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

Great temporary venue that can be found at festival time located in famous New Town setting of St Andrew Square Garden (although not at Fringe 2017 after local companies refused permission). 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 a mainstay of the Edinburgh Fringe for many years moving, over the course of many years, to different locations around Edinburgh.

Spiegel Background

In 2009, the Spiegeltent 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.

The Spiegeltent pitched outside the Assembly Rooms for the first time in during Fringe 2012, 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.