What people call the "Edinburgh festival" is actually a combination of several festivals that take place in August. Because of its scale, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the most visible. Presenting over 2800 shows, it colonises church halls, lecture theatres and basement bars, and spills out onto the streets. The 2014 dates are 1–25 August.

Without the Edinburgh International Festival, however, there would be no Fringe. Since 1947, this high-prestige event has been inviting world-class orchestras, opera singers, drama companies and dance ensembles to the city's major concert halls and theatres. The 2014 dates are 8–31 August.

And these are just for starters. No cultural tourist will want to miss the Edinburgh Art Festival (31 July–31 August 2014) and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (9–25 August 2014), both major events in their own right, featuring some of the world's greatest creative minds.

It's a lot to get your head around, so let Edinburgh Festival Tours do the work for you. Follow the About the Tours link to find out how you can have the best possible experience of the world's best festival city – with all the thrills and none of the hassle . . . Here to orientate you is an Edinburgh map.



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