Mound Precinct

The Mound precinct is a public space by the National Galleries on Princes Street that is frequently used by buskers, street performers and for other outdoor events. In August, the free entertainment site is branded the Virgin Money Fringe on the Mound. The area also is referred to by locals simply as "The Galleries".

Pleasance Courtyard

Perhaps best known during the festival for its huge Fringe programme, Edinburgh University's Pleasance complex of theatres and rehearsal spaces re-opened following a £6 million refurbishment in November 2017. Situated around a cobbled courtyard, there are a number of purpose-built performance spaces in 100 to 220 year-old buildings.

The Edinburgh University hub is a key venue year-round for students and for public events (such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival), debates, and the cabaret bar hosts weekly comedy acts and live music.

Leith Theatre

Classic art deco theatre and music venue that is part of a complex that includes the Thomas Morton Hall, the Marriage Suite and the Foyer (Crush Hall).

Also known as the Citadel Theatre, it hosted the likes of AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Dr Feelgood, Mott the Hoople, Kraftwerk, and John Martyn, as well as Edinburgh International Festival shows til it closed in 1988.