Edinburgh Festival Ticket Buying Guide

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Edinburgh Festival Ticket Buying Guide

The Edinburgh festival is a collective term for all the annual August festivals that occur in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each year, the city of Edinburgh gets transformed into a colourful place full of entertaining sights, sounds, and experiences. With over 10 festivals running their shows at the same time, tourists should find many things to see and do while in the city. It is no wonder then that Edinburgh is considered one of the most popular tourist spots in the United Kingdom, attracting more than a million visitors from all over the world each year.

People who plan to make a trip to Edinburgh just to visit the festival should know the different ones being held there in order to maximise their visit. It is important to be knowledgeable about the different types of tickets available as well as the specific months of the festival. It is also helpful to know the special offers that normally come when purchasing these tickets. Additionally, tourists who plan on spending days or weeks in Edinburgh should consider visiting the other attractions that may be found in and around the city.

 Edinburgh Festivals

There are a wide variety of festivals that may be attended in Edinburgh. While most are held in August, there are also a few that are held in other months of the year. Below is a quick description of the festival, months held, type of tickets, and the possible discounts.

Festival Name



Ticket Types

General Offers

  Edinburgh International Film Festival

One of the world's oldest-running film festivals; showcases documentaries, feature-length films, animations, short films, and music videos, among others


Opening/Closing; Feature Films; In Person; Free Ticketed Event

Discounted multi-ticket purchases; ticket packages for multiple events; discounted early bookings

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Features the best of jazz and blues with appearances from both local and international acts; offers jam sessions, festival talks, and jazz lessons


Show; Concert

Early bird discount; group discount; kids go free

Edinburgh Art Festival

Has over 40 contemporary visual art exhibitions in different galleries, artist-led spaces, and museums all over Edinburgh; offers guided tours, artist talks, film screening, family activities, and more


Majority of the festival events are free admission


Edinburgh International Festival

Showcases Scottish culture by offering a wide range of events in the realm of opera, classical music, theatre, dance, and more; popular for its Virgin Money Fireworks Concert; considered as a world-class premier arts festival; started in 1947


Event; Concert; Free ticketed events

Discounts for festival goers below 26 years old; discounted group bookings; Young Musicians' Passport; member-only early booking discounts; other special offers

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Biggest arts festival in the world; started alongside the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947; offers a variety of comedy, classics, and experimental works from all over the world; jumping-off point of many well-known writers and performers


Event; Concert; "2 for 1"; Free ticketed events; free admission

Friend of the Fringe special offers; early booking offers; half price offers

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Military ceremony, music, theatre and entertainment; showcases dancers, display teams, and military bands from all over the world; performed in Edinburgh Castle


Stewart Package; Bruce Package; Premier Seat Only; Wallace Package; Hospitality Package; Amber Package; Queen Anne Package; Standard Seat Only

Friend of the Tattoo special offers

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Celebrates both contemporary and traditional storytelling from Scotland and all over the world; offers performances, talks, discussions, workshops, and activities for the entire family

October to November

Free ticketed events; Family ticket; Adult tickets

Storytelling Festival Supporter offers

Edinburgh Mela Festival

Highlights the diverse culture found all over the world through theatre, dance, music, fashion, food, fireworks, and more; aims to invite people to explore other cultures

August to September

Entry ticket

Free for children under 12

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Family-friendly programme; book signings and talks from world-renowned thinkers and authors


Adult event tickets; children event tickets; free ticketed events

Free entry to festival

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

One of the largest New Year celebrations; offers concerts, dance, music, and street parties to ring in the new year; showcases the best of Scottish culture

December to January

Entry ticket

Discounted group tickets

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Aims to tickle the person's imagination; fun for all ages; hands-on experiments; features talks, shows, and experiences that encourage scientific exploration and ideas


Adult Day Pass; Child Day Pass; free ticketed events

Discounted group tickets

Imaginate Festival

Inspire children to take and celebrate performance arts; geared towards children


Single ticket; tickets for Family of 2, Family of 3, Family of 4, Family of 5, Family of 6, free admission for some events

Early bird booking; discounted group tickets

Edinburgh is said to be the festival capital of the world. With the wide range of festivals available in this city, there is not a doubt in anyone's mind that this is the truth. Most of these festivals, however, are held in August so choosing from among these festivals boils down to personal preference and budget. For those who do not have a lot of money to spare, Edinburgh also has many free events, which may or may not require pre-booking.

 Other Edinburgh Attractions

For those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh festival, there are also a lot of attractions to be visited and admired in the city. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is characterised by having both medieval and Georgian architecture. One of the highlights of the city is the Edinburgh Castle, which is located atop a dead volcano.

Aside from the castle, make sure to visit the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,Edinburgh Zoo, Calton Hill, the Scottish Parliament, and the National Museum of Scotland , among others. There are walking tours, city bus tours, and other ways to enjoy the city. Near the Edinburgh seafront, tourists should also find the Scottish Seabird Centre, Rosslyn Chapel, Deap Sea World, Tantallon Castle, Linlithgow Palace, the Falkirk Wheel, and many more.

For those who wish to spend a day at the beach, consider visiting the sandy shores of Portobello with the family. This seaside adventure also includes sailing regattas, crepes, ice cream, and sweet shops. Those who look for some culture can find it in the many galleries, libraries, and gift shops that dot Portobello's Heritage Trail.

Lastly, tourists who want to spend the night dancing or watching a play should find no shortage of this in Edinburgh. There comedy clubs, bars, operas, ballet productions, and even a ghost tour of the city's underground vaults. For foodies, there are also many award-winning restaurants that offer various gustatory delights.

 Shopping for Edinburgh Festival Tickets on eBay

If you are planning to go to the Edinburgh festival, consider purchasing your tickets on eBay. It is as simple as typing the festival that you wish to go to or the particular events that you wish to attend. For example, you can type in the "Imaginate Festival" or just " Edinburgh festival" to be general. Those who do not like long lines may want to just book it online through eBay.

Aside from the festival tickets, you can also book your accommodations and travel on eBay as well. This is helpful for those who do not enjoy coordinating among various websites or dealing with the additional expense of a travel agent. With eBay, you can do this all in one website on your laptop or your smartphone. You may even score great deals from people who are unable to make it to the event.

While bargain hunting may get you excited, it is important to always exercise caution when dealing with sellers. Savvy buyers exercise caution whenever they buy something online. They evaluate the seller feedback rating to check if they have cultivated a happy customer base. They also check if the seller has a proven track record with Edinburgh tickets as well. Lastly, savvy shoppers make sure that they go for sellers with feedback ratings that never go below 99 per cent. Extra precautions such as these are key to having a positive and hassle-free transaction.


People who are looking for fun for the entire family should consider going to the Edinburgh festival. Among the many festivals that are held in this city are the International Film Festival, Jazz & Blues Festival, Art Festival, International Festival, Festival Fringe, Military Tattoo, International Storytelling Festival, Mela Festival, International Book Festival, Hogmanay, International Science Festival, and Imaginate Festival, among others.

While some festivals require paid tickets for every event, there are many events that are being offered for free. However, these usually have limited seats so make sure to pre-book as they can fill up fast. Some festivals offer two-for-one tickets, while there are those that have entire hospitality packages that include refreshments and full-course meals. Other festivals are for children and have special tickets for large families with two adult chaperones. For those who plan to book Edinburgh for their next vacation, consider taking a look at the other attractions of the city to fully maximise the trip. Make sure to book tickets and necessary travel arrangements on eBay for an easy, fast, and positive experience.

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