JOY

Great music. Great theatre. Great shopping. Great food. Whatever brings you joy, you’re going to find it in Edinburgh. With wonderful music, fantastic theatre, outstanding shopping opportunities and, of course, world-class places to stop for refreshments, there’s fun to be had from the moment you get up to the second your head hits the pillow at night. Your only problem might be fitting it all in. Here are some of our top treats:

Watch blockbuster shows at The Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse is the largest working theatre in the UK in terms of audience capacity, comfortably accommodating more than 3,000 people. Productions are equally impressive — the year-round programme of events includes blockbuster musicals, stand up gigs from big-name comedians, huge tribute acts to equally huge bands, ballet, ballroom and — of course — theatre. 2019 will see the Scottish Premiere of the RSC production of Matilda The Musical and the return of Disney’s The Lion King take up residencies at this iconic venue. You might even spot Albert, the resident stage-struck ghost!

Get lost in a performance at the Royal Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum has a reputation for excellence in classical and contemporary work — a reputation borne out by a glance at the year-round programme. Waiting for Godot is followed by the musical adaptation of film classic Local Hero. Climber Simon Yates takes the stage with stories that inspired movies like Touching the Void, and the company presents Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. The year rounds off with a world premiere — a re-worked Christmas Carol, set in Victorian Edinburgh and featuring a certain small dog renowned in city legend… 

Intimate performances at the Queen’s Hall

Unlike St Cecilia’s, which went from a concert hall to a church, Queen’s Hall started as a church and became one of Edinburgh’s most-loved music venues. The church of Newington and St Leonard’s closed in 1976, just in time to give the Scottish Baroque Ensemble, the Scottish Philharmonic Singers and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra the space they were looking for. Since then, the Hall has become a premier independent live music venue, running a year-round programme of events in all musical fields.

Food & Drink in Edinburgh’s City Centre

Edinburgh has something to suit every taste. Edinburgh’s City Centre is home to cafés, bars, restaurants and retailers offering every possible kind of cuisine. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between is equally catered for. Burgers and bhunas, sandwiches and sushi, classic pub meals and Michelin-starred menus. You’ll find the best of Scottish fare, and a fair sample of what the rest of the world has to offer — there’s simply no limit to the options. 

Behind the scenes tours at the King’s Theatre

These two theatres are always worth visiting, whether there’s a show on or not. The King’s, dating back to 1906, is every bit as theatrical on the outside as anything that happens onstage. And the Festival’s sumptuous auditorium overlooks a vast stage, particularly suited to the regular production of ballet, opera and large-scale musical and touring theatre performances. As well as their year-round programme of joyous theatricality, they offer backstage tours for a sneak peek behind the curtains. Definitely a place to put in your spotlight.

Discover something new at Edinburgh Farmers’ Market

There’s nothing finer for a foodie than a fresh farmers’ market. And there are few finer than this one beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. It is, literally, a taste of all that’s best in local produce. Enticing aromas await around every corner — freshly-baked breads and cakes, savoury soups and stews, sea-smelling shellfish and plump, ripe fruits and veg. You’ll also find specialist producers offering everything from hand-made chocolates to gourmet crisps, from Shetland knitwear to luscious leather. It’s always a joy to visit.

Explore a treasure trove of musical finds at St Cecilia’s Hall

St Cecilia’s Hall is the only place in the world where you can hear 18th century music played absolutely authentically — on 18th century instruments in an 18th century concert room. It’s home to an incredible collection of historical musical instruments dating back as far as the 15th century, curated by the University of Edinburgh. It’s also a thriving concert venue with an eclectic year-round programme of classical and modern, musical and non-musical events.

OUR JOY VENUES

St Cecilia's Hall

50 Niddry St, Edinburgh EH1 1LG

King's Theatre

2 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

Edinburgh Farmer's Market

Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EN

The Queen's Hall

Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX

Edinburgh City Centre

The bustling heart of the city: Princes Street, George Street and St Andrew Square area.

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

The Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Lane
Edinburgh
EH1 3AA

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Royal Lyceum Theatre

30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

Phone: 0131 248 4848
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King’s Theatre

2 Leven Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LQ

Phone: 0131 529 6000
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The Queen’s Hall

Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG

Phone: 0131 668 2019
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Edinburgh City Centre

The bustling heart of the city: Princes Street, George Street and St Andrew Square area.

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Edinburgh Farmers’ Market

Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN

Phone: 0131 220 8580
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St Cecilia’s Hall

50 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Phone: 0131 650 2600
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