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Why is there a dinosaur ravaged car on Princes Street?

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

It’s a widely known fact that everyone loves dinosaurs…and by default, everyone also loves Jurassic Park. The first film was truly incredible and is one of the highest grossing feature films of all time. The Lost World: Jurassic Park… well it wasn’t great, was it? But Jurassic Park III was back on top form.

More recently, there has been cause for celebration with the announcement that Jurassic Park 4 is in the pipeline and the original Jurassic Park is to be re-released, in all its glory, in IMAX 3D in August. Step aside fellow dinosaur nerds, I’m going to be first in the queue for this one.

So what connects dinosaurs with VisitScotland I hear you ask? Well, this takes me to the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013, a world-renowned festival which brings a touch of Hollywood glamour (and this year a T. rex) to Edinburgh’s famous cobbled streets.

Jurassic Park 3D was shown in IMAX, as part of the festival on Monday night. To celebrate this, a number of ‘dinosaur ravaged’ cars were placed throughout Edinburgh city centre, including outside Edinburgh Castle and on Princes Street.

Here’s another picture for you to enjoy:

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

If you weren’t lucky enough to be there on Monday night, then don’t worry, the 3D version will be released in UK cinemas this August. In the meantime, why not take a look at the 2013 film festival programme which has a wide number of events up until 30 June.

Start planning your trip to Edinburgh now and discover more about the unbelievable choice of festivals that take place in the capital throughout the year. Find information on travel, accommodation and things to see and do.

T. rex © National Museum of Scotland

T. rex © National Museum of Scotland

Oh…(this is the last time I’ll mention dinosaurs I promise) if you want to learn more about them, head to the National Museum of Scotland (free entry!). They have a spectacular 12 m long, life-sized skeleton cast of a T. rex and a Triceratops skull amongst many others.


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Jack Gorman

Jack is a Media Editor at VisitScotland. Originally from Fife, he is now based in Edinburgh and enjoys exploring Scotland, radio, sandwiches, Arrested Development and terrible dad jokes.

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