Edinburgh International Book Festival Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR, United Kingdom | 0131 718 5666 | Website

Venue Description

Each summer, Edinburgh International Book Festival create a magical, tented village in the heart of Edinburgh's West End. This three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world and offers something for all ages and interests. Entry to the Book Festival village is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events. There’s a great variety of events on offer for both children and adults, featuring established authors and rising stars. Previous special guests have included J K Rowling, Ian Rankin, Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer and Zadie Smith. Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities. For more information, visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website: www.edbookfest.co.uk


The Edinburgh International Book Festival has a fully accessible site for wheelchair users with level access or ramped access into all venues and wooden walkways around the Book Festival village, as well as an Accessible WC. Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge and staff are on hand to assist anyone should they need it. The Book Festival also works with Artlink’s Access Service which offers support to disabled visitors to Edinburgh to attend events with a volunteer escort.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/visiting-the-festival/access

Accessible Performances

The Book Festival schedules some British Sign Language (BSL) performances in advance in the adult and children’s programmes however it also operates an ‘on request’ service. Anyone can request a BSL interpreter for any event in the programme. In 2017, for the first time, the Book Festival also has a selection of captioned events.

Awards List

Euan's Guide Accessible Festival Award - Best Pop Up Venue 2016 winner


The on-site accessible toilets have step-free access and the doors are wide enough for powered wheelchairs to fit through. There are also handrails within the toilets.


The venue staff have accessibility training prior to the Festival and are on hand to assist anyone should they need it. The Front of House staff can help seat disabled visitors somewhere appropriate for their needs if they have seeing, hearing or mobility issues.

Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

All assistance dogs are welcome at the Book Festival in the Gardens and in all venues. Princes Street Gardens is also situated close by.

Other assistance dog facilities

There are drinking water taps available on site which could be used to fill up water bowls for assistance dogs.

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Accessible Format
  • Audio Format
  • Braille
  • Carer Discount
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • IR Induction Loop
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print

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