Edinburgh Festival Accommodation
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There's nowhere on earth quite like Edinburgh in August. During the summer months, the Scottish capital plays host to more than ten festivals, welcoming people from around the world to enjoy art, drama, music, magic, books and, most famously, comedy.
If you're visiting the Fringe Festival, it's worth downloading the official app to see when and where everything's taking place. First-time visitors to Edinburgh can find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the event. There are shows almost all day, every day, throughout the city. For visitors on a tight budget, up-and-coming acts often put on free shows, performing for nothing more than a small donation. Get there early - free shows allocate seats on a first come, first served basis, and things can fill up fast.
Bigger names in comedy usually charge for tickets, but prices in the Edinburgh festival are pretty reasonable, and you generally won't pay more than £20 for the most expensive shows.
The Edinburgh International Festival takes place at the same time as the Fringe, but it's not quite as raucous. This is where high culture thrives, and you can find performances of classical music, serious drama, ballet and opera. Prices are a little steeper, but you can still generally see a show or two without breaking the bank. Tickets can be had for around £30, and in some cases are much cheaper.
The Other Festivals
As well as the two biggest festivals, Edinburgh hosts a number of others over the summer: the Art Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Book Festival and more. There's something for everyone here. If there's one word you won't hear in Edinburgh during the summer months, it's "I'm bored" - regardless of your tastes, you're sure to find something to keep you entertained.
While the festivals are taking place, the city is absolutely buzzing, and you'll find a unique vibe. There are more street performers than usual, and you'll often see comedians doing their best to drum up interest in their shows with a free public display during the daytime. Expect to see some wild costumes, mini shows, and guerrilla marketing techniques out in the streets. Visitors come from all over Scotland and beyond, and you can expect to find every pub in the capital full.
Accommodation in Edinburgh at Festival Time
As you can imagine, you can also expect to find every hotel full. If you're looking for accommodation in Edinburgh during festival season, a self-catering apartment is usually a cheaper and more comfortable option. You can save money on eating out, and if you're going with friends, it's easier to find space for the whole group to sleep.
Of course, it's essential to book well in advance. Seasoned festival-goers all have stories about mates who ended up crashing on someone's couch, sleeping on a floor, or hopping from one friend's flat to another, desperately trying to avoid being kicked out! It's true that accommodation in Edinburgh tends to be booked months ahead of festival season, so if the thought of taking part in the UK's biggest cultural event appeals to you, be sure to get in there early, book your own comfortable flat, and have plenty of free time to enjoy the shows!
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