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Edinburgh free stuff and guideFacts, Figures & Free stuff!


Dominating the city skyline Edinburgh’s most visited attraction holds court over the capital from its seat above The Royal Mile. The spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo is set against its backdrop, Hogmanay celebrations end with annual fireworks displays over the castle, and it brings to a close the summer’s Edinburgh Festival. It might not seem the obvious ‘go to’ choice for a stag party, but can over a million annual visitors really be THAT wrong?

Not for the faint-hearted (or any stag members still suffering the after-effects of the night before – they’re not big on cleaning up), take an 80 minute trip through Scotland’s macabre history for a laugh-a-minute look at the country’s past. For the history buffs among you the dungeons have authenticity, gadget geeks can marvel at the (really quite amazing) 360 degree sets, and for those of you just out to enjoy the unique experience, the state-of-the-art special effects, underground rides and fantastic cast of actors all add up to a pretty solid morning’s entertainment.

Notable Events in the calendar

One of the biggest and most spectacular New Year celebrations in the world, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay begins with a torchlight procession and takes you through four days of theatre, concerts, dance and plenty more live entertainment to follow. The atmosphere of the huge Street Party is quite simply out of this world, while the midnight fireworks at Edinburgh Castle are a sight to be seen.

April sees Edinburgh’s streets come alive with crowds of over 12,000 taking to Calton Hill to witness the truly spectacular fire and drumming of the annual Beltane Fire Festival.

Famous the world over and with the stunning Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop, the Military Tattoo showcases exceptional displays of precision, music and dance from some of the world’s elite armed forces, military bands and display teams.

AUGUST: Festival Time!
The height of summer welcomes festival season to the capital. A few to mention:

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival:
    Hollywood arrives in Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, bringing international cinema and the best of the new big screen talent to the capital.
  • Edinburgh International Festival:
    Dance, music and theatre combine, giving this performing arts festival all the ingredients to transform the city into a hive of entertainment for three weeks every August.
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
    Theatre and comedy are a huge focus of the largest of the world’s performing arts festivals. Past appearances have helped kick-start the careers of some of Britain’s finest actors and comedians, with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson to name but a few. The Fringe also sees a mixture of acts performing show highlights for free along the Royal Mile, and there’s a growing trend for performers to take to the stage city-wide to showcase and promote their acts at no cost.


We couldn’t possibly look at the capital’s sport without mentioning one of the world’s oldest of footballing rivalries: Hearts vs Hibs the Edinburgh Derby:
The legendary rivalry between the city’s top teams began on Christmas Day in 1875 when a match on The Meadows saw Hearts win 1-0. And so it began...


Murrayfield Stadium

  • Scotland’s largest capacity stadium
  • Hosts the majority of the Scotland National Rugby Union team’s home test matches
  • Both the National team and Edinburgh’s professional rugby team play here
  • Other sports hosted by the stadium include; American Football, Rugby League and Association Football
  • Counts the Super League’s ‘ Magic Weekend’ among its past events
  • Has also seen a variety of live concerts, including the Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push (Live 8) when headline acts included another of Scotland’s finest, The Proclaimers. Other notable names to have played to the stadium’s crowds include Oasis, Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Getting there

By Air:
Edinburgh airport is a 25 minute drive from the city and offers both direct and connecting flights from over 25 airlines. Taxi and bus services also link the airport to the capital, with a 24 hour shuttle service running between the airport and Waverley Bridge every ten minutes at peak times.

By Rail:
Waverley Station is in the heart of the capital and sees the East Coast line run regular services from London to Edinburgh in less than 5 hours. The Caledonian Sleeper provides private berths if you opt for the overnight service from London (Euston).

By Road:
The Scottish motorway network provides easy access to Edinburgh. Birmingham will see you on the road for around five and a half hours, while Newcastle is a mere two and a half hour drive. For the hardy, brave (or slightly mad?), getting behind the wheel in London will see you on the road for an epic seven and a half hour journey.

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