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5 Unusual Edinburgh Venues


While you are checking out Edinburgh, take a tour of its unusual venues. See a music act in a 100-year-old vault, take a peek inside a mansion designed by a renowned architect or watch fireworks from an open-air bandstand next to a castle.

Your go-to guide to some of Edinburgh’s unusual venues.

1. Gosford House
Longniddry, East Lothian
Scotland, Eh32 0PY

fringe-unusual-venues-FINALThe Gosford House is a stunning neo-classical mansion situated in East Lothian near several renowned golf courses. This property even has a movie credit — the interior and exterior were used in the 2000 film House of Mirth. According to Wikipedia, the mansion’s grounds contain “an unusual and rare example of a Scottish curling house.”

2. The Caves
8-10 Niddry Street South
A must-stop on your tour, The Caves is one of the most stunning and unique venues in the city. These once-forgotten vaults in the centre of Edinburgh host events of all kinds, from weddings to music gigs.

3. Ross Bandstand 
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street
First built in 1877 and home to loads of events since 1935, this open-air bandstand sits south of the gardens just under the Edinburgh Castle. Settle into this gorgeous locale to watch the end of the festival firework display—it’s pure magic.

4. Out of The Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny St
This hip space hosts it all: flea market, cafe, shows, gigs, comedy, workshops, exhibitions and much more. And even better? They support the community and local arts. Thumbs up.

5. La Belle Angèle
11 Hasties Close
First opened in 1992, La Belle Angèle was one of Edinburgh’s most popular clubs and featured many iconic bands. In 2002, a fire ripped through the Cowgate and destroyed eleven buildings. Out of the ashes, the club came back and is now a major part of the city’s live music scene.