating former lives.

From a 1900’s former grain market to an outdoor stage that sits on the site of a former loch which once formed part of Edinburgh Castle’s defence structure, why not pay a visit today and discover venues worth making a song and dance about!

Let’s get the party started, with our guide to Edinburgh's Live Music Venues


Edinburgh Festivals

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Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you.

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of Edinburgh's birth as a world leading festival city – visit this year and join in the celebrations - 5th to 28th August.

Explore Edinburgh’s Festivals


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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An international gathering showcasing the talents and skills of military performers from across the globe, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events on Edinburgh’s calendar and a must see show for all the family.

Discover The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


Edinburgh's Nightlife

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Make the most of every minute. Edinburgh nightlife sparkles with a full schedule of things to see and do as the clock approaches midnight – and beyond.

Dance your socks off in a former 19th church or catch the latest blockbuster in a cinema that has been entertaining movie-goers for over 100 years - discover more in our Guide to Edinburgh's Enchanting Nightlife.


Lights, camera, action!

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From the dramatic city skyline and historic Old Town to the cobbled streets and cosy, village atmosphere of Leith, Edinburgh looks stunning on screen, and the city has been the backdrop to several iconic TV series and film blockbusters for over 80 years.

Discover more in our guide to Edinburgh on Film


A city for art and theatre lovers

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Whether you love classic or contemporary, culture-lovers of all genres are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh. With an ever-evolving series of events, not to mention permanent exhibitions, the city has an art space, gallery or theatre to suit all interests.

We've put together a list of just 10 of Edinburgh's must-sees for arts and theatre lovers

Did you know that Edinburgh is home to one of the oldest theatres in Scotland? Visit today and enjoy modern-day performances on stages over 100 years old.

Discover more in our guide to The History Behind Edinburgh's Theatres


Dog-friendly Edinburgh

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Planning a trip to Edinburgh but don’t want to leave your furry 4-legged friend behind?

No problem - Edinburgh is packed with an array of dog-friendly hotels, attractions, bars & restaurants.

Get tails wagging with our “pawesome” guide to Dog-friendly Edinburgh!


Top Cocktail Bars

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Edinburgh's bar scene boasts some of the best and most varied establishments in Scotland. Whatever the occasion, there’s an array of new, exciting cocktails being served.

Find your new favourite tipple in our guide to Edinburgh's Top Cocktail Bars