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Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

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Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

We'll be in Edinburgh from August 29-Sept 3 (we have our lodgings booked already in New Town). I've heard so much about the crowds, crowds, crowds from the festivals. Just wondering if they will have died down much once the Fringe and Tattoo are over? We'll see the last night of the Fringe, which is fine, but just wondered about what the rest of the week will be like - still crazy and packed? Will the restaurants still be jammed? We plan on renting a car for a day trip outside the city to St. Andrews one day and visiting Stirling Castle on another by train. Any insight of what to expect that week regarding how crowded it will still seem in Edinburgh?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

It will be quieter, but the first week after the end there is still a bit going on with closing ceremonies, fireworks, etc. It will be busy, but calmer.

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2. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Sep 3rd-4th will be busy due to the fireworks on the evening of the 4th

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3. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Thanks for your help, not too concerned about the 3rd, since we fly home that afternoon.

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4. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Alanrow are the fireworks only on the 4th? Nothing like that on the 3rd, right?

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5. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Everywhere outside of Edinburgh will be a lot quieter. You will find St Andrews & Stirling a haven of peace after Edinburgh.

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6. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Coldhere51- the fireworks are a celebration at the end of the Festival and are only on one night.

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7. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Thank-you. I was confused about that.

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8. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

Fireworks! We will be ending our trip in Edinburgh on Sept. 3 and 4. I timed it to avoid the festival crowds, but now I learn that we still get fireworks. WOOT!

Please tell me that seeing them is not like the madhouse for fireworks here in NYC on the 4th of July.

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9. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

I'd say the city becomes much more pleasant when the Fringe finishes! This year, it ends on 29 August. The Edinburgh International Festival continues for another week, until 4 September. The fireworks concert is on Sunday 4th and information can be found here:

eif.co.uk/virginmoneyfireworksconcert-rossth…

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10. Re: Do the crowds lessen much after Fringe?

NulGravitas

The Festival Fireworks Concert is a very sophisticated event!

If you do witness it,you wont forget it!

Now, our Hogmany (New Years Eve) Fireworks are a different beast !

Not as sober!

Enjoy your visit

Mick