Art in the Garden at a past festival (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15441925@N00/2775092416/in/photolist-5ee5hY-2NLCzL-fuSdYc-3LpxB-4ckCaz-ad4no9-ad4mEE-ad1xqR-cTW97j-cTW9Pw-cTW9r3)

Art in the Garden at a past festival

Edinburgh’s annual Summer book festival describes itself as “the largest public celebration of the written word in the world”. It brings together over 800 authors, writers and thinkers from all over the planet, all united in their mutual love of the written word. Each year's programme is around 100 pages long and is crammed with events for young children and teens (the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme), as well as signings and talks with new and well established authors.

Events all take place in Charlotte Square Gardens (nearby to Princes Street), in two well-stocked bookshops and a book signing tent, and the nearby area caters well for visitors with its cafes and bars. Close to the Waverley railway station, this is an accessible event for book lovers of all ages. More about the event can be discovered at

Where to stay during the festival

For those who are attending the International Book Festival, and for general visitors to Edinburgh, we are pleased to be able to offer a wide array of accommodation in the Edinburgh city centre location. From hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, to bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation, do feel free to browse our list below.

Accommodation in Edinburgh City Centre

  • Edinburgh   (1.7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh)
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    £65
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    Classic early Victorian Edinburgh guest house with luxury modern rooms. City centre 5 minutes. Views of Arthur's Seat. In-room WiFi, free parking & Full Scottish Breakfasts.
     
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  • Edinburgh   (1.2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh)
    Prices from
    £25
    Per room, per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 630 reviews
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    Charming Georgian Listed Travelodge Hotel in the Edinburgh Haymarket area. Family and double rooms, WiFi and metered parking adjacent. Bar cafe. Half a mile from Haymarket Station.
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  • Edinburgh   (0.2 miles from the centre of Edinburgh)
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    £25
    Per Room
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 488 reviews
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    Travelodge hotel in Edinburgh just of Princes Street close to Edinburgh Waverley train station & The Royal Mile. Book online for great rates. Wi-Fi service.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 488 reviews
    Rating from 488 reviews