• Posted:Thursday, October 22, 2009
  • Comments: 0

Posted in: Travel
See fireworks from your Edinburgh hostel
"Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot…" Ironically enough, I've somehow managed to forget the rest of that little rhyme. No doubt, the remaining lyrics have been pushed out of my head by other important grown up information, such as bus timetables and how to hold my knife and fork correctly. Oh, well - I suppose it's not a huge cause for concern. At least I'm still allowed to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night with the best of them, despite my appalling lack of recollection skills. Which is why I'm wishing that I was spending a few nights in an Edinburgh hostel this year, as I've just discovered that a huge fireworks display is to be held at the city's Meadowbank Sports Centre.

I'm suitably jealous of all those who will be heading to the area to watch the sky light up as, not only will there be "the city's biggest public fireworks show" - so says the leisure centre website, anyway - but a three-course meal is also being provided to feed the starving masses prior to kick off, which is at 19:30 GMT.

Not only that, but live entertainment is also on the carte du jour, with local radio legend Big Al heading the event. This year's theme is Disney, apparently, so I'm interpreting that to mean that anything goes and there will be a host of surprises in store. Who knows? You may even run into Snow White and her gang of dwarves. That would be pretty cool.

If it's three-course meals you're after though, rather than fireworks, a quick ferry ride away is Dublin, where you can fill your belly in the city's oldest pub - The Brazen Head - while listening to a collection of folkloric tales from the country's past.

Find cheap hostels in EdinburghADNFCR-2435-ID-19422166-ADNFCR
City Guides and Information

Video guides, travel podcasts, city maps & free city guides. What to eat, where to stay and things to do and see - our travel guides have it all.

Find a guide »
Latest Blog Post

A badly packed suitcase (or backpack) can leave you with a headache regardless of the trip length. With a few key tips and a concise packing list, you can be sure to leave the hassle of packing behind. Don't put a damper on your travel just because you didn't pack well!

Read more »
Great Value and Choice

We offer the most comprehensive selection of hostels on the internet with over 35,000 great places to stay in 180 countries. The ultimate online resource for hostels everywhere.

Find great value hostels »