You probably know Edinburgh as home to the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Every August, this citywide mega-jamboree involves thousands of plays, stand-up, live music and literary events cropping up all over town. The fun, feverish, slightly chaotic atmosphere makes this quite easily the best time to visit, but even beyond August, Edinburgh claims the title of festival city for a reason. There are so many culturally enriching experiences on offer all year, from the Edinburgh International Film Festival to Hogmanay. On top of this, the bustling Edinburgh restaurant scene and its vast array of hard-to-beat pubs make it an excellent, exhilarating year-round destination, too – especially if you’re into your food and drink.
Surrounded by hills and glorious scenery, Edinburgh is a dream for photographers, as well as keen explorers and ramblers looking for idyllic walks away from any hustle and bustle. And just outside the city centre, you'll find even more gems, from Turkish baths and the city's seaside to a breathtaking sculpture park brimming with art.
So, planning a holiday here and need some inspiration? Here’s what you should get up to next time you’re in town: 20 things to do in Edinburgh you simply have to tick off.
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