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If its iconic castle and atmospheric medieval lanes weren’t enough, there’s plenty Edinburgh has to offer, especially in autumn. From surrealist Scottish painting to ghostly theatre productions, join us for an exploration of the historic city’s cultural highlights this coming season.

1 Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye

Unique and vivid, embrace the surrealist style of Scottish painter Edwin G. Lucas at the first ever major exhibition to showcase this mesmerizing yet mysterious Edinburgh artist. Lucas produced an impressive body of original work during the 1940s and 1950s and this exhibition, which includes over 60 works, proves that his paintings are just as captivating and thought provoking today as they were then.

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye, City Art Centre, until 10th February 2019

2 Turning autumnal colours at picturesque gardens

In autumn, Edinburgh’s parks turn russet and ochre with an explosion of colourful foliage. Now is the time to take a scenic walk through Princes Street Gardens, moments from The Balmoral. With perfect views of Edinburgh Castle and crisp leaves crunching underfoot, it’s a great way to spend an autumnal afternoon.

3 Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Autumn is officially spooky season and what better way to embrace a little Halloween fun than to enjoy a brand new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula story. Prepare to be transfixed as this classic tale is adapted for a modern theatre audience with bone chilling illusions and uncanny special effects.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, King’s Theatre, 30th October-3rd November,

4 Delicious local autumnal produce

Taste the bounty of the Scottish autumnal harvest by calling in at Edinburgh’s many food markets. You’ll find organic venison, parsnips and beetroot each Saturday at Edinburgh Farmer’s Market and artisanal bread and smoked salmon at Stockbridge Market on Sundays.

5 Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The whole family will love this lively literary affair which sees traditional Scottish culture and tales come to life on the stage. Keeping the heritage practice of storytelling alive via performances, workshops and events, the Scottish International Story Telling Festival is not to be missed.

Scottish International Story Telling Festival, various locations, 19th – 31st October 2018

With incredible views over Edinburgh Castle, the grand Balmoral hotel makes the perfect destination to begin your autumn escape in the Scottish capital. Call +44 131 556 2414 or email to book

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