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5 Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer

23rd May 2024
5 Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer

Looking to fill your diaries this summer? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of must-see activities and events to enjoy in Edinburgh as the weather warms.  

From spooky tours to family-friendly days out, there’s something for everyone.


1. Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It wouldn’t be summer in Edinburgh without Fringe! The largest arts festival in the world, the Fringe brings a full month of performing arts from international talent. Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag first premiered at Edinburgh’s Fringe, as did the hit musical SIX

You’ll find theatre, comedy, cabaret, street performers and more across the city all month long. 

Experience the magic here 02 – 26 August 

A large group of people gather on the Royal Mile for a street performance, Fringe Festival posters overhead.


2. Outdoor ghost tour or history walk 

Take advantage of the good weather! Join an outdoor ghost tour and immerse yourself in the city’s dark side—if you dare.  

Not quite your style? Dive into Edinburgh’s past instead and learn about everything from royals to rebels to regular citizens on a history tour

Tours available here 7 days a week 

A Mercat Storyteller with a group of visitors on a ghost tour of Edinburgh in an empty courtyard next to the Writers' Museum.


3. Ramsay & Edinburgh Fashion

Explore a collection of Allan Ramsay’s portraits brought together for the first time. 

Set against the backdrop of the fashion trade, this exhibition shows how vital it was for an 18th-century painter to be familiar with dress style, accessories and materials. 

Book tickets for the Georgian House 7 June – 26 November

The front entrance to Edinburgh’s Georgian House, a woman in an 18th-century dress and parasol out front.


4. Game On special exhibition

Experience the largest interactive exhibition of video games—from history to culture! You’ll even be able to explore the role Scotland has played in these games. 

Relaxed viewings (with limited visitor numbers and lower gaming volumes) are available 10:00-12:00 on 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October. 

See it at the National Museum of Scotland from 29 Jun – 3 Nov

The inside of the National Museum of Scotland main hall.


5. Hands on History for kids

Visit the Family Room at Holyrood Palace to get up close with historical and replica objects. See if you can guess what they were used for! 

Interested in a more adult-oriented palace visit? Enquire about our Treasures of the Old Town tour and join us for an afternoon of Edinburgh history followed by fast-pass entry to Holyrood Palace. 

Book your tickets for 11:00-15:00, every Monday 8 July – 26 Aug

The front of Holyrood Palace as seen from the southern gate.


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