History events in Edinburgh

View all the upcoming History events taking place throughout Edinburgh below or use the calendar to find events taking place on a specific month or date.

Events in Edinburgh

Historic Underground

Historic Underground

1st January 2018 - 31st December 2018
Discover a dark, damp world unchanged since the 18th century in this tour of Blair Street Underground Vaults with Mercat Tours. Read more
Their Work Is Not Forgotten

Their Work Is Not Forgotten

8th June 2018 - 14th October 2018
Explore the past and present of political activism in Edinburgh in this new exhibition celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage. Read more
Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

22nd June 2018 - 25th November 2018
Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as they take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day. Read more
Themed Tours at the National Museum of Scotland

Themed Tours at the National Museum of Scotland

1st July 2018 - 31st July 2018
Check out the daily free guided themed tours at the National Museum of Scotland in July! Read more
Riddle’s Court Drop in Guided Tours

Riddle’s Court Drop in Guided Tours

2nd July 2018 - 24th July 2018
Come and discover the people and stories that make Riddle’s Court a fascinating new addition to the Edinburgh tourism scene! Read more
Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

21st July 2018
Various Locations Edinburgh
Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their new walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment. Read more
Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special

Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special

22nd July 2018
Another chance to join these popular guided walks in Holyrood Park. This time it's Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

23rd July 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

24th July 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Emily Brontë Bicentenary Celebration

Emily Brontë Bicentenary Celebration

24th July 2018
Join us at the City Art Centre for an entertaining, memorable, informative evening of music, readings and talk, in celebration of Emily Bronte. Read more
An Hour with John Roy Stuart

An Hour with John Roy Stuart

25th July 2018
The 1745 Association invites you to spend an hour celebrating the remarkable adventures of one of the Prince’s most loyal supporters, John Roy Stuart, Colonel of the Edinburgh Regiment. Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

25th July 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Edinburgh Living History at The People’s Story Museum

Edinburgh Living History at The People’s Story Museum

25th July 2018
Edinburgh Living History are our group of multi award-winning volunteers who interpret history in a variety of entertaining ways. Read more
Edinburgh Living History at the Museum of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Living History at the Museum of Edinburgh

28th July 2018
Edinburgh Living History are our group of multi award-winning volunteers who interpret history in a variety of entertaining ways. Read more
Edwardian Ghost Stories

Edwardian Ghost Stories

28th July 2018
Listen as storyteller and tour guide Alex Staniforth reads select MR James tales at Lauriston Castle on 28th July. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

30th July 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

31st July 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

1st August 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Harvest

Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Harvest

1st August 2018
Step back to the time of the Iron Age Celts and try your hand at some traditional crafts at the Holyrood Holiday Club. Read more
Launch Party: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

Launch Party: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

2nd August 2018
Luath Press invites you to the Launch Party of 'Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location by Trainspotting expert and 'Leith Walks' tour guide Tim Bell. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets - Sunday Specials

Arthur’s Secrets - Sunday Specials

5th August 2018
Come along for a Sunday special guided walk and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire & ice. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

6th August 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

7th August 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

8th August 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

13th August 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
The Masons’ Marks Project

The Masons’ Marks Project

13th August 2018
Archaeologist Moira Greig is the originator and leader of the Mason's Mark Project which to date has recorded marks on 75 buildings in Scotland. Come along to this lecture and hear all about her work. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

14th August 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

15th August 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Renaissance and Early Modern Silver from the Scottish Collections at the National Museums Scotland

Renaissance and Early Modern Silver from the Scottish Collections at the National Museums Scotland

15th August 2018
An insight into the National Museums Scotland preeminent collection of historic Scottish silver discussing key objects and those with a distinctly Scottish identity with Lyndsay McGill. Read more
The Siege of Ladysmith: Nightmare in Natal

The Siege of Ladysmith: Nightmare in Natal

16th August 2018
Historian David Clarke gives this lecture on The Siege of Ladysmith: Nightmare in Natal at Lauriston Castle on 16th August. Read more
Arthur’s Amble - Paws in the Park

Arthur’s Amble - Paws in the Park

19th August 2018
Bring your pooch along on a dog friendly guided walk in Holyrood Park and learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

20th August 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

21st August 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Corstorphine Transport Through the Ages

Corstorphine Transport Through the Ages

21st August 2018
Come along to Lauriston Castle on 21st August and hear all about Corstorphine transport through the ages from Ian Anderson, Chairman of Corstorphine Trust. Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

22nd August 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

27th August 2018
Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

28th August 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Arthur’s Amble

Arthur’s Amble

29th August 2018
Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past. Read more
Mayhem in Long Dresses: The Scottish Suffragettes

Mayhem in Long Dresses: The Scottish Suffragettes

1st September 2018
Ajay Close will discuss the extraordinary characters who inspired her novel ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’. The event includes many original photographs. Read more
On Location: Blackness

On Location: Blackness

1st September 2018 - 2nd September 2018
Blackness Castle - Discover more about the rich history of the ship that never sailed and see how it is utilised today. Read more
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

3rd September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings. Read more
Sub-Roman Glasgow

Sub-Roman Glasgow

3rd September 2018
At the centre of early mediaeval Glasgow may lie a Roman settlement possibly known as Cathures. Explore all the evidence in this compelling lecture at Lauriston Castle. Read more
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

4th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings. Read more
Buried history: The archaeology of Abbey Strand

Buried history: The archaeology of Abbey Strand

6th September 2018
Join archaeologist Gordon Ewart for this lunchtime lecture where he will reveal some of the exciting finds and intriguing stories about Abbey Strand! Read more
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

6th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

7th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
The Davidsons of Davidson’s Mains

The Davidsons of Davidson’s Mains

7th September 2018
Come and listen to a lecture on the Davidson family who were owners of the Muirhouse mansion and estate from 1776 until 1918. Read more
The Abbey Uncovered

The Abbey Uncovered

8th September 2018 - 9th September 2018
Join us for a weekend of fun and hands-on activities at the medieval Holyrood Abbey to uncover its history. Read more
WW1 at Lauriston Castle

WW1 at Lauriston Castle

8th September 2018
Learn about history in a very fun and interactive way at these WW1 re-enactments in the grounds and Castle. Read more
Celtic Crag

Celtic Crag

9th September 2018
Join a Ranger for a guided walk and discover the story of the Park’s history from the Stone Age right up to the present day. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

14th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

15th September 2018
It's Archaeology Day in Holyrood Park on 15th September so come and discover what life was like in the Iron Age! Read more
Battle of Prestonpans Commemorative Parade

Battle of Prestonpans Commemorative Parade

15th September 2018
Come and watch the spectacular and colourful procession as the Battle of Prestonpans Commemorative Parade travels through the streets of Prestonpans on 15th September. Read more
Battle Of Prestonpans Re-enactment

Battle Of Prestonpans Re-enactment

15th September 2018 - 16th September 2018
Prestonpans
Enjoy a spectacular weekend of top-class living history and battle re-enactment displays when the annual East Lothian Battle Weekend returns to Prestonpans. Read more
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

17th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings. Read more
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

19th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings. Read more
The 11th and 12th Dukes of Hamilton and Hamilton Palace: Completion and Desertion

The 11th and 12th Dukes of Hamilton and Hamilton Palace: Completion and Desertion

19th September 2018
This richly illustrated talk explores the important acquisitions of the 11th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke’s enormous debts which spelled the end of Hamilton Palace. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

20th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

21st September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Historical Holyrood Foraging

Historical Holyrood Foraging

22nd September 2018
Join Anna Canning from Floramedica for this fascinating guided walk to discover what natural foods and medicines people have used throughout history. Read more
Inglis’ Amazons

Inglis’ Amazons

22nd September 2018
Inglis’ Amazons: hear the tales of this incredible all-female medical unit as they save lives at the front. Read more
Mr Barton’s Theatricals

Mr Barton’s Theatricals

23rd September 2018
Join the Reid family and selected staff for a short play about John Law, convicted murderer, rogue, founder of the first national bank in France and one-time owner of Lauriston Hall! Read more
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

24th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children’s Books

The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children’s Books

24th September 2018
Discover a rich forgotten heritage of chapbooks, fairy tales, fables, and more, as well as stories about the little readers who once held them in their hands. Read more
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

24th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

26th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

27th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Light in the Darkness: Hill & Adamson’s Pioneering Photography

Light in the Darkness: Hill & Adamson’s Pioneering Photography

27th September 2018
Join Anne Lyden as she explores the pioneering partnership of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, two Scottish photographers from the 1840s. Read more
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

28th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow. Read more
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

29th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

30th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial. Read more
Sick Picts from the May Island Monastery: Disease and Healthcare in Early Medieval Scotland.

Sick Picts from the May Island Monastery: Disease and Healthcare in Early Medieval Scotland.

3rd October 2018
Join us at Lauriston Castle for a lecture on the lives and deaths of individuals during the early medieval period on the Isle of May! Read more
Sorley Maclean, Gaelic and Edinburgh

Sorley Maclean, Gaelic and Edinburgh

4th October 2018
Hear from Dr Peter Mackay in this lecture about Sorley Maclean, the greatest Gaelic poet of the twentieth century, and his deep relationship with Edinburgh. Read more
Discovering Georgian Lauriston: The House and its Neighbours West of Edinburgh.

Discovering Georgian Lauriston: The House and its Neighbours West of Edinburgh.

6th October 2018
Dr Anthony Lewis, curator of Scottish History for Glasgow Museums, gives this lecture on Georgian Lauriston. Read more
The Life and Times of HMS Unicorn

The Life and Times of HMS Unicorn

16th October 2018
Dr Billy Rough, HMS Unicorn's Learning and Engagement Officer, gives this lecture on one of the oldest ships in the world still afloat. Read more
Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland

Landing in Paradise: The Vikings in Scotland

24th October 2018
Archaeological consultant Olwyn Owen will explore what happened when the Vikings came to Scotland and also the rich cultural legacy they left behind. Read more
Edinburgh Ghost Stories

Edinburgh Ghost Stories

26th October 2018
Listen as Actor and writer Alex Staniforth unveils the phantoms of this ancient city at Lauriston Castle on 26th October. Read more
The Morton Photographic Project: Exploring the Photographic Collections of the National Trust for Scotland

The Morton Photographic Project: Exploring the Photographic Collections of the National Trust for Scotland

27th October 2018
Ben Reiss, the Morton Photographic Curator, will share photographic discoveries made at properties as diverse as Canna House, Brodie Castle and Culzean Castle. Read more
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

14th November 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Meet Me at Maules

Meet Me at Maules

19th November 2018
In this lecture Kathryn Henderson will give an overview of historical shops in Edinburgh, and unfold some of the stories around them. Read more
The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh

The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh

21st November 2018
In this fascinating lecture on 21st November, Gordon Wyllie will explore the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh Read more
Scottish Samplers: Hidden Histories

Scottish Samplers: Hidden Histories

27th November 2018
This talk will be based around the exhibition Samplers: Embroidered Stories (National Museums Scotland, 26 Oct 2018-7 April 2019) which showcases a unique collection of Scottish samplers. Read more
The Early Life and Times of Robert Blomfield: The Making of a Street Photographer

The Early Life and Times of Robert Blomfield: The Making of a Street Photographer

30th November 2018
This talk by Robert Blomfield's brother Johnny will give an insight into the man behind the evocative images of Scotland’s urban landscape during the 1950s and 60s. Read more
Celebrating the Peace, Christmas 1918

Celebrating the Peace, Christmas 1918

2nd December 2018
It's Christmas 1918, join the family and staff of Lauriston as they reflect on what has been but look forward with some optimism to what is to come. Read more
Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye - Lecture by Dr Helen Scott

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye - Lecture by Dr Helen Scott

7th December 2018
In this illustrated lecture Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, traces the career of Edwin G. Lucas and reveals the stories behind his intriguing artworks. Read more

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History
Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their new walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.
Edinburgh Farmers Market
Experience Edinburgh’s original Farmers’ Market, The only market in Edinburgh where the farm really meets the city.
Little Baby Bum
Little Baby Bum - Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme Friends at the world premiere of a brand new live show.
Astronaut Tim Peake’s Soyuz Spacecraft
See Astronaut Tim Peake’s Soyuz Spacecraft when it goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland from 17th May.
Edinburgh Rum and Reggae Festival
Take a rum journey around the world, tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America & the USA at the Edinburgh Rum and Reggae Festival!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »