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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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If you are planning to visit in 2021, please check the event website for the latest information and local government websites for advice relating to COVID-19.
01 September 2021 – 31 October 2021
£9.50 – £16.50 per person.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
The exhibition will explore The Prince’s early life and naval career, his role as consort and his support for the sovereign at home and overseas, as well as his wide-ranging patronages, including sport, science and industry, conservation, and the environment, art, and encouraging younger generations.
On his marriage to HRH Princess Elizabeth in 1947, Prince Philip was granted the royal dukedom of Edinburgh and the display will look particularly at his connections to Scotland and Edinburgh.
01 September 2021 – 12 September 2021
Free with pre-booked museum entry
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
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.
03 September 2021 – 18 September 2021
Free, but booking essential
Museums & Galleries Edinburgh
A community-led outreach project designed to mark the centennial commemoration of the 1920 Edinburgh Boundaries Extension and Tramways Act, ReDrawing Edinburgh celebrates the strong independent identities of the areas of Cramond, Colinton, Corstorphine, Liberton, and Leith and how they have retained them throughout the past century.
In November 1920, Edinburgh’s city boundaries were extended to incorporate the Burgh of Leith in the north, the Midlothian parishes of Cramond, Corstorphine & Colinton, and Liberton to the west and south of the city. The expansion meant the city grew from 17 square miles to 53 square miles and increased its population from 320,000 to 425,000. The ‘amalgamation’, as it was referred to at the time, was welcomed by some but opposed by others – in particular Leith Town Council who fought to retain its independence.
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
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.
15 September 2021 – 19 September 2021
Various ticket prices (booking fees may be applicable).
Granton Gasworks and Warehouse
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.
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