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Edinburgh - Arts & Culture

Edinburgh is a paradise for lovers of arts and culture. Check out our list of the top ten arts and culture venues and events not to be missed on any visit to Edinburgh.

Colourful capital - National Galleries of Scotland
Art lovers are in for a treat in Edinburgh. Not only do these impressive galleries showcase some of the best Scottish and international art in the world, but entrance to all of them is free. World-class exhibitions come to town frequently so check what's on.

Soak up our history - National Museums of Scotland
Scotland - past, present and future - that's what you'll find here. What influence has the world had on Scotland, and Scotland on the world? All the collections have tales to tell; Viking brooches, Pictish stones, ancient chessmen and Queen Mary's clarsach. Connect with Dolly the sheep, design a robot, test drive a Formula One car or blast off into outer space - a fascinating day out!

Join the party at Edinburgh Winter Festivals
Everyone knows that Edinburgh's New Year's party is the best in the world, but the festivities get underway long before the bells toll on Edinburgh's Hogmanay. The party starts on December 1st, so get in the spirit of things and plan your visit now.

Edinburgh International Festival
Discover the world's finest talent in Edinburgh. The biggest and best arts festivals transforms the capital every summer. Offering an unrivalled programme of music, theatre, opera and dance across six major venues, the Edinburgh International Festival is an experience not to be missed.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

If it's worth watching, you'll see it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The world's most famous acting stars show up for the premieres and screenings, adding all the glitz, glamour and sparkle you'd expect from the longest continually running film festival in the world.

Edinburgh Art Festival

From the next big thing to the old masters, you'll see it all at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Acclaimed for being brilliantly diverse, this month-long event offers a vibrant programme of visual arts, exhibitions and events.

Ceilidh Culture

How's your dashing white sergeant? This eclectic celebration of Scotland's traditional arts is the place to find out. There are loads of family friendly events to keep you entertained, including music workshops and performance, dance and storytelling.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

700 inspirational events over 17 fascinating days. Stars of the show are the 600 authors who descend on the city for the world's largest celebration of the written word. A must for anyone with a passion for a brilliant page-turner.

What a show! The Edinburgh Playhouse
Edinburgh has a brilliant selection of theatres, and The Playhouse is one of the best. The biggest theatre stage in the whole of the UK plays host to some of the world's most popular productions, including many of the West End's longest-running hits.