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Discover what’s on in Edinburgh this September.

No matter what time of year you visit Edinburgh, you’re guaranteed to be spoilt rotten for things to do and see. As the summer comes to an end September sees the city become somewhat quieter after the past couple of months when the festivals are at their peak, although this year is definitely different from the usual. September still holds some great events and is the ideal time to visit our stunning city and explore at a slower pace.

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What’s on this September?

Here is a selection of our favorite events this month.


Prince Philip: A Celebration

01 September 2021 – 31 October 2021

£9.50 – £16.50 per person.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX


The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

Discover the Galloway Hoard, the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

Buried around AD 900 and containing over 100 objects, from silver, gold and jewelled treasures to rarely surviving textiles, including wool, linen, and Scotland’s earliest examples of silk, the Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014, the Hoard was allocated to National Museums Scotland in 2017.

In this free exhibition, which runs until 12 September 2021, see at first hand the Hoard’s cleaned and conserved objects, revealing intricate decoration not seen since the objects’ burial more than 1,000 years ago. Delve deeper and examine hidden details found in X-rays, CT scans, and 3D models.

ReDrawing Edinburgh

Great British Food Festival

11 September 2021 – 12 September 2021

£5.50 – £12.50 per person; Family ticket: £32.00 + booking fee.

Dalkeith Country Park, King’s Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST

Enjoy two days of food, drink & music in the picturesque grounds of Dalkeith Country Park.

This September relax in the glorious grounds of Dalkeith Country Park and savour fabulous, family-friendly, foodie days out.

Marking the first of Great British Food Festivals Edinburgh’s events, there’s a host of activities to keep all the family happy (and stop rumbling stomachs!)

Spend the day browsing the tempting food stalls; picking up some tips from the chef demos, being entertained by the Men v Food Challenge – are you brave enough to take on the big sausage eating contest?! Or why not choose some delightful handmade gifts in the Craft and Gift Marquee; go on an eye-opening foraging walk with an expert guide; or relax – with food & drink in hand – as you listen to one of the day’s many musical talents.


The Hidden Door Festival

15 September 2021 – 19 September 2021

Various ticket prices (booking fees may be applicable).

Granton Gasworks and Warehouse

The Hidden Door Festival opens up forgotten urban spaces for the public to explore and discover incredible music, art, theatre, film, dance, spoken word, and more.

This year’s Hidden Door Festival is heading to Granton Gasworks for 5 days of outdoor fun from 15-19 September.  Where they will be transforming a nearby warehouse as a performance and exhibition space to showcase local emerging talent.


What else is there to do?

See below our list of other blog posts that are all crafted to help you get the most of your stay whether you are looking for something family-friendly or something kind on the purse strings we have it all.

Edinburgh’s Top AttractionsOur Top 5
Things to do for Free in Edinburgh
Our Top 5 Family-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh
Our Top 5 Galleries & Museums in Edinburgh
Our Top 5 Must Visits in Edinburgh For Foodie Fans
Our Top 5 Must Visits in Edinburgh For Whisky Fans


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