Planning for Summer 2014
Whether you've just discovered the Edinburgh Festivals, have always wanted to visit or are a regular summer visitor, now is the time to start planning your summer 2014 break.
If you have always wanted to visit the Edinburgh Festivals but have never managed before, or if you have been every year and are already dreaming of next summer, now is the time to plan for your summer festivals break.
Although tickets are often available until minutes before some shows, a bit of forward planning will help you choose when to visit and get tickets for the things you definitely want to see.
Seven festivals take place during the summer season, kicking off with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and finishing with the Edinburgh Mela and International Festival fireworks concert.
The summer festival season dates for 2014 are below. And you can also find information on our year-round festival calendar.
2014 Summer Festivals
Edinburgh International Film Festival: 18 - 29 June
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: 18 - 27 July
Edinburgh Art Festival: 31 July - 31 August
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 1 - 25 August
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 1 - 23 August
Edinburgh International Festival: 8 - 31 August
Edinburgh International Book Festival: 9 - 25 August
Edinburgh Mela: 29 - 31 August
Planning your trip
Most festival programmes are announced 6-8 weeks before they start, meaning you may need to book your travel and accomodation before your tickets are finalised. But taking a leap of faith can most certainly be rewarded - with more than 2,000 performances, exhibitions and events taking place all over the city in August alone, there really is something on offer for everyone.
Some tickets are already available: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is on sale now, and public booking for the Edinburgh International Festival opens on 29 March. Some Edinburgh Festival Fringe tickets are released in early spring but most become available when the programme is launched in June.
Find out more about travelling to Edinburgh and getting around the city here.
Where to stay
Edinburgh has a great range of accommodation, from 1 to 5 stars, as well as hostels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses. Booking early usually offers more choice and cheaper deals, although you may be lucky and find something last minute using sites like Laterooms. You could also try sites like AirBnB for apartments and homestay accomodation at affordable prices. You can also find accomodation all over Scotland at visitscotland.com.
You could also consider staying outside of Edinburgh. Fife and East and West Lothian are short bus or train rides away and the cities of Glasgow and Perth are only around 45 minutes to 1 hour away by train.
Edinburgh is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of Scotland and its unique landscapes, from the Highlands and Islands in the north to the Scottish Borders in the south.