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Edinburgh's International Festival is a Must See by Isla Campbell

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Cited as the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh International Festival is an absolute must see. 
Throughout the month of August, Scotland’s capital city welcomes thousands of tourists from across the globe, eager to explore the plethora of events on offer, from stand-up comedy routines to dramatic performances, and one-man shows to full-scale theatrical productions, chic and cheap accommodation available for your stay.

Established in 1949 as a way to promote an optimistic outlook for post-war Europe, the Edinburgh Festival has grown to become one of the world’s most recognised arts celebrations. It is impossible to define as merely one festival and is instead better described as a medley of independent events, which run concurrently throughout August. Edinburgh is known as the festival city and this couldn’t be a more apt description. Just a handful of the events which make up the overall festival include: The International Festival, The Fringe, The Book Festival and The Military Tattoo.

Founded at the same time as the International festival, The Fringe was created on the principle of ‘open access for all performers’. Indeed, recognising that there would be an interested audience and press coverage, six Scottish and two English companies decided to go along for the ride, performing on the ‘fringe’ of the main festival. 

Evening Light Over Princes Street from Carlton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Sixty one years later, the Fringe is still going strong, with 1.7 million tickets being sold in 2007 and over 300 free shows available for people to attend. 
Military Tattoo Performed in Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh’s International Book Festival is also recognised as the world’s largest event. Designed to celebrate the written word, 2008 alone saw 750 events organised, with over 800 authors attending from across the globe.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Military Tattoo is a highlight for many. The event is presented by the British Armed Forces, The Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams. 

The Tattoo boasts a huge international presence, with an annual audience of around 217,000 people, of which 35 per cent are said to be from overseas.

Ranging from music to theatre and opera, to dance, literature, street performances and comedy, the festival has it all. It is therefore wise to obtain one of the many programmes available, in order to decide what you’d like to see ahead of time, since so many of the shows are sell-outs come performance day.

As well as the festival, it is also recommended to take some time to explore the city. With both its old and new towns classed as world heritage sites, the magnificent castle dominating its sky line and numerous closes and wynds to explore, Edinburgh offers so much to see and do.

With the city’s popularity reaching fever pitch by August however, it is absolutely vital to book accommodation early. There are numerous hotels in Edinburgh to choose from and with a bit of forward planning you can easily find one to suit your needs.

Whichever part of the town you decide to stay in, however, you can be sure of a fantastic view and a friendly welcome!

Edinburgh Castle and Old Town Seen from Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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About the author: Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.


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Apex City Hotel Edinburgh
Offering a favourable location and relaxing atmosphere, this property is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Edinburgh.  Located in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Apex City Hotel is within easy reach to numerous world-class museums, galleries, fabulous shopping centres, city's own zoo and many other amusements in the surrounding.  Offering a very real alternative to the traditional Edinburgh hotel, this property comprises well-appointed guestrooms that blend the best modern touches with the ultimate comfort to assure you immense pleasure throughout your stay.  Guests can relish delicious cuisine in an elegant setting of the Agua Restaurant. The cosy Agua Bar is an ideal place to chill out with a drink after a busy day.
Apex European Hotel Edinburgh
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Edinburgh for business or pleasure.  Situated in the Haymarket Area to the west of Edinburgh, the Apex European Hotel is in the heart of the city's business and entertainment district. This property is easily accessible from the Murrayfield Stadium, shopping, bars and street cafes as well as 10 minute walk from Edinburgh International Conference Centre.  The hotel offers 66 comfortable guestrooms that are tastefully decorated and come with an array of modern amenities to make your stay a pleasant one.  The Metro West End Brasserie and Bar serves delicious a la carte dishes as well as refreshing drinks .
Apex International Hotel Edinburgh
Being an ideal place in the city of Edinburgh, this hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one.  Located in the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town, the Apex International Hotel is 10 minutes drive from Waverley Railway Station and 10 kilometres from Edinburgh Airport. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Dynamic Earth are the major attractions in Edinburgh.  This property offers 171 beautifully decorated accommodation units that are elegantly furnished with an array of contemporary amenities to satisfy the needs of discerning travellers.  The Heights Restaurant serves imaginative fine cuisine for you.
Jurys Inn Edinburgh
Ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh, this enchanting property is within walking distance to excellent shopping districts, theatres, art, museums, galleries, International Conference Centre, Edinburgh Castle and a host of other tourist attractions in the locality.  Guests are offered a choice of spacious and elegantly appointed accommodation units that are facilitated with contemporary amenities to ensure them a blissful night's sleep.  To fulfil your gastronomic desires, you can dine at the on-site restaurant, which serves delicious cuisine in a relaxed and informal ambience. You can also relax at the cosy cocktail bar that serves a range of cocktails to choose from.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh
At the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh, a team of professional and welcoming staff will offer you a high standard of service to match the luxurious surroundings.  This stylish as well as unique hotel stands proudly right in the heart of the old town of Edinburgh and is placed within few minutes walk to Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen's official residence in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Princes Street, Our Dynamic Earth and many other prominent sites in the environs.  Relax and enjoy your overnight stay at any of the 156 delightfully appointed guestrooms that come with all modern appliances to assure you a pleasant stay in a comfortable environment.  You can dine at the Opus 504 restaurant that offers a new flavour of Scottish cuisine.
Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh
This elegant and luxurious hotel rewards the leisure and business guest alike, and will appeal to both the traditionalist and the modernist in you.  Macdonald Roxburghe Hotel Edinburgh is situated in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh's new town and is a short stroll from Prince street, George street and Edinburgh castle. The Edinburgh Waverly train station is just a 5-minute drive from the hotel and the Edinburgh Airport is 20 minutes away.  The hotel provides 197 delightfully appointed bedrooms that have all the facilities for a comfortable and relaxing stay.  The Melrose restaurant at the hotel serves the best British and International cuisine, including Scottish specialities.
Ramada Jarvis Mount Royal Edinburgh
Boasting a tranquil ambience and comfortable accommodation, this property is an ideal place for business as well as leisure travellers.  Conveniently located just 200 yards from Edinburgh Waverly Train Station and less than a kilometre from the bus station, the Mount Royal Ramada Hotel is placed 6 miles from the airport and offers all its guests a warm and pleasing welcome.  With 158 rooms spanning over seven floors, the Ramada Mount Royal offers an intimate feel. All the guestrooms are elegantly decorated and come with a host of modern amenities to make your stay more delightful.  The Arts Brasserie provides fabulous views of the city and serves a cosmopolitan menu to suit all tastes. 
Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh
With its relaxed setting and breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, the award-winning Balmoral Hotel is the perfect choice for memorable vacations.  Located on Princes Street, in Edinburgh's main shopping area and next to Waverley Station, this fashionable property is close to the leading luxury department stores and is within striking distance to many of Edinburgh attractions.  The Balmoral offers 188 stylish rooms that combine contemporary elegance with The Balmoral's strong sense of history and charm.  When it comes to fine dining, the choice of restaurants at the Balmoral matches the mood of the moment. Guests can also choose from the hotel's Palm Court for cocktails or traditional afternoon tea and the traditional Balmoral Bar for a relaxing drink.
Royal Terrace Hotel Edinburgh
The Royal Terrace is one of the Edinburgh hotels located right in the heart of the city. Situated in the middle of a grand Georgian Terrace, this beautiful hotel enjoys spectacular views over the Scottish capital, and in the distance, a romantic panorama of the Firth of Forth.  Relax and experience the comfort of one of 107 well-proportioned rooms or 13 luxurious suites, where contemporary furnishings and decor complement the overall ambience.  The contemporary Terrace Brasserie, with access to the hotel's private landscaped terrace gardens, caters for intimate and relaxed dining.
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