Access

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If you have any queries or require any assistance

  • Phone – 0131 226 6558
  • Email – info@edinburghartfestival.com

Our 18th edition will bring together 35 exhibitions and new commissions in spaces across the city, complemented by an online programme of events and digital presentations.

As we begin to make confident returns to galleries after a strange two years, we are proud to showcase programming which highlights the breadth and depth of artists working locally, nationally and internationally.


Our festival venues will be following the latest government Covid guidelines to ensure visitor safety, and we will be keeping our website regularly updated on what audiences can expect during their visit.


Edinburgh is a historic city with its Old Town and New Town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town is famed for its cobbles and winding closes which lead up to the famous Edinburgh Castle which sits upon a dormant volcano. This can make parts of Edinburgh difficult to navigate for those with mobility issues. See Euan’s Guide ‘Introducing Edinburgh’ for an introduction to Edinburgh and advice on accessibility.

Many of Edinburgh’s buildings are historical and listed, therefore, unfortunately some festival venues are unable to have modern levels of access.

At Edinburgh Art Festival however, we aim to maximise accessibility for all so please contact us if you want advice on the access of individual venues.


We support Scottish and international artists to make new and ambitious projects which engage with the extraordinary context of Edinburgh in August. These commissions are primarily presented in public spaces opening access to overlooked or neglected heritage sites across the city. This can mean that some of these venues do not have modern levels of access but we will aim to maximise accessibility where possible.

Each year at Edinburgh Art Festival we work to improve access to the festival.

We recommend using Euan’s Guide for details about partner venues accessibility which can be seen on Edinburgh Art Festival’s page on Euan’s Guide.

Along with selected partners, we are using WelcoMe to support you to have the most inclusive experience of the festival possible. WelcoMe is a tool to share your needs for personalised support at festival venues. Discover more on participating venue websites, or at

Assistance Dogs

We welcome assistance dogs at all our venues. Water bowls for assistance dogs can be provided at the Kiosk.

Travel

All Commissions Programme venues are well serviced by public transport routes, and they are principally located in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Most venues are between 5-10 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station with nearby public bus stops. Taxi ranks are located outside Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, Radisson Blu Hotel on the High Street and G+V Hotel on George IV Bridge. Parking can be difficult in Edinburgh but there is public on-street parking by some of the venues as well as nearby car parks such as the Edinburgh Waverley Train Station car park.

Toilets

Most of the commissions venues are located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town with a selection of cafes, shops, restaurants and museums located in close proximity. Accessible toilets are located at the French Institute for Scotland, West Parliament Square. The nearest Changing Places Toilets is located at the Booking Office Pub, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ; and the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF.


Accessible tours – Visually Described and BSL Interpretation

Throughout 2022 we will be delivering a series of visually described tours and workshops for visually impaired people. As well as this we will holding visually described with BSL interpretation tours. If you would like to find out more

  • Phone – 0131 226 6558
  • Email – learning@edinburghartfestival.com

If you have any queries or require any assistance

  • Phone – 0131 226 6558
  • Email – info@edinburghartfestival.com