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

Modernist Jewellery

Modernist Jewellery

1st December 2017 - 29th April 2018
Discover a generation of designers and makers who embraced innovative and diverse influences in this exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. Read more
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
Muriel Spark:  A Centenary Celebration

Muriel Spark: A Centenary Celebration

2nd February 2018 - 30th June 2018
This Exhibition at The Writers' Museum marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Edinburgh's most famous daughters, Muriel Spark. Read more
Themed Tours at the National Museum of Scotland

Themed Tours at the National Museum of Scotland

1st April 2018 - 30th April 2018
Check out the daily free guided themed tours at the National Museum of Scotland in April! Read more
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

23rd April 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

24th April 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

27th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition. Read more
Gallery Tours at Museum of Edinburgh

Gallery Tours at Museum of Edinburgh

27th April 2018
Come along to the Museum of Edinburgh and enjoy a guided tour each Friday and Saturday at 3pm! Read more
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

27th April 2018
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

28th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition. Read more
Gallery Tours at Museum of Edinburgh

Gallery Tours at Museum of Edinburgh

28th April 2018
Come along to the Museum of Edinburgh and enjoy a guided tour each Friday and Saturday at 3pm! Read more
Schiltron - 17th Century

Schiltron - 17th Century

28th April 2018 - 29th April 2018
Schiltron - 17th Century, see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself! Read more
Tradfest: Stones of the Ancestors

Tradfest: Stones of the Ancestors

30th April 2018
Join Stuart McHardy and Douglas Scott and get up close and intimate with Scotland’s prehistoric monuments! Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

1st May 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Tradfest - Burns: Musician and Poet

Tradfest - Burns: Musician and Poet

2nd May 2018
Professor Fred Freeman throws controversial light on Robert Burns status as a musician. Read more
Ye Jacobites By Name: A Royal Mile Poetry Walk

Ye Jacobites By Name: A Royal Mile Poetry Walk

3rd May 2018
Edinburgh Old Town
Let Ken Cockburn take you on a poetry walk in Edinburgh’s Old Town as he reads poems and prose from the ‘Charlie’s Year’. Read more
Ye Jacobites By Name: A Royal Mile Poetry Walk

Ye Jacobites By Name: A Royal Mile Poetry Walk

5th May 2018
Edinburgh Old Town
Let Ken Cockburn take you on a poetry walk in Edinburgh’s Old Town as he reads poems and prose from the ‘Charlie’s Year’. Read more
Storytelling in Dr Neil’s Garden

Storytelling in Dr Neil’s Garden

7th May 2018
Edinburgh East
Step back in time at Dr Neil’s garden and hear tales of the bronze age hoard discovered beneath the waters of Duddingston Loch in the 1800s. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

8th May 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
The Secret Room @ Lauriston Castle

The Secret Room @ Lauriston Castle

14th May 2018 - 17th May 2018
Enter Lauriston Castle and explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room! Read more
The Secret Room @ The Writers’ Museum

The Secret Room @ The Writers’ Museum

14th May 2018 - 17th May 2018
Edinburgh International Magic Festival: Unlock the doors of the Writers’ Museum using magic and illusion. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

15th May 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

18th May 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Stories from the Cells – Crime and Punishment

Stories from the Cells – Crime and Punishment

18th May 2018
Explore crime and punishment at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery as we use theatre to tell the dramatic stories of those who worked or were imprisoned here! Read more
Robert’s Rebellion

Robert’s Rebellion

19th May 2018 - 20th May 2018
Come along to Dirleton Castle on 19th or 20th May and find out what happens with Robert the Bruce takes his rebellion to it's doors! Read more
The Year of the Sea

The Year of the Sea

19th May 2018
To celebrate and discover the Year of the Sea at Heriot-Watt University, the Museum and Archive opens its doors to display a new exhibition: Edinburgh and Emancipation on 19th May. Read more
Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special

Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special

20th May 2018
Another chance to join these popular guided walks in Holyrood Park. This time it's Arthur’s Amble -Sunday Special. Read more
Festival of Museums:  Death of the King

Festival of Museums: Death of the King

20th May 2018
Watch Edwardian history play out before your eyes with 'Death of the King' at Lauriston Castle on 20th May! Read more
Hats off to History

Hats off to History

20th May 2018
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of hats, with an inspiring afternoon exploring the history of hat making and wearing at the John Gray Centre on 20th May. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

22nd May 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 Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

29th May 2018
Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Read more
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

2nd June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets - Sunday Specials

Arthur’s Secrets - Sunday Specials

3rd June 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
A Great Adventure

A Great Adventure

4th June 2018
Ailsa Clarke takes a look at the experiences of the members of the Scottish Women's Hospitals in Serbia during the First World War. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

4th June 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

5th June 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

6th June 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
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

9th June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

11th June 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
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

11th June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle. Read more
Arthur’s Secrets

Arthur’s Secrets

12th June 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

13th June 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 Amble - Paws in the Park

Arthur’s Amble - Paws in the Park

17th June 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
A Sair Sacrifice

A Sair Sacrifice

18th June 2018
Hear the stories of the men from the small island of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides who served and fell in fronts across Europe in this Lecture at Lauriston Castle! Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

18th June 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

19th June 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

20th June 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
People, Places and Piazzas

People, Places and Piazzas

20th June 2018
This talk at Lauriston Castle will give an overview of the life, work and contribution to Scottish and British art by Charles Mackie. 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
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

25th June 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

26th June 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

27th June 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
Spectacular Jousting

Spectacular Jousting

30th June 2018 - 1st July 2018
Historic Environment Scotland - Hear the thunder of hooves and the clashing of lances at our annual jousting tournament in Linlithgow. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

2nd 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

3rd 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

4th 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
Prepare to give fire!

Prepare to give fire!

7th July 2018 - 8th July 2018
Historic Environment Scotland invites you to be witness to the siege of 1650 as the invading English army attacks Dirleton Castle. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

9th 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

10th 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

11th 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
Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Rocks!!

Holyrood Holiday Club: Holyrood Rocks!!

11th July 2018
Join a ranger and travel back in time 350 million years to discover the fascinating story behind the rocks of Holyrood Park. Read more
Arthur’s Adventure

Arthur’s Adventure

16th 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

17th 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

18th 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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