The majority of our guests coming to stay here at The Glenora during August are in town to experience Edinburgh’s Festivals. It’s a busy time in the city, with festival shows scheduled from breakfast time to the wee hours of the morning. At the beginning of August, Festival venues pop up all over the city centre – every year you’ll discover new places, but you’ll also find yourself in familiar locations once more. This year the Assembly Rooms in George Street have re-opened after an extensive refurbishment just in time for the Fringe Festival. It’s an amazing venue which we’d like to introduce to you today!
The Assembly Rooms have been an Edinburgh institution for more than two centuries now. Built in the 18th century, the Rooms have been assessed by Historic Scotland and were granted A-Listed status. The Assembly Rooms have always played an important part in the everyday life of Scotland’s capital city: in the same space in which Edinburgh Fringe performers entertain their audiences today, Charles Dickens held readings during his lifetime.
Why go and see a show there:
- It’s a beautiful venue – for pictures see a feature on the Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh Spotlight’s website (this is a lovely website, which is maintained by locals here in Edinburgh)
- Performers like Stewart Lee, Russell Kane, and Molly Taylor with her “Love Letters to the Public Transport System” (presented by the National Theatre of Scotland) have based their Fringe shows at the Assembly Rooms this year
- Jamie Oliver’s Edinburgh branch of Jamie’s Italian recently opened here. Spend an evening in The Assembly’s Supper Rooms and enjoy authentic Italian cooking by one of Britain’s favourite chefs
How to get there:
- The Assembly Rooms’ address is 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR. Once you’re on George Street, the Rooms are hard to miss – The Famous Spiegeltent is situated in front of the entrance
- From the Glenora you can either take a Lothian Bus 3, 26, 31 to Princes Street, and walk from there – or enjoy a leisurely stroll and walk all the way to George Street through the beautiful West End of the city centre. Either one of these options takes approximately 20 minutes, maybe a little longer during peak times when the city is full
How to book tickets:
- To book tickets for Fringe shows taking place at the Assembly Rooms, please visit the official Fringe website
- If you’d like to reserve a table at Jamie’s Italian you can do so online, or over the telephone (0131 202 5452)
All relevant factual information has been taken from www.assemblyroomsedinburgh.co.uk and www.jamieoliver.com/italian/edinburgh (These sites were accessed on 09/08/2012)