Visiting the Edinburgh Festival on a budget

Famous for its medieval skyline and whisky trails, Scotland’s capital has plenty to see and do over the summer months. The 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks.

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Image by Gary Henderson (Flickr/Creative Commons)

With thousands of shows in more than 300 venues, ‘the Fringe’ is the only show in town this summer. Every year top actors and comedians perform all over Edinburgh and many of the events are completely free!

Famous across the world for its buzzing atmosphere, the ‘Athens of the North’ is surprisingly affordable if you’re travelling on a budget.

Free outdoor activities in Edinburgh 

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Image by Ross G. Strachan (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Princes Street Gardens is an amazing place to take advantage of the warm weather. Come here for a picnic and grab an ice cream while chilling out in the sun. Situated underneath Edinburgh Castle, it’s hard to imagine this city centre park was once a loch!

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Image by Kit Carruthers (Flickr/Creative Commons)

For more energetic travellers, a climb up Arthur’s Seat, will be rewarded with beautiful views over the city. Overlooking prominent landmarks such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen’s official Scottish residence) and the Meadows, there is certainly no shortage of green spaces in Edinburgh.

Cheap places to eat in Edinburgh

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Image by Simon Law (Flickr/Creative Commons)

From Indian street food to fish and chips, there are no shortage of cheap eats in Scotland’s capital. If you fancy a spicy curry then go to The Mosque Kitchen (31 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX). Close to Princes Street Gardens there will be street food trucks serving hot food and ice cream from all over the world.

If funds are running low then you can always get a fish supper on the Royal Mile. Super cheap and amazingly tasty you’ll save a fortune going local in Edinburgh.

Free things to do in Edinburgh 

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Image by Fabio Casadei (Flick/Creative Commons)

Scotland’s most famous street, the Royal Mile, is a brilliant place to explore on foot. Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, there is a carnival atmosphere when the Fringe takes place in August. Thousands of visitors will enjoy the spectacular artists that travel from all over the world to entertain the crowds.

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Image by Steve Hodgson (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, the Grassmarket is famous for its traditional Scottish pubs and international restaurants.

During the festival season, it will be a noisy affair full of street entertainers and late night parties. Many Edinburgh pubs have an extended licence in August and will be open until 5am during the festival season.

Free Fringe events in Edinburgh 

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Image by Martie Swart (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Every year there is an excellent range of comedy events and free shows catering to all budgets. Visitors to Edinburgh can expect around 7000 performances and 360+ free events on behalf of the Free Festival.

From comedy, cabaret, outdoor activities to the performing arts, there’s no limit to free entertainment at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The official programme launches on 08 June 2016, so book your holiday today and make sure you’re in a prime location for the greatest arts show on earth.

Budget accommodation tips for Edinburgh 

Calton Hill

Book now if you want to guarantee a room in Edinburgh for the Fringe. Check out our availability here – we have excellent hostels at budget prices.

Haggis Hostels offers clean, affordable city centre accommodation only a few minutes walk from Waverley Train Station and 5-10 minutes’ from Edinburgh Bus Station.

The Hostel (Edinburgh) is a stylish youth hostel that provides budget accommodation in walking distance of the city centre. Stay here for fun nights and convenience during the festival season.

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