Book Now ☎ +44 (0) 131 556 5565

Festivals & Nightlife

World-Class Music, Theatre & More

Imagine paying a visit to Edinburgh, but you had the whole city to yourself. Granted, there’d be no queues to wait in, no busy streets to navigate, but there’d be no atmosphere either. Edinburgh’s landmarks add to the city’s experience, but it is the people that make it. This is why we’ve compiled a list of the best live entertainment and performance art Edinburgh has to offer.

First of all, because of its sheer scale, is the capital’s festival scene. Many aspects of Edinburgh can be labelled as ‘one of the world’s best’ or ‘the best in the UK’, but the Edinburgh festival scene is without a doubt the best collection of festivals on the planet. Four million people flock to the city each year to be a part of one of the many enthralling festivals.

In addition to the festivals, the city has a wealth of theatre venues, independent cinemas, music halls and comedy clubs. Edinburgh is more than a city, it’s an experience, and this experience is best when shared.

Enlarged Image of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Enlarged Image of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Festivals

The World’s Most Famous Festival Scene

Over four million people descend on Edinburgh every year just to visit one of the festivals. Edinburgh has it all, from the hugely popular Festival Fringe, to independent festivals including the Book Festival.

Festivals
Image of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Courtesy of Dancewear Central Via Flickr
Image of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Courtesy of Dancewear Central Via Flickr

Theatre & Film

Classic Productions and Blockbuster Films

With many of the festivals focusing on the performing arts, and a range of excellent venues in the city to make use of, Edinburgh has an outstanding arts scene. Read our guide to discover the best venues and famous filming locations in the city.

Theatre & Film
Procession on Calton Hill in Edinburgh
Procession on Calton Hill in Edinburgh

Annual Events

Year Round Entertainment in the Scottish Capital

From the wildly popular T in the Park, to the mesmerising Edinburgh Hogmanay, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have many excellent events taking place each year. Check out our guide for the very best picks.

Annual Events
Sheep Heid Inn
Sheep Heid Inn

Pubs & Clubs

Stop By for a Wee Dram and Stay for the Atmosphere

Edinburgh is certainly not short on excellent pubs and lively clubs. From the relative tranquillity of the Sheep Heid Inn, the oldest pub in Scotland, to the vibrant Cabaret Voltaire in the city centre, Edinburgh has a pub, bar or club to suit your taste.

Pubs & Clubs

The Scotsman (Edinburgh) Company Limited is currently in liquidation. The date of appointment was 9th June 2016.


20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR, Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 5565, Fax: +44 (0) 131 652 3652 , reservations@thescotsmanhotel.co.uk