Edinburgh Theatres, Galleries, and Museums
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Edinburgh Theatres, Galleries, and Museums

The Athens of the North

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Edinburgh is one of the Cultural capitals of Europe, and has some of the finest Museums and Galleries in the world. Best of all most of them are within easy walking distance of one another. Described by some as the Athens of the North, Edinburgh can easily justify it self with such a tag.

The museums, galleries and monuments which comprise the City of Edinburgh from a series of historic buildings strung along the crowded medieval Royal Mile, to the spacious grounds of Lauriston Castle overlooking the river Forth at Cramond, to Princes Street, where the City Art Centre is both home to an outstanding collection of Scottish art and Scotland's premier temporary exhibition venue.

The permanent collections conserved and interpreted by the City of Edinburgh Musuems & Galleries bear eloquent witness to Edinburgh's and Scotland's stirring past. You will be fascinated by their story.

Most of our self catering apartments in Edinburgh are with in easy walking distance of the Museums, Galleries and Theatres listed below.


National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland, is located in a landmark building in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. There collections tell you the story of Scotland its and its people and culture. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less are a few years old.
tel: 0131 247 4422
email: info@nms.ac.uk

National Museum of Flight

At the National Museum of Flight you can uncover the extraordinary story of our human ambition to take to the skies. The National Museum of Flight hangars are packed with aircraft that reveal how flight developed from the Wright brothers to Concorde.
East Fortune Airfield
Tel: 01620 897 240
email: info@nms.ac.uk

National War Museum

Set in the magnificent setting of Edinburgh Castle, you can explore over 400 years of the Scottish military experience. Uncover stories of courage and determination, victory and defeat, heroics and heartbreak.
Royal Mile
te: 0131 247 4422
email: info@nms.ac.uk

Writers Museum

Situated in Lady Stair's House, built in 1622, The Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary figures, in particular Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894).
Lady Stair's Close
Royal Mile
Tel: 0131 529 4901

Museum of Childhood

Described as 'the noisiest museum in the world'. the Museum of Childhood is a favourite with adults and children alike. It is a treasure house, crammed full of objects telling of childhood, past and present. The museum opened in 1955, the brainchild of town councillor Patrick Murray, and was the first museum in the world to specialise in the history of childhood.
42 High Street
Royal Mile
Tel: 0131 529 4142


National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland is the oldest gallery of the five that make up The National Galleries of Scotland, Situated on The Mound in the heart of Edinburgh. This building is home to an internationally-renowned collection of works by Bassano, Van Dyck, El Greco, Velazquez and Boticelli among many others.

The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art

The first floor is most often used for special exhibitions and smaller, temporary displays. Works from the Gallery’s collection, augmented by special loans, are presented on the second floor. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, Cubist paintings and superb holdings of Expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.

The Dean Gallery

The Dean Gallery’s world-class collection of Dada and Surrealism is shown in the Roland Penrose Gallery and Gabrielle Keiller Library. Their outstanding collections were in large part acquired by the Gallery in the 1990s and feature important works by Dalí, Miró, Ernst, Magritte and Picasso.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it. It explores the lives of great Scots, past and present, which have inspired and changed the world - royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.

The Queen's Gallery

Shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles. It is is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation, and is not owned by her as a private individual.


The Traverse Theatre

The Traverse has an international reputation for challenging, thought-provoking and downright entertaining work.

The King's Theatre

The King's Theatre plays host to a wide range of popular touring productions, ideal for family entertainment.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh’s largest venue for theatre, cutting-edge contemporary art, with spectacular shows.

The Queen's Hall

The Queen's Hall is best known for its contemporary and traditional music. A wide range of local and international artists perform at this venue.

Playhouse Theatre

The Playhouse is best known for its West End musicals.

The Usher Hall

Best known for its classical music and for being the home of The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Situated next to The Traverse and The Royal Lyceum.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre

Scotland's most successful theatre companies, The Lyceum stages major productions of the classics and modern drama, as well as specially commissioned pieces.

tel: +44 (0) 7973 345559
fax: +44 (0) 7970 505329
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