Visiting the Festival

The 2019 Book Festival takes place from 10–26 August. Open daily from 9:30am until late. 

Entry to the Book Festival Village is FREE and EVERYONE is welcome. There is so much to enjoy during a visit to the Book Festival, and it's not just about the events.

The Festival's home in the beautiful, leafy Charlotte Square Gardens and along the west end of George Street is a wonderful space in which to sit, talk, think, play and be entertained.

You can see a favourite author, join in a workshop or debate, enjoy a cuppa in the café, a beer or a wee dram in the bar, or simply park yourself on the grass (with or without a book) and soak up the atmosphere.


We run our own independent bookshops in the Book Festival Village. The Garden Bookshop is open daily until late stocking tens of thousands of titles for adults and children. The Bookshop on George Street is open from Saturday 3 August. All bookshops stock titles by visiting authors plus a wide array of contemporary literature and books from Scottish publishers with all proceeds going directly back into the Book Festival.

There are plenty of refreshments on site with our cafés offering a variety of fairtrade hot and cold drinks, light snacks, yummy cakes and ice cream, plus fully-licensed bars.

Unbound with Edinburgh Gin is a nightly literary cabaret which takes place in the Spiegeltent from 21:00–23:00 and offers the opportunity to see authors in a relaxed setting. Expect a mix of performance, literature, music, spoken word, comedy and a few surprises. It is absolutely free and there's no need to book, so come along one evening with some friends, grab a drink from the bar and soak up the atmosphere. 

See our Access page for more information on our facilities for visitors with access requirements, including guides on what to expect when coming to the Book Festival village.