The Central Taxis Guide to The Edinburgh Festival
Read our comprehensive guide to getting the most out of the festival whether you're a visitor or resident in the city.
While the sheer variety of entertainment and spectacle on offer would turn the uninitiated into a lifelong devotee, we’re also aware that even the hardiest reviewer has difficulty navigating the plethora of performances on offer and even the Ringling Brothers couldn't rival Edinburgh's Greatest Show on Earth during the month of August.
So, here's our guide to getting the most out of the Festival whether it's theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions or art that floats your boat.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s beautiful capital city. The combined festivals are the world’s largest cultural phenomenon and the number of tickets sold only exceeded by the Olympics and the World Cup. 2010 saw the most attendees yet with a whopping 1 MILLION, 9 HUNDRED & 55 THOUSAND audience members. The Royal Military Tattoo alone will see 220,000 visitors during the coming month with 100 MILLION viewers tuning in to watch the world's most popular military parade.
Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to perform shows for every nuance. From celebrities to budding unknowns en route to the stratosphere, the festival caters for everyone and features comedy, dance, burlesque, physical theatre, cabaret, musicals, opera, exhibitions and all manner of performing arts.
There are many reasons to become addicted to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regulars are drawn back each year to its electric atmosphere and no-holds-barred attitude to innovation in entertainment. Edinburgh residents will testify to the buzz that engulfs the city.
Don't let the crowds fool you; unlike many tourist hot-spots, Edinburgh can offer you a busy, cheap and even free day out...
1. Get there early! The first days of the festival will see many performers offering cheaper tickets for previews, 2 for 1 offers and will find the reps for the shows much more keen to haggle as they try to pack out the house and drum up excitement about their show.
2. Edinburghers can avail of special offers available to city residents through the 'Cheaper Fringe for Locals' incentive. 500 homes across the city will receive a special ticket offer from The Assembly. Residents can find out more at http://www.cheaperfringe.co.uk/
3. Accommodation. There's something for everyone in Edinburgh. Stay with friends, at one of the many city hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses, rent a flat, a caravan, some vacant student accommodation or treat yourself one of the city's many hotels that range from budget to bumper. If you're looking for a cheap place to rest your head after some fulsome days taking in all there is on offer check out www.housetrip.com and bunk in with some Edinburgh residents who will be sure to share some valuable advice with you on getting out and about in the city.
4. Getting around. Take a taxi! Of course if you need a quick, affordable, and safe way to get around the town take a Central Taxi with Edinburgh's biggest and best black cab firm. Phone our 24/7 booking line on 0131 2292468 to pre-book or order your taxi ASAP. You can also download our free apps from iTunes of GooglePlay and track your taxi on a live map while it makes it's way to you. No one knows Edinburgh quite like our 1300 fully trained drivers so if you'd like an alternative tour of Edinburgh then why not take a taxi tour? For less than the cost of lunch our qualified taxi tour guides will build a bespoke tour just for you and regale you with tales of some of Edinburgh's notorious characters, myths and scandals as you navigate the city in an iconic black taxi.
5. Planning ahead. Download the Edinburgh Fringe app to your phone. It''s easy peasy to book tickets from your phone when you're out and about. Make sure you check what's on offer at The Free Fringe for downtime between those shows you've bought tickets for. Some real gems have been discovered at The free Fringe and you're bound to witness a comedy genius or two on the rise. Some of the world's greatest comedians and entertainers have been discovered garnering giggles in athe backroom of an Edinburgh Pub. But remember to have some change on you for a tip at the end of the show.
6. Last but not least. The weather. Surprisingly enough, Edinburgh doesn't benefit from a tropical climate so be prepared for rain but light clothing should suffice as the famous Auld Reekie winds tend to keep at bay during the month of August.