Edinburgh will make you fall in love. With its arts, its history, its culture. Its one-of-a-kind independent shops and boutiques and incredible high street shopping. Not to mention the seriously good selection of places to eat, drink and enjoy your stay. And, of course, with the city itself. Here are some of the places we particularly love.
Fall head over heels for The Festival Theatre
There’s been a theatre on this site in Nicolson Street for almost 200 years, hosting greats from music hall and Hollywood through the ages. In 1994 it became one of the main hubs of the Edinburgh International Festival, and was renamed accordingly. Designed to be Scotland’s premier dance and opera house, it’s the Edinburgh home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, programming world-class performances throughout the year. It also hosts a range of other art forms, from ballroom and modern dance to musical theatre, comedy, live music and events.
Love everything live at the Usher Hall
Scotland’s only five-star concert hall, the Usher Hall has been synonymous with incredible music since 1914. Its highly-praised acoustics make it one of the best concert venues in Europe, and it has hosted performances by many of the world’s finest musicians. The city’s key destination for visiting national and international orchestras, the Usher Hall is the Edinburgh base of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Have a date at Filmhouse
Since Edinburgh has been the location for box-office blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War, Cloud Atlas, Trainspotting and Chariots of Fire, it’s only fitting that it should have a star-status-worthy cinema. Since 1976, that role has been filled by Filmhouse, Scotland’s leading independent cinema. Featuring all that’s best in world and independent cinema as well as the big hitters, it offers around 700 films and events every year, and is home to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Discover the romance of the Writers’ Museum
This astonishing and intimate collection tells the stories of three Scottish literary heroes — Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s home to treasures like Burns’s desk, Sir Walter’s childhood rocking horse and the ring presented to Stevenson by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’ — ‘Teller of Tales’. It is, appropriately, a collection of fascinating tales that go beyond anything these men ever wrote down.
Explore the independent shops and restaurants in Edinburgh’s West End
Home to some of the city’s most exquisite hidden gems, the West End’s cobbled streets offer a stress-free saunter around one-of-a-kind boutiques, gift shops, jewellers and galleries. There are plenty of places to stop for a refreshing beverage and a bite to eat when the mood takes you. There’s even a ‘sound map’ you can load to your personal player for your own, personal guided tour!
Fall in love with Dovecot Gallery
The vaulted halls of this contemporary art, craft and design gallery were formerly home to Edinburgh’s Infirmary Street Baths, the first of their kind in the city. Today the gorgeous iron arches cover an incredible collection of creative talent, built around a leading international tapestry studio. It’s the heart of a year-round calendar of exhibitions and events, and a must-see for any supporter of making and the creative arts.
Discover your next favourite creative talent at The Traverse Theatre
The Traverse Theatre was founded in 1963 to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today its year-round mission is to champion creative talent by placing powerful, contemporary theatre at the heart of cultural life. With a strong focus on engagement, both with audiences and with people of all ages and background who have an interest in the theatre, it’s a place that nurtures new talent for us all to fall in love with.
OUR LOVE VENUES
The Writers' Museum
Lady Stair’s Close
The Usher Hall
The Usher Hall
Phone: 0131 228 1155
88 Lothian Road
Phone: 0131 228 2688
13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT
The Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED
Edinburgh's West End
The elegant “village” around William Street and Queensferry Street.