Book a short break in Edinburgh hotels to enjoy the August festivals

Friday, 15 July 2011 9:39 AM

If you're looking for a cultural short break where you can take in the arts, why not consider booking into Edinburgh hotels during August?

The Scottish capital has plenty to offer holidaymakers all year round, but August is an especially good time to visit as numerous festivals are held during the month.

If you've been browsing accommodation for the perfect place to stay, look no further than the Holiday Inn Waterfront hotel, located next to the historical harbour of Leith.

The hotel boasts facilitates such as public internet, Sky TV and a laundry service and isn't far from Edinburgh's centre, while the rooms are modern and comfortable.

Once you've settled in, you might like to make your way to the location of some of the festivals. The first event to take place in August is the Edinburgh Arts Festival, which begins on the 4th.

Lasting for a whole month, the occasion sees art galleries, museums and visual arts spaces come together to put on special displays of contemporary works, photography exhibits and pieces by grand masters. There's lots to get involved in and plenty to see across the city during these busy four weeks.

A day after the event has begun; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival gets underway. This is the largest arts occasion in the world and combines comedy acts with live theatre across hundreds of venues and throughout the city's streets.

More than 40,000 performances are given during the event, which anyone can take part in, before it comes to an end on August 29th.

Also launching on August 5th is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an event lasting around 22 days and combining music, entertainment, ceremony and theatre in front of the imposing castle.

Later in the month is the Edinburgh International Festival, which runs from August 12th until September 4th. This event sees opera stars, dancers and classical musicians perform for the crowds.

Meanwhile, the last occasion to take place in August is the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which incorporates more than 800 individual events and brings together hundreds of world-renowned writers.

Whether you're a fan of reading, the theatre or comedy performance, you'll be sure to find something to suit your tastes at the many August festivals in the Scottish capital.

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