Best of the fringe: discovering Edinburgh

Check out Ellen's guide to making the most of Edinburgh while you are at the Fringe

Best of the fringe: discovering Edinburgh

August in Edinburgh is a wonderful amalgamation of entertainment, arts and culture. However, it isn't all about stand-up - check out our guide for things to do at Edinburgh Fringe that goes beyond the shows schedule.

Walk the Royal Mile

Wandering this historic street in Edinburgh will give you a great sense of the fringe as a whole - from street performers to flyerers in full costume, it is a wonderful and vibrant display of the talent at the Fringe.

Visit Museums and Galleries

The Fringe Festival is only one of the arts and culture events available through August in the city: visit the local galleries for the Edinburgh International Art Festival, or see what is on offer at the city's many museums, including Museums at Night among other fun events.

Go on a walking tour

There are loads of ways to experience the city without the risk of getting lost. For a more official experience go on one of the city's many walking tours. Bookworms can try the Book Lovers' tour, or the Pottertrail for wannabe wizards. This year the Fringe is even offering up some exploratory fun with Silent Disco walking tours, and a 'Secrets of the Fringe' guide. If you are feeling up to it there are also plenty of Ghost walks so there really is something for everyone.

Check out local cafes

The street food stalls are convenient but very expensive, so why not try out some local cafes instead? Edinburgh has such a great range of independent tea rooms, coffee houses and fast food. So many places cater for different types of food and different dietary requirements too. Some of my personal favourites were Hula Juice Bar and Mary's Milk Bar for ice cream!

Be a tourist

You know that saying: 'Can't see the wood for the trees'? Well don't miss the best of Edinburgh because you are too busy at the Fringe! Make time to see the castle, explore Greyfriars Kirkyard cemetery, hike up Arthur's seat or sit in one of the city's many beautiful green spaces - from Princes Street Gardens to Holdyrood Park.

Whatever you choose to do while you're in Edinburgh this August, make sure you make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

Photo: Moyan Brenn


Ellen Orange

Ellen Orange Contributor

I am a 24 year old Marketing Officer from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. I did a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University, because I love books and reading! I have experience in writing for a variety of student publications, as well as having contributed to Living North, a regional magazine and Culture magazine, a supplement to regional newspaper, The Journal. I have been part of a Young Journalists scheme writing for NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival, a young people's arts and culture festival, and have since become a Team Juice member. As well as reading and writing, I love theatre, photography and crafts.

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