Thursday, 7 August 2014

Festive Edinburgh … and how to survive it

A GUIDE produced by VisitScotland might help to ensure that visitors to the Edinburgh Festival this August are not left red-faced after trying to pronounce Cockburn Street. 

Sporty types, music lovers, fashionistas, history and comedy buffs are also advised about acts and performances to suit their preferred tastes within the thousands of shows on offer.

The Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide is the first ever handbook of its kind.

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Performers on Edinburgh's High Street for the Festival Fringe 2014 by Brian McNeil

Tips include advice on looking out for Edinburgh’s new trams when crossing roads, starting the day early to get the best tickets, and bringing a bag for all the flyers picked up around the city. 

Information on where to eat, what to bring, correct pronunciations and how to travel to the city are also included, plus the history of the festivals, recommended LGBT bars and pubs, where to go if travelling further afield and the 10 most visited attractions.

The Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide is free to download from

*The Edinburgh Festivals Impact Study in 2011, stated that the festivals over the course of the year generated £261 million of economic impact for Scotland, sustaining 5,242 full time jobs in Edinburgh.

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