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Edinburgh Holiday Guide

Edinburgh attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors each year thanks in part to the Fringe Festival and Hogmanay. However, whenever you choose to travel to Edinburgh, you will find plenty of things to see and do.

Edinburgh holidays in the party season

The city is a great destination for a break at any time of the year but if you visit Edinburgh in August for the Edinburgh Festival, you will find a place that is teeming with life, art and culture. The Edinburgh Festival is a collection of festivals rather than one big event, but the whole city is taken over by a carnival atmosphere during this month.

Edinburgh holidays during the month of August are packed with things to do and see. The largest festival that takes place is the Edinburgh Fringe, which is the greatest performing arts festival in the world. At the Fringe, you will find some of the biggest names in comedy, as well as rising stars, plays and various other shows. Many of these are free. Other events which take place during the Edinburgh Festival period include the Book Festival, the International Festival and the Military Tattoo.

Many people choose to travel to Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations at New Year, when a giant street party takes over Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Live bands play on the streets and there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. If you plan to visit the city during August or for Hogmanay, you will need to book your accommodation in advance as the various hotels and other establishments get booked up very quickly.

There are plenty of theatre productions, live music events and more taking place in Edinburgh throughout the year so whenever you choose to travel to Edinburgh, you will find plenty of things to see and do.

Sights to see on an Edinburgh holiday

Edinburgh holidays can be packed full of activities and culture. Edinburgh Castle, which dominates over the city from the top of Castle Hill, is one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions. There are a number of exhibitions at the castle, while the ancient structure itself is worth seeing in its own right. The One O'Clock Gun, which can be heard throughout the city, is fired from the castle every day except on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Don't miss it!

Other great attractions in Edinburgh include the Museum of Scotland, The Royal Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament building, the National War Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Childhood. Edinburgh is also a great city for walkers and if you have the time and the energy, we highly recommend you take a walk up Arthur's Seat. This is the main peak of a group of hills that form Holyrood Park. This is near the Scottish Parliament building, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. From here, you can get a fantastic view of the city.