Edinburgh Festival Guide: New Town & Stockbridge
Celebrate books in Charlotte Square and digital entertainment in Assembly Rooms
North of the Old Town's network of narrow closes is the simple grid system of the New Town. Princess Street is lined with high street shops, George Street caters to designer tastes and the cobbled lanes of Rose Street and Thistle street are home to a series of traditional boozers, cocktail bars and boutique shops.
In the middle of Princess Street, at the bottom of the Mound, is the Scottish National Gallery complex. The space is also home to the Virgin Money Half-Price Hut. Here you can peruse what shows are discounted that day, or if you don't have a particular show in mind, play Fringe roulette.
At one end of George Street is Charlotte Square. For the last two weeks of August the white tents of Edinburgh International Book Festival line the square. The central patch of green, strewn with deckchairs, is a popular spot for alfresco reading while at night their Unbound strand offers a free programme of live literature and music.
In the centre of the street is the Assembly Rooms, home this year to the inaugural Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival. George Street ends at St Andrew Square where you'll find The Famous Spiegeltent showcasing a programme of music, comedy and cabaret within it's luxurious tented walls.
Close by on York Place is The Stand, Scotland's original, purpose-build comedy club which retains its laid-back charm with an informal space mixing cabaret seating and standing room. Their comedy programme is so extensive they also commandeer a clutch of close-by venues to house Stands 2–6.
C Venues have a new venue this year, in iconic Georgian building Saint Stephen's in Stockbridge. C scala hosts intimate cabaret and music as well children's shows and large scale circus performances.