Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park

Looking for a good walk in the middle of the city? Don’t miss out on the chance to see Edinburgh from the top of Arthur’s seat and hike up this ancient volcano! This is a trail that has to be on the bucket list of hiking enthusiasts and anyone interested in photography. There’s a reason this is one of Edinburgh’s most popular visitor attractions!

Why walk up Arthur's Seat?

This ancient dormant volcano offers some of the most breathtaking 360 degree views of Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians. It's also a historic site, with evidence of human life here as early as 5000 B.C. and the ruins of Bronze Age settlements in Holyrood park.

Why not explore the rest of Holyrood Park while you’re here? With amazing flora and geology as well as a great visitor centre, a medieval church and picturesque Duddingston Loch, it’s the perfect natural retreat from the busy streets of Edinburgh. If you’d rather dive back into the bustle of the city then don’t worry, the Royal Mile is just a short walk away, with tons of great shops to explore and easy links to the rest of the city.

  • Open year-round
  • Parking available at Holyrood Palace (£1 an hour) or The High Road and Dunsapie Loch Car Park are open to vehicles from Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30 am to 3 pm

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What's on in Edinburgh

Charity Garden Opening - Shepherd House

10 - 23 August, 2022
A constantly evolving artist’s garden that never stands still, with lots of surprises including a shell house built in 2014, lavender parterres, a rill and fountains. At its heart are the plants filling every border, spilling over arches and lining paths, which are the inspiration for Ann’s paintings. The season starts with the snowdrop collection of over 70 cultivars, moves on through hellebores, tulips, irises and roses. One of the garden's features is a mirror steel diamond sculpture to commemorate the Frasers' diamond wedding anniversary and 60 years in this garden.  This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

Charity Garden Opening - Hunter's Tryst

10 - 23 August, 2022
Well-stocked and beautifully designed, mature, medium-sized town garden comprising herbaceous and shrub beds, lawn, fruit and some vegetables, water features, seating areas, trees and an example of cloud pruning. This is a wildlife-friendly garden that has been transformed from a wilderness 38 years ago and continues to evolve. In 2017 two raised beds were added to the front garden. This hidden treasure of a garden was featured on The Beechgrove Garden in June 2015 and on The Instant Gardener in June 2016. As we were unable to open in 2021 due to serious house damage, it is particularly exciting to be able to welcome everybody back in 2022. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

Charity Garden Opening - 14 East Brighton Crescent

10 - 23 August, 2022
Roughly two-thirds of an acre suburban garden, developed over 40 years. People have said the following about it: 'A little bit of countryside in the town', 'Booming with green', 'A bosky bower' and 'There is such a wide range of plant material and every little corner holds a new gem'. This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.

Curious About Edinburgh

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Heritage walk through historic Edinburgh, with an optional treasure hunt.

Edinburgh Art Festival

10 - 23 August, 2022
Scotland's largest annual celebration of visual art offers work by the best contemporary Scottish artists as well as exhibitions of the most important international artists and movements of the 20th century and other historical periods. This year, ten artists from previous Edinburgh Art Festival editions will present their work online to mark the dates of what would have been the 2020 event.

Edinburgh International Festival

10 - 23 August, 2022
Bringing world-class arts to the capital since 1947, the EIF sets the standard for classical concerts, opera, dance and theatre, while it's recently also added an excellent contemporary music strand.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

10 - 23 August, 2022
Each year, thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for each and every taste. From big names to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, children's shows, music and cabaret.

International Comedy Jam

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Psycho Capital: Calum Craik

10 - 23 August, 2022
Calum Craik’s new installation for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's street front gallery, examines the current neoliberal capitalist landscape through the lens of the objects and imagery it produces. The viewer is invited to navigate through a stage set of construction debris, precarious worker uniforms, defensive architecture and AirBnB rentals to arrive at a psychological space as much as a physical one. His sculptural vocabulary uses discarded materials and everyday items to examine labour, class, changing economies and complicity. 

Late Show Great Show

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MaX-XiM

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Dandelion -- Unexpected Garden: Edinburgh

10 - 23 August, 2022
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Leon Morrocco: Long Road Home

10 - 23 August, 2022
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Zippos Cirque Berserk

10 - 23 August, 2022
Combining contemporary cirque style artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, and daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills. Don’t miss the world’s most hair-raising act – the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’, live in the circus ring.