The Edinburgh Comedy Festival

By Neil Kerr

Edinburgh’s annual month long comedy festival…….. so much more than the comedy!

Expect the unexpected during your visit to this fantastic festival.

Just walking through this magnificent city to the venues clustered around Bristo and George squares brings a fantastic array of acts from all over the planet.

A walk up the High Street makes a fantastic start to any day at the festival and a perfect opportunity to see  bite sized snippets from many of the acts offering tickets to their shows at the many venues across the city alongside the plentiful street performers with their spectacular variety of entertaining shows to behold for a mere donation in their hat at the end of their show.




These images are from my walk up the High Street which was bustling with performers and audiences. Every ten yards or so there is something to see or listen to for everyone.



If its live shows you are interested in seeing, the Edinburgh festival has what you are looking for, theatre, comedy, music, kids shows, dance or cabaret is all there for you to enjoy.

Once you are finished soaking up the street performances there is plenty more to see at Bristo Square and the surrounding area where you will find the Udderbelly’s iconic upside down purple cow amongst many other venues including, the Gilded Balloon, Assembly@ George Square, and Pleasance’s Dome and Courtyard venues to name but a few. Inside each of these venues there are many rooms of various sizes housing a wide variety of different performances for you to choose from, so choose wisely as not all will be to your taste. I found the links at the bottom of this page helpful for reviews etc.

And while you are there do not forget to soak up the atmosphere at the many bars and food areas on offer while enjoying well deserved refreshments.

Pictures of the venues mentioned above click on the image to visit the venue website

If you are considering a day at the festival then do not think any more, just do it!

Go and I assure you that if you plan your visit in advance, pre-booking your tickets to avoid disappointment and ensuring you know how to get to your venues then you will have a great time.Although I do think a week is a more appropriate length of time to take in the best that the festival has to offer.

click these links to find out more or book tickets online. or

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