Laugh 'til your sides hurt at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Fringe is the sister of the city's famous international festival and is the world's largest arts festival. Taking place every August, you can see anything from street performers, to off-the-wall drama, to jugglers, to the latest comedy talent. Well known for being the place where many of today's best-known performers cut their teeth - Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Tim Minchin and Steve Coogan to name a few - the Edinburgh fringe is a melting pot of raw talent. Head to the area around St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile to find out what's on - the fringe is an open-access event where anyone can perform if they can find a venue so literally anything could happen.
Edinburgh is steeped in history so start your tour with a visit to the atmospheric Edinburgh Castle, then head next door to the fabulous Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. For stylish shopping, wander down the graceful curve of Victoria Street or head in the other direction towards the elegant Princes and George streets in the New Town for all the mainstream stores.
A bracing walk up Arthur's Seat
If you want to stretch your legs go for a hike up one of Edinburgh's distinctive landmarks - the extinct volcano called Arthur's Seat. It's a short steep climb but offers fantastic views of the city. Looking for accommodation Near Edinburgh Fringe Festival? Travelodge Edinburgh Central Hotel's an excellent choice or you could stay at Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place Hotel.