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International Festival is a Must See by Isla Campbell
Cited as the world’s largest
arts festival, the Edinburgh International Festival is an absolute must
|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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Whichever part of the town
you decide to stay in, however, you can be sure of a fantastic view and
a friendly welcome!
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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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.
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 .
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.