Edinburgh hosts a wide range of diverse festivals, including the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Hogmanay. Thousands flock to the city every year to experience the rich culture, history and vitality of the Scottish people.
With multiple events, shows and live music to experience, costs can soon rack up if you’re not careful. That’s why the travel experts from Expedia have provided their top money saving tips to accompany the launch of their Edinburgh FestivalFindr.
The FestivalFindr is a great tool for anyone visiting Edinburgh’s spectacular festivals, because it provides information on the festivals themselves, as well as offering suggestions of things to do, accommodation and places to eat and drink around the city! So if you’re on a student budget and want to make the most of your visit to Edinburgh, read on to find some helpful tips on how you can save money!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an incredible event, with plenty of different shows, acts and music for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.
If you’re looking to save a bit of cash at the Fringe this year, there are a wide range of free shows held at various venues throughout the duration of the festival. The complete list of free shows can be found on the official Free Festival website, and there are plenty of genres to choose from. So you’ll be sure to find something you’ll like, and you won’t have to pay a penny!
Edinburgh Art Festival
The Edinburgh Art Festival is a colorful celebration of visual art and is the largest of its kind in the UK, making it an event not to be missed.
The festival hosts a range of paid and free exhibitions, however, many of the paid events also offer concession prices and discounted student tickets, so you can save even more money by taking advantage of these discounts.
You can find out more about the festival on their website, as well as see the full programme of events and exhibitions.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and are looking for a place to eat or drink beforehand, there are a number of local restaurants and bars to tickle your fancy. TGI Fridays and Chaophraya are only a short walk from the Military Tattoo, and regularly host special offers and discounts.
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The Chaophraya restaurant also has glass walls offering spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, so if you fancy a discounted dinner with a view, why not take a trip and treat yourself.
Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is held in a variety of different venues around central Edinburgh, and brings some of the finest opera, theatre and dance performances to the masses.
Fortunately the city of Edinburgh is very compact, making most of the venues easily accessible by foot. This is one of the best ways to get a feel for the city, and will help you save on transport costs.
If you want to venture further afield, there are plenty of bus and tram services to choose from, most of which provide discounts for students and concessions too.
This spectacular new year celebration provides plenty of fireworks, music and events, so you can ring in the new year in style.
If you live within Edinburgh t, you can get 20% off tickets for some the events and the torchlight procession is free, so you can definitely enjoy this special event without a needing a special budget.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Celebrating exceptional literature at the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a great way to spend your summer. Over 1000 authors are visiting the festival this year, and hundreds of entertaining events are being held, for people of all ages to enjoy.
Entry to the book festival village is free and is situated in Charlotte Square Gardens, making it the perfect place to go for a stroll and see what the festival has to offer.
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