Reasonable adjustments have been made to the venue to give the best access for customers with disabilities. However Summerhall is B-listed and over one hundred years old and not all of our venue spaces are fully accessible. We will continue to upgrade our facilities and would welcome any suggestions and advice.

Wheelchair and limited-mobility access to Summerhall is via the side entrance on Summerhall Square. The entrance is clearly marked by the original Dick Vet gates and a Front of House member is present in the courtyard at all times. As you enter, The Royal Dick is situated to your right as you come in (with a ramp at the rear of the bar) and there is a ramp directly ahead of you that leads to the Box Office, Press Office and Café.

Booking Support

In order for us to help the best we can, it is advisable that you arrive early and to book ahead and let us know you are coming. Access bookings can be made via telephone  or in person. Please inform the Box Office at the time of booking if you are a wheelchair user and we will assist in every way possible.

If you would like more information about the accessibility of particular shows, or if you wish to arrange a familiarisation tour of the venue, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on

Venue Accessibility

Below is a list of our venues and upon which floor they are located. The venues marked with (x) are not wheelchair accessible and the venues marked with (-) have a few steps in order to reach them. There is lift access to some of the First Floor and Basement spaces. Further information about individual spaces and shows can be obtained from the Box Office as some venues that ordinarily are wheelchair accessible may not be for certain shows.

  • (x) not wheelchair accessible
  • (-) some steps
Main Hall Lift
  • Lift door: 92cm
  • Lift space: 124cmx188cm
Ground Floor Venues and Galleries
  • Anatomy Lecture Theatre (wheelchair access dependent on show)
  • Box Office
  • Demonstration Room (wheelchair access dependent on show)
  • The Old Generator (x)
  • Library Gallery
  • Press Office
  • Old Lab
  • Roundabout
  • Sciennes Gallery #1
  • Sciennes Gallery #2
  • Sciennes Gallery #3 (2 steps)
  • Summerhall Distillery / Pickering’s Gin (2 steps)
  • TechCube Zero
  • The Cafe
  • The Royal Dick
  • Sciennes Gallery
  • War Memorial Library
First Floor Venues and Spaces
  • Cairns Lecture Theatre (x) – 27 steps up to the space, a further 8 steps into the space, a further 7 steps down to the stage
  • Corner Gallery (main hall lift)
  • Demarco European Art Foundation(main hall lift)
  • Main Hall(main hall lift)
  • Meadows Galleries (main hall lift)
  • Lower Church Gallery (x)
  • Laboratory Gallery (main hall lift)
  • Locked In: The Distillery Escape (x)
  • The Dissection Room (x) – standing only, no raised platform, 27 steps up
  • Upper Church (x) – 27 steps from the lower church entrance – 5 steps down, then 51 steps up from the rear car park entrance
Basement Venues and Spaces
  • Basement Gallery (Main Hall Lift)
  • Lower Library Gallery (Main Hall Lift)
  • The RUTS
  • The Machine Shop
  • Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage

Offsite Fringe Venues


Army@ The Fringe is at Hepburn House on East Claremount Street, EH7 4HU; a 10 minute walk from York Place (tram stop), or 15 minutes from Elm Row (bus stop: 7, 10, 11, 16, 22, 34). Lothian Bus 8 runs from Clerk Street behind Summerhall to Rodney Street, a 3 minute walk away.

Ramp access at main entrance and then level access into the cafe bar. There is one performance space which is at basement level. There is a platform stair lift available from the side entrance.
Unfortunately there is no accessible toilet.
Please book via
or 0131 226 0002.

CanadaHub @ Kings Hall

CanadaHub @ Kings Hall is located at 41A S Clerk St, EH8 9NZ; a 5 minute walk from Summerhall itself.

Ramp access can be found to the left of the main entrance and then level access into the performance spaces. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, as well as level access to the indoor bar.

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