Nicknamed ‘Auld Reekie’ due to its smoky views from the country, the capital of Scotland is filled with beautiful sights across its hilly landscape including Arthur’s Seat, the Royal Mile and the annual Edinburgh Tattoo on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. The Queen’s Scottish residence is also in Edinburgh, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh theatre is the pride of the UK. The city is very well-known for its theatre and arts scene, and hosts an array of festivals across the year, one of which being the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Every August, thousands of theatre companies, comedians and circus performers from across the globe travel to the city to perform their shows across over 300 venues. During this month, the city is filled with audience members as they race across Edinburgh to catch as many shows as they can, which are held in a variety of spaces including lecture halls, pubs and churches. Shows in Edinburgh during this time include highly experimental plays, new writing and topical stand-up comedy. Other festivities hosted in Edinburgh across the year include the International Film Festival and International Science Festival. Edinburgh Playhouse opened in 1929 and has over 3,000 seats. The theatre houses touring productions and concerts, and is allegedly haunted by a ghost.