Whether you’re at the Edinburgh Fringe as a performer, volunteer or spectator, the entire festival is an incredibly memorable experience. The Edinburgh Fringe was the first of its kind, beginning in the 1947, and is still at the leading edge of this kind of theatre. And with nearly 50,000 performances expected to take place this year between 5th and 29th August, you can bet accommodation is going to sell quickly and early. Now is the time to start planning your trip—so here’s our picks for places to stay to be near the action. Book now before they inevitably sell out!
This immaculately designed boutique hostel continues to get rave reviews from everyone who stays, and no wonder – they offer free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a great location five minutes’ walk from Waverly Station.
They have dorms for up to 12 people (including ladies’ dorms) as well as a four-bed ensuite private room.
St Christopher’s Edinburgh
You literally could not get any more central than St Christopher’s – it’s in Old Town next to Waverly Station. Forget about having to drag your luggage or props around when you get off the airport bus! This modern hostel offers tons of freebies like continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, secure luggage storage, historic walking tours and even free laundry after 8pm. Plus there’s a 25% discount for residents in the onsite bar and restaurant, with delicious, fresh and sizeable portions.
This hostel in New Town has some of the coolest dorm beds in Edinburgh—they’re modelled after Japanese capsule rooms! This means the beds are steady and super-private so you can get a good night’s sleep before another day soaking up the Fringe. It’s no wonder they receive consistently high reviews from guests—especially with free breakfast including Nutella, yum yum.
Set just off Princes St near Calton Hill, this cosy little hostel is perfect for smaller groups at the Fringe. Haggis Hostels offers private rooms and dorms for up to 10 people, with some essential extras like free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and laundry facilities. From here you can easily walk to most of the festival venues as well as the city’s best sights—great if you’re trying to fit everything in on a tight schedule!
Castle Rock Hostel
Dreaming of castles? Well, you might be when you’re staying at this hostel—it’s located right under Edinburgh Castle in Old Town. And since it’s set in a grand 19th-century house, you might feel like royalty inside the hostel as well! This is definitely one of Edinburgh’s top hostels and is perfect for any size group; they have dorms catering for everything from four to 16 people, plus great private rooms. But hurry up, the privates are going fast for the Fringe period this year.
Travelling to Edinburgh Fringe with a group of pals or your performance troupe? Let our Groups Department help you to sort out the perfect accommodation!