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Bowery

Music

Open since the end of 2008, the Bowery has since become the unofficial home for the city's burgeoning anti-folk scene, while also staging a few experimental...

Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place
Free

Brass Rubbing Centre

Attractions

The Brass Rubbing Centre is housed in an atmospheric location: the apse that is the only surviving remnant of the Gothic Trinity College Church, founded in...

Trinity Apse
Free

Cabaret Voltaire

Clubs, Music

Its name nodding both to a Swiss nightclub favoured by the original Surrealists and to the hugely influential electronic act, Cabaret Voltaire helped...

36 Blair Street
Free

Caves

Clubs

Another venue with a name that gives the game away, the Caves is an irregular but top-quality venue for well-heeled student types who hire out the place for...

12 Niddry Street South
Free

Central Library

Attractions

Built in 1870, the headquarters of the city's library service today houses the Edinburgh Room, the Scottish Department, and reference, fiction and lending...

George IV Bridge
Free

Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co

Attractions

Occupying the building that held the old Castlehill reservoir, this establishment is like an extensive complex of concessions where you can do everything...

555 Castlehill
Free

Electric Circus

Clubs, Music

Now, this is a novelty. Formerly known as Massa, Buster's and a host of other names, the Electric Circus has been subject to an extensive refurbishment that...

36-39 Market Street
Free

Forest

Music

A hippy vibe pervades this collective-run venue in a former church, with bands playing either in the café-bar area or in the upstairs hall. For sensitive...

3 Bristo Place
Tags: Old Town
Free

Greyfriars Kirk

Attractions

On the site of a Franciscan friary, Greyfriars dates back to 1620. The west end of the church was reduced to ruins in 1718 after the local council's...

2 Greyfriars Place
Free

GRV

Clubs

Duck down a smelly alley off the Cowgate, look left to see where the Cowgate fire of 2002 claimed one of its biggest scalps in the shape of defunct club La...

7 Guthrie Street
Free

High Kirk of St Giles

Critics' choice
Attractions

There's been a church on this site since AD 854. Nothing remains of the earliest structures, but the four pillars that surround the Holy Table in the centre...

High Street
FreeMajor venue

Hive

Clubs, Music

As the name suggests, this club is made up of a series of interlocking rooms, which host a series of student-friendly nights across two dancefloors and...

15-17 Niddry Street
Tags: Club, Old Town
Free

Hub

Attractions, Shops

The Grade A-listed Highland Tolbooth St John's Kirk started life as the Victoria Hall for the Established Church General Assembly in 1844, following the...

348 Castlehill
Free

Jazz Bar

Music

One of the vicitims of the Old Town fire of 2002 was the Bridge Jazz Bar. Proprietor Bill Kyle asked local jazz stalwarts for their help backing a new...

1a Chambers Street
Tags: Jazz, Old Town
Free

Magdalen Chapel

Attractions

Built between 1541 and 1547 (the steeple was added in 1626), Magdalen Chapel is the headquarters of the Scottish Reformation Society. The chapel held the...

41 Cowgate
Free
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