27 July 2018
Edinburgh’s festival scene is unrivalled. Every year it delivers the spectacular to thousands of dedicated culture-seekers – and this year’s no different.
Scotland’s capital is known for many great things: from its iconic castle to its zoo, from its natural beauty to its fine dining. But for anyone truly familiar with this historic city, they know it has the greatest gathering of performance and culture anywhere on the globe.
There’s a reason it’s the ’world’s leading festival city’ and you won’t want to miss a second of it. With our quick rundown, you can be sure to get the best Edinburgh festival experience possible.
Edinburgh Art Festival (26thJuly – 26thAugust)
As the UK’s ‘largest annual celebration of visual art’, Edinburgh Art Festival is an unmissable display of creativity and imagination. Dive into over 40 of the finest art exhibitions, live performances, guided-tours, screenings, and artist talks.
Gallery and museum work by Edinburgh’s most accomplished artists will be on show alongside the festival’s very own original commissions.
This event attracts over a quarter of a million people every year. Featuring historical and contemporary pieces from across the country, this month-long showcase gives you plenty of time to witness all its delights.
To start planning your visit, check out its programme: https://www.edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (3rd– 25thAugust)
Edinburgh’s kind of tattoo isn’t exactly what you’re thinking of, but it’ll still leave a lasting impression.
The prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo combines the sounds of Scottish bagpipes and percussion with the precision marching of the British Armed Forces. Against a spectacular Edinburgh Castle backdrop, millions watch this performance on TV, but itmustbe experienced in person.
Every year the show takes on a creative new theme, so you’re guaranteed a unique experience each time you visit.
Make sure to not miss out - get your tickets for this incredible event now: https://www.edintattoo.co.uk/tickets
Edinburgh Fringe Festival (3rd– 27thAugust)
This is it – the city’s Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival on the planet.
Some of the world’s biggest arts performers entertain alongside undiscovered talents. With acts from the worlds of comedy, drama, music and more, there is nothing you won’t find here.
As ‘the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom’ expect the unexpected and the most unique festival experience available.
With hundreds of stages scattered across Edinburgh, festival fever will be in full swing for this incredible few weeks of non-stop joy.
For a complete list of what’s on this year, take a look at its programme: https://tickets.edfringe.com/plan-your-fringe/programme
Edinburgh International Festival (3rd– 27thAugust)
If that’s still not enough for you, Edinburgh’s International Festival takes things global. Six of the biggest theatres and concert halls from the area will play host to the world’s top musicians, actors, opera singers and dancers.
Scouting the stages of diverse genres and stages, the curators have handpicked ‘the most exciting and creative artists working today’, and it shows. You’ll find the finest international performers and ensembles in a world-class line-up like no other.
Each year, we celebrate the festival's firework finale on Monday 27th August at our rooftop restaurant. Listen to the concert via our large speakers and take in the fireworks, against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.Make a night of it and join us for dinner too. Dine from our A la Carte Menu or enjoy three courses from our Table D’hote menu for just £38 per person.
To see a full list of shows and secure your seat this August, head on over to their website: https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on
Edinburgh International Book Festival (3rd– 27thAugust)
Last but by no means least, Edinburgh International Book Festival promises three weeks of the best in modern literature. With a blend of exciting workshops, debates, and book signings, there’s over 800 events during this huge three-week celebration.
This fantastic gathering around Edinburgh’s New Town will include Nobel-Prize winners, the industry’s best children’s writers, up-and-coming new fiction writers, and everything in between. This is an opportunity you simply can’t put down.
Either turn up and take a walk through its ‘magical tented village’, or to attend one of their exlusive events, visit their website and book your seat: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/events
Festival Wining & Dining
You’ll never be short of things to do in Edinburgh this August! But for those times you want to enjoy a moment away from the bustle, yet still be amidst the action, The Tower Restaurant is the perfect choice. Overlook the Edinburgh skyline from our rooftop terrace asyou enjoy a seasonal cocktail, a plate of something delicious, knowing you're never far from the action.
Our prime location in the heart of the city centre is ideal for grabbing a quick drink or snack before jumping right back into the city’s festivities. As Scotland's first and finest rooftop restaurant, it’s the ideal spot to take the weight off your feet.
Watching a show? We’ve got you covered. Take advantage of our pre- and post-show offer and enjoy a two-course menu for just £19.95. There's no better place to taste the best of Scotland's larder, before or after the theatre.