Arts & culture

A city at the heart of art!

A city at the heart of art!

The city's rich cultural history continues to grow and thrive in a city which has played host to all of the greats.

Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist and ‘Great Scott’ who popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels. It is one of the most famous houses in the world.

Alpha Art

Alpha Art

Alpha Art was established in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength due to the exceptional quality of art work. It has a large gallery space in Stockbridge, where it exhibits works of art by Scottish, UK and overseas artists.

Arusha Gallery

Arusha

Every client has a unique story to tell through the artwork they choose and Arusha enables them to tell it by providing a vast selection of internationally sourced, contemporary art. Find this gallery in the north of the city.

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms is the place for inspirational and charismatic events of all types, always guaranteeing the most memorable occasions. Elegance and beauty combine with everything you would expect from a modern of venue.

Bedlam Theatre

Bedlam Theatre

Bedlam Theatre is a unique, entirely student-run theatre in the centre of Edinburgh. Clearly visible from the Royal Mile in the heart of the city, Bedlam is a fully operational 90-seat theatre housed in an imposing neo-gothic church.

Beltane Fire Festival

Beltane Fire Festival

The Beltane Fire Festival takes place on Calton Hill. At the procession’s head is the May Queen and the Green Man, followed by a cavalcade of characters who are intrinsically linked to them and their journey.

City Art Centre

City Art Centre

The City Art Centre, in the centre, has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of visitors. People see favourites from the city’s nationally recognised collection of Scottish art.

Collective

Collective

A contemporary visual arts organisation that delivers an exciting and ambitious programme of new exhibitions, commissions and projects. Collective’s programme presents contemporary art in all its diversity.

Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Dovecot

Dovecot Tapestry Studio has a century-long heritage of making and collaboration with leading contemporary artists. The Studio works to commission from private and public collectors around the globe.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

A trip to Scotland’s capital isn’t complete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Part of The Old and New Town and standing majestically on top of a 340 million year-old extinct volcanic rock, the castle is a powerful national symbol.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. Performers from big names in entertainment to unknown artists take part, looking to build their careers.

Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre

If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you. The impressive glass facade imposes a sense of occasion as you enter the sleek and contemporary foyer spaces.

Gladstone’s Land

Gladstone's Land

Inside these walls you’ll discover the indignities of living in cramped conditions, the embarrassing consequences of sitting too close to the fire and the gruesome punishment for cheating your customers.

Ingleby Gallery

Ingleby Gallery

The Ingleby Gallery maintains an ambitious program of exhibitions and off-site projects by established and emerging artists. Over the past 17 years, it has secured a reputation as one of the country’s leading private galleries.

Inverleith House

Inverleith House

A continuous programme of temporary exhibitions by invited artists. Exhibitions are presented during spring, summer, autumn and winter periods and are accompanied by a public engagement programme.

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Set over 100 acres of meadow, woodland and five indoor gallery spaces, Jupiter Artland is home to 35 permanent site-specific sculptures from artists including Phyllida Barlow, Charles Jencks, Anish Kapoor and more.

King’s Theatre

King's Theatre

The clean, fresh design of the modernised box office sits nicely alongside the Art Nouveau splendour of the original foyer, but it is the King’s auditorium that commands the wow factor; an Aladdin’s cave of Viennese Baroque.

Laurel Gallery

Laurel Gallery

The Laurel Gallery boasts an eclectic, exciting range of paintings from British artists plus limited edition giclee prints, ceramics, sculptures, glass art and jewellery. It’s a specialist art gallery in Stockbridge.

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House was once a Roman stronghold and by 1250 a baronial caput. A history of Scotland and its protagonists is engagingly told through the celebrated art collection that adorns the rooms.

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Follow the story of Scotland from prehistory to the present day, marvel at a spectacular array of over 800 objects and meet the Scots whose ideas, innovations and leadership took them across the world in the Discoveries gallery.

Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery is one of Scotland’s leading private art galleries. Set in the heart of the New Town of Edinburgh it represents leading Scottish contemporary artists including John Bellany, Leon Morrocco, Barbara Rae and John Byrne.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyrood

The Queen is in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during Holyrood week, which usually takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre

This is the largest working theatre in the UK in terms of audience capacity, seating 3,059 people over three levels. Originally used as a cinema, nowadays the venue is used for large scale touring musical productions.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel has been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Home of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, the Royal Lyceum Theatre is a beautiful Victorian building which was built in 1883. It is an intimate and traditional venue, making it perfect for Festival theatre performances.

Royal Scottish Academy

Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture runs a year-round programme of exhibitions, artist opportunities and related educational talks and events which support artists at all stages of their careers.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, and is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to music-making and programme planning.

Scottish Gallery

Scottish Gallery

The Scottish Gallery exhibits the best in Scottish painting, from the 20th century and contemporary, as well as museum quality international applied art. It also sells work by the leading Scottish artists of the day.

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world. See 4 exhibitions, 16 displays, and exceptional must-sees. There are also 64 events to attend.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

cottish-National-Gallery-of-Modern-Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. It is home to a fantastic sculpture park and Pig Rock Bothy. Admission is free, however a charge may be made for special exhibitions.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Come face to face with Scotland, past and present, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. See 5 exhibitions, 11 displays and some exceptional must-sees. There are also 17 events to attend. Admission is free.

Seashore Gallery

Seashore Gallery

Seashore Gallery is located in the small historic fishing village of Cockenzie in East Lothian. It is the working studio and gallery of painter and glass artist Fiona Crombie. Several workshops and classes are available to take part in.

Stills

Stills

Stills is a centre for photography. It’s open seven days a week and offers exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range of engagement opportunities for anyone to discover, enjoy and understand photography.

Sutton Gallery

The Sutton Gallery was first established in 2012. In the gallery you will find a wide range of artwork in many different media, from oil and acrylic paintings to original prints like lithographs, screenprints and etchings.

The Brunton

The Brunton

The Brunton is the place to be for the best in quality music, theatre, dance, comedy, children’s shows and film – all year round. The theatre seats 296 in tiered seating and all seats have a clear, open view of the stage.

The Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. The Gallery recognises that art can change lives and it offers an intimate encounter with art for free.

The Georgian House

The Georgian House

The Georgian House was built in 1796 for John Lamont, and he lived here with his family until 1815. The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town House of the late 18th to early 19th century.

The Hub

The Hub

The Hub, Edinburgh’s iconic landmark, towers over the heart of the world’s leading festival city. This unique and spectacular venue is a stunning combination of award-winning contemporary design and classic Victorian architecture.

The Leith Gallery

The Leith Gallery

The gallery represents many of Scotland’s established artists but its interests also extend to the discovery of exiting new artistic talent, showcasing within its four walls a wide range of Scottish contemporary artwork.

The Red Door Gallery

The Red Door

One of Edinburgh’s most varied and interesting galleries featuring work from emerging and established artists, jewellers and illustrators. If you are looking to bring back a memory from your trip to the city, head to Red Door.

Union Gallery

Union Gallery

Located on Broughton Street and established to bring the very best of the contemporary art scene to the public view, and to offer the finest service to buyer and artist alike, Union Gallery is a gallery with a difference.

Urbane Art Gallery

Urbane Art Gallery

At Urbane Art Gallery you will find an extensive portfolio of artworks by award-winning artists from around the world. The Gallery’s staff work collaboratively with you to source the right work for your space and lifestyle.

Usher Hall

Usher Hall

A centre of excellence embracing the widest range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions.