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Things to do in Edinburgh in August 2022

29th Jul, 2022

August is a month filled with exciting cultural events in Edinburgh. The city is bustling with people and there is plenty to see and do. Here are our top things to do in Edinburgh in August 2022. Enjoy a show at the Fringe This year is the 75th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe. For three …

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Gin in Edinburgh

14th Jul, 2022

Gin is an incredibly popular drink now, but the craze began in the 1700s. Delve into the fascinating history of gin in Edinburgh. The Arrival of Gin in Edinburgh Gin was imported through the docks of Leith. It was the closeness to the docks that helped the gin trade flourish because distilleries were usually close …

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Things To Do in Edinburgh in July 2022

29th Jun, 2022

It’s the peak of summer! There are loads of exciting things to do in Edinburgh in July 2022, from climbing one of Edinburgh’s hills to a unique tour and gin tasting experience. Climb Calton Hill Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh’s seven hills and a favourite of locals and tourists. It has incredible views of …

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Pride Month: Meet Robert Fergusson and Sophia Jex-Blake

10th Jun, 2022

This June we are celebrating Pride Month. You can hear the real stories of Edinburgh’s former residents, in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland. Here is an introduction to Robert Fergusson and Sophia Jex-Blake, who you will meet on our Pride History tours. Robert Fergusson Born in Edinburgh in 1750, the poet inspired the work of …

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5 Things to do in Edinburgh in June 2022

31st May, 2022

Summer is finally here (even if the weather doesn’t feel like it sometimes). There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh in June 2022, from learning about LGBTQIA+ history to admiring incredible views of the city. Visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this June by exploring a palace with historical and …

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