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The Best Festivals in Edinburgh this Summer

Our Favourite Summer Festivals in Edinburgh Edinburgh is famous for its festivals all year round. But particularly in the summer months, when huge events, such as the Festival Fringe and International Festival, take over the city completely. And here at Parliament House Hotel, we are just a short walk from all the action. So, here’s our […]

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10 Things to look forward to at The Royal Highland Show 2020

Now in its 180th year, the Royal Highland Show is a showcase for Scottish farming excellence. It’s a chance to meet, touch, smell, taste and take home the best the country has to offer. With thousands of trade exhibitors and the finest animals from across the UK and Ireland. Not to mention, plenty of live music […]

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Visiting the Beltane Fire Festival 2020

If you find yourself in Edinburgh on 30th April you could be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a step back in time. By a good couple of centuries, at least! Because this is the night when thousands of spectators make their way to the top of the iconic Calton Hill to welcome in the summer. […]

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Things to do this Easter in Edinburgh

Easter Weekend in Edinburgh 2020 Now that the festive season is over, our thoughts turn to the next holiday in the calendar. Easter falls on Friday 10th to Monday 13th April this year. So, lets take a look at what’s on this Easter weekend in Edinburgh to keep us all entertained. Festivals The Edinburgh Science […]

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Unmissable Edinburgh Festivals 2020

We are about to begin a whole new year in Edinburgh! So, let’s take a look at some of the must-see Edinburgh festivals of 2020. One for every month of the year! January: Burn’s Night Burn’s Night is an annual celebration of the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Every year, on […]

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Not-to-miss St Andrew's Day Events in Edinburgh

St Andrew, or Andrew the Apostle, is the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew’s Day on 30th November each year, is Scotland’s national day. It’s an official bank holiday and traditional Scottish events are held across the country in his honour. The perfect activity if you’re visiting Scotland and looking to experience some of our […]

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What to see at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh is well known for its annual festivals. One, however, which rises head and shoulders above the others is the Edinburgh International Festival. Since 1947, the festival has grown into an all-encompassing takeover of theatre in the city during August. The festival takes the best of theatre, opera, dance and music […]

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5 Top Comedy Shows to See at the Fringe 2019

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. If you’re looking for something to tickle your funny bone, you’d be hard pressed to do better than The Fringe. Known for showcasing the best up-and-coming comedy stars as well as hardened veterans of the circuit, this year promises to be bigger than […]

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A Beginner's Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

History of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947, when eight groups of performers arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the first ever Edinburgh International Festival. Due to the strict criteria for entering the International Festival, they were refused entry. But rather than being discouraged, they performed on the fringe […]

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What’s on at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2019?

It’s that time of year when all thoughts turn to summer and the festivities happening in the Scottish capital. Here in Edinburgh, famously known as the Festival City, our streets, venues and public spaces will soon be alive with the sound of music, performance and entertainment. And, one of the best events to takes place […]

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Six Nations Rugby in Edinburgh

Every February and March we welcome rugby fans to our hotel, before they make their way to Murrayfield for the Six Nations in Edinburgh. If you’re planning on joining them in 2019, we advise you to book your hotel early as match weekends are extremely popular and hotels fill up quickly. To get you in […]

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Top Scottish Events of 2019

Plan Ahead with Our Guide for Things to Do in Scotland in 2019 If you’re planning ahead and looking for some fun things to do in Scotland in 2019, the country bursting with events. Rich in history, heritage, food and drink, and culture, our Scottish towns, cities and countryside have something for everyone. From exploring […]

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