Culture in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a utopia for cultural enthusiasts. Visit Edinburgh for its fine art collections, historic landmarks and museums, and spectacular annual festivals, where you will immerse yourself in the heart and soul of the city. Here are some extremely entertaining events and museums that will expand your horizons and certainly make you feel more worldly:

The Edinburgh International Festival is the city's original and "official" summer festival. It brings top class performers of classical music, theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival features some of the hottest and freshest musicians of this decade.

A spectacular performance to see, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of military drum performances by the British Armed Forces and other international military bands. It is performed throughout the festival month on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and features bands, drill teams and gymnasts.

The Beltane Fire Festival, held on Calton Hill on 30th April, is a neo-pagan fertility ceremony. It is an enthralling evening filled with bonfires, striking body paint and incredible performances from dancers and acrobats - an event like no other!

Generally accepted as Scotland's best gallery for contemporary art, the Fruitmarket should not be missed. It was converted into a museum by architect Richard Murphy in 1992 and is conveniently located in the centre of town adjacent to Waverley Station. Visiting exhibits come from far and wide, with a healthy presence of Scottish artists. The Fruitmarket regularly showcases new talent, with regular talks and events. Enjoy the glass fronted cafe and bookshop. Admission is free.



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Edinburgh International Festival

The Hub/348-350 Castlehill

The original Edinburgh festival that really marks the start of summer festival season. A must do event - experience the best the world has to offer in opera, theater, dance and music... read more

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

180 High Street

The world's largest and most popular performance/art festival, which runs from August 6-30th... read more

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

89 Giles Street

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival features some of the hottest and freshest musicians of this decade... read more

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Belford Road

Scotland's modern art collection... read more

Dean Gallery (The)

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73 Belford Road

Surreal experience... read more

Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market St

The best art in Scotland... read more

National Gallery of Scotland

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The Mound
The Mound

A work of art... read more

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound

National Gallery's neighbour... read more

Beltane Fire Festival

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Calton Hill

An amazing Gaelic, neo-pagan fertility festival...
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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

32 Market St
The Tattoo Office

A SPECTACULAR series of military drum performances by the British Armed Forces and other international military bands... read more
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