Literary Attractions

There’s an incredible amount to see and do in Edinburgh, from literary tours, walking trails and monuments to museums, exhibitions, live events and gardens. We’ve got bookshops, libraries, pubs, historical houses, locations of beloved books, and of course, the largest celebration of literature in the world, the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Live Events

Edinburgh has an absolutely cracking year-round program of events, from the most phenomenal book festival in the world to the littlest show in the smallest pub.
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We’ve a huge array of bookshops full of every kind of book, comic, and water buffalo. Read on!
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Our literary city’s beating heart where Books, Words and Ideas are for all.
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Pressed for time and bamboozled by choice? We've done the hard work for you, putting together suggestions for what you could do in our sparkling city of words.
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival

The largest literary festival in the world attracts thousands of writers, artists, performers and visitors every year. Be part of the story.
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Tours and Trails

We boast some of the wittiest, liveliest literary guides in the world. Wear sensible shoes and prepare to hear some good tales washed down with a dram.
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Eat Your Words

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." 'Read well' could be added to this list so here are some suggestions for literary dining opportunities. Read more