City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Famous Spiegeltent, The

Famous Spiegeltent, The
St Andrew Square
Edinburgh EH2 1AF
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Telephone (box office): 
0844 693 3008
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 

Great temporary venue centrally located in famous New Town setting of St Andrew Square Garden. Due to the limited number of sizeable Fringe venues in Edinburgh, there are always a number of big tops and tents that are hoisted at the beginning of August. The Spiegeltent (venue 87) - an old-style big top dating from the 1920s with its mirrored, kabaret interior - has been one of the mainstays of the Edinburgh Fringe for many years moving, over the course of many years, to different locations around Edinburgh.

Spiegel Background

In 2009, the Spiegel tent didn't make it to the festival as its owner decided to use the economic downturn as an opportunity to make necessary renovations to the 89-year-old tent. It returned in 2010 but not 2011, although George Square Gardens remains a lively tented village in festival season.

During Fringe 2012, the Spiegel Tent pitched outside the Assembly Rooms, where George Street transformed into a continental style al fresco terraced area, The Famous Spiegel Terrace.

In 2014, the Spiegeltent moved into the historic St Andrew Square location.