The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, regularly attracting over a million visitors during the three week-long festivities in August.
The Fringe is an eclectic mix of comedy and theatre productions in a range of venues – including at the world famous Gilded Balloon theatre – as well as multitude of street performances and musicians, all of which help to make the Fringe one of the most popular tourist draws for Edinburgh.
With so many visiting the city during this time, finding hotels in Edinburgh around the time of the festival can be a difficult process. travelsupermarket.com advise that “the West End of Edinburgh is a convenient and well presented area, which has hotels in a similar vein, whilst cheaper hotel options can be found in The Cowgate”, so it can be worth shopping around in all areas of Edinburgh to try and find a hotel to suit you.
Edinburgh hotels usually fill up well in advance, so booking early is essential if you want to get the most out of your Fringe visit. So what is there to consider when looking for accommodation options in the run-up to the festival itself?
- Book early to avoid disappointment – plan your trip well in advance, taking into consideration how long you want to stay for and which events you want to see and plan your trip around these.
- Think outside the box – there are some homes in Edinburgh that turn into makeshift hotels for the duration of the festival, so it can be worth broadening your search if you can’t find anything nearby.
- Consider a commute – whilst most of the action will be taking place in the centre of Edinburgh, there are plenty of accommodation opportunities on the outskirts of the city. If you don’t mind a short journey by bus or taxi it can be worth looking at staying outside of the city.
Edinburgh is a vast and varied city, and with a wide range of accommodation options available all around the city – including the world famous Old Town – you’ll find plenty on offer for your visit to the city – whether it’s to join in the festivities of the Fringe or to just soak up the atmosphere in this warm and welcoming city.
Author: David Collins