Your Guide To The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
If you're heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, here's 8 things you need to know about to help you plan your visit and stay at Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West:
It's family friendly – Some of the show titles and posters may be risqué but the Fringe is child-friendly. The Fringe programme has a dedicated section for shows and entertainment for families. If trawling your little ones along Princes Street is a nightmarish thought, cross over the road and leisurely stroll through Princes Street Gardens or another of Edinburgh’s parks. Camera Obscura, if you’re in the city centre, or a trip out to the zoo will thrill kids of all ages.
Be prepared for changes to the weather – It may be August, but the rumours are true – Edinburgh is temperamental no matter what season it is supposed to be. We have been enjoying glorious weather recently but the uneven tan lines are proof that we know to enjoy it while we can! Be ready for all weather types. We all keep our fingers crossed for sunshine and blue skies but we know where to pick up a poncho to enjoy the Tattoo in a downpour.
You can enjoy the Fringe on a budget – After travel/flights and accommodation, tickets can be an additional cost that bursts the summer holiday budget. But the Fringe wants to include everyone. Last year, there were hundreds of free shows to suit all tastes. If there is a particular show that you can’t miss out on check out the various 2-for-1 ticket concessions. Remember that tantalising street performances and soaking up the atmosphere throughout the city are completely free.
Keep an open mind – The range of acts at the Fringe is diverse in every aspect, from well-known comedians to art exhibitions to student plays. Tickets can sell out fast but there are plenty of hidden gems that will be much easier to get a ticket to – and save you from standing in a ticket queue from the crack of dawn.
Abandon the car – We have 80 parking spaces free to our hotel guests. Save your money and your sanity by leaving your car with us and taking the bus (the 41 & 43 buses run every 5 minutes) or walk to the centre in 15 minutes. Walking is the best way to immerse yourself in the Fringe, catching street acts and food stalls you would otherwise miss.
Have a taste of Edinburgh's diverse food and drink – We do love our food here in Edinburgh and while there are plenty of places to get the traditional haggis or the famous deep fried mars bar the city exemplifies diversity in food. You can find bargain street food on busy corners offering delectable dishes inspired by global cultures. Or really indulge in your foodie dreams with a visit to one of Edinburgh’s prestigious restaurants. Our restaurant also offers a range of delicious dishes for you to try, or if you're looking to relax with a nice glass of wine you can head over to our bar.
Don’t forget to hit the tourist spots – The enormity of offerings at the Fringe can sometimes cast a veil over Edinburgh’s attractions. It is easy to forget about visiting the Castle or National Museum. In between shows, or during an unexpected rain shower, try to fit in some of Edinburgh’s best known sights. Ask our friendly Reception team about which sights are the best to see.
Visit more than just the city centre – If the city and the crowds start to become a bit too much, take a break. Whether you take a walk up Arthur’s Seat for a fantastic view of the city, a stroll along Portobello beach with an ice cream in hand, or want to venture further afield we can recommend and book day tours and rural attractions so that you can experience all that Scotland has to offer.