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Edinburgh Birthday Guide

There is no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always. - Alan Bold

A capital city like no other and known as one of the most beautiful in Europe, an Edinburgh birthday weekend offers a celebration unlike any other! Merging rich culture and streets deep in history with a unique nightlife scene, this city centre party destination welcomes all groups with open arms to experience all that Edinburgh has to offer.

Why choose an Edinburgh birthday party?

Edinburgh is a city that begs to be discovered, filled with quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt you to explore just that little bit further. - Lonely Planet

It is easy to understand why Edinburgh is a longstanding contender as one of the most popular party destinations, as well as being the second most visited cities in the whole of the UK. With winding cobbled streets climbing their way through history, it will be easy to get lost in the beauty of the buildings and history of what was once a small-town dating back to the 12th century.

Merging the listed buildings and ancient castles with a thriving nightlife scene, incredible shopping district and a great range of birthday activities for your group to dive into, there is so much to see and do in the Scottish capital we aren't entirely sure you will fit it all into one weekend. That is why out experts have put together this guide to ensure the best weekend away for your upcoming birthday party!

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With over 25 years of planning birthday weekends in the UK and Europe, we here at Freedom have proved ourselves to be the best in the business! Our party experts are on hand 6 days a week to help you put together your perfect birthday party package, chat through the best birthday do activities for you and work towards your budget.

Making this a stress-free experience with a low £35 deposit to make your booking and an online payment system where your friends pay us direct, your mates get the best time, and you get to take all the credit! 

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Edinburgh Birthday Go Karting

Go Karting

Just 18 miles over the Forth Bridge from Edinburgh is this 500m outdoor track. Race against other groups in 200cc karts in a Grand Prix event with heats, semis and final to become the "King of the Track".

Edinburgh Birthday Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl

There is no need to wander the streets looking for the best place to have a drink with our Bar Crawl. Save money and hassle organising your night. Get direct access to the guestlists in the busiest central Edinburgh venues.

Edinburgh Birthday Escape Room

Escape Room

Put your friendships to the test as you and your group take on one of Edinburgh's most popular escape room challenges! Tackle tasks and solve clues to escape on time. The drinks are waiting, how long will it take you to break free?

Edinburgh Birthday Prosecco Lunch

Prosecco Lunch

Enjoy a Mexican lunch in a popular central Edinburgh venue with 4 glasses of Prosecco OR Beer, included. It's a great way to lunch with the girls! So how does it work? Well, you'll have a table reservation for 2 hours. You'll be served your lunch and the staff will bring your drinks to the table... sounds good, doesn't it?

Edinburgh Birthday Gorge Walking

Gorge Walking

Take on a new adventure during your upcoming birthday do by adding Gorge Walking to your package! Jump off cliffs, climb up waterfalls, and scramble over slippy rocks. This will cure those hangovers!

Edinburgh Birthday Bubble Football

Bubble Football

Much like the beautiful game, Edinburgh Bubble Football doesn’t need much explaining. Step into your bubble suit, which will turn you from Arsene Wenger to Akinfenwa. After finding your stride it’s time to take your place on the pitch. By pitch we mean battlefield, as within seconds we guarantee you will be either face down, flying or upside down having been wiped out by someone in your group.

Edinburgh Birthday Italian 2 Course Meal

Italian 2 Course Meal

We've lined up a delicious 2 course meal for your group in a city centre restaurant. Menus are seasonal and offer a huge range of dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike, so nobody needs to go hungry. Of course, no meal should go unaccompanied, so we've included a glass of beer or wine to enjoy with your food.

Your Edinburgh Guide

Remember, girls when opting for heels on your night out in Edinburgh, you will find a large portion of their streets are narrow, cobbled and often quite steep. Don't worry, taxis are easy to come by and the awesome range of unique city centre night life and activities are largely within walking distance.

Spend your time celebrating in one of the most glorious cities in the world. Start your day with a bit if site seeing and take wander up the Royal Mile to the ancient Edinburgh Castle. From here you will not only get the low down on this city's history but incredible views!

Between Go Karting and your Mini Highland Games, take the birthday activity towards the Markets where you will be a stones through from your next activity and your friends can enjoy a unique experience and incredible street food.

Hang Out with Potter Heads

Did you know that this magnificent city was not only where JK Rowling wrote the infamous Harry Potter series, but also offered much inspiration to the novels?

As you wander down Victoria Street & West Bow you may notice that the narrow winding street lined with colourful and unique storefronts looks familiar to those depicted as Diagon Alley in the novels. Between the Greyfriars Kirkyard where you will find some familiar names on the tombs, and the many shops and walking tours dedicated to the franchise, if you or your VIP is a Harry Potter fan like us then there is plenty to do and see in this magical old town of Edinburgh!

Make Memories on George Street

One of the most popular streets in Edinburgh for entertainment and eateries, you will find a whole range of shops, bars and cafes amongst the street’s glorious architecture of George Street. From high street chains to one-of-a-kind wonders!

For a guaranteed great drink, take your birthdays to Badger & Co. Known for its cosy and unique pub inspired by Wind in the Willow, experience a culinary adventure and incredible views of Edinburgh Castle from its terrace!

Edinburgh Nightlife

From a silent disco to live music venue, the party scene is the beating heart of Edinburgh!

Whilst your days have been filled with cheeky birthday activity after activity, the party starts when the sun goes down. Being package specialists, we know what makes a great birthday night out and key to keeping all the birthdays happy is a great meal and plenty of booze... and we've got you covered with both!

After your 3 Course Meal Mexican meal, head down towards the Old Town where you will find a treasure trove of distinctly unique nightlife spots in the city.

Department of Magic

In this potions class you will be able to conjure up a night unlike any other! With themed cocktail making sessions you can brew your own potions and immerse yourself in hours of magic! Oh, and did we mention they also have escape rooms?


In the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, you will find this live music venue, where groups flock for a great night out! Not only does this huge venue offer a unique and beautiful spin on your usual city centre club, but with dance floor fillers and large screens, you are promised a great night out! For a classic night out at bars and clubs you recognise, the New Town is the place to head for cocktails and fun!


One of the city's most kept secrets for many years, Brambles is a bar tucked away off the street and bursting with fun cocktail creations your birthdays are sure to love!

Fun Facts!

  • Edinburgh holds host to the world's largest arts festival every year! The Fringe will host over 50,000 performers across 300 locations and generates a whopping £260million for the Scottish economy!
  • Did you know that over 75% of the Scottish capital's buildings are listed? This is more than anywhere else in the world.
  • Whilst the national animal of England may by the roaring Lion, there is something rather more magical about the fact that Scotland's national animal is the mythical unicorn!

Edinburgh Weather

Like much of the UK, if you are looking for your best chance of weather you are going to want to book between May and September. These warmer months are going to draw more of a crowd and so be prepared for busier streets. Most birthday parties opt for Spring or early Summer months to host their birthday weekend, but there is also something very magic about Edinburgh when Autumn Winter hits! Expect a golden city centre as the leaves begin to fall and an illuminated Royal Mile as the festive lights go up.

Hosting one of the biggest and best Christmas markets in the UK, if you decide a winter birthday is for you, stopping by for a mulled wine and some incredible food is an essential part of your birthday weekend!


Is Edinburgh good for a birthday party?

This labyrinth of cobbled streets calls to group parties! Lined with incredible eateries and unique bars and clubs, Edinburgh city centre makes for a not only a good but a fantastic birthday parties destination! Offering a whole range of activities from School Sports Day to Clay Pigeon Shooting, Shock Football to Highland Games, your mates will not be short of ideas to make this a belter of a weekend!

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