Summerhall is committed to improving access to the building, exhibitions and events, and we welcome D/deaf and disabled customers.

Where possible, 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.

Customers who need to bring medical equipment or medicines, food or drink to manage a medical condition to visit the venue are welcome to do so. If you have any concerns prior to visiting, please contact the venue.

The venue includes accessible toilets on the ground floor, 1st floor and in the Royal Dick Bar (information below).

In an emergency, please approach any member of Summerhall staff, who can provide first aid or call for a first aider if required.

Entering the building

The main entrance to Summerhall has 9 stone steps with no railing. Step-free access is via the side entrance on Summerhall Square.  The entrance is clearly marked by the original Dick Vet gates.

As you enter, The Royal Dick bar 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.

Travelling to and from Summerhall

Taxis & Cars

On most days outside of the Edinburgh Fringe period, taxis & other vehicles can drop passengers off directly in the courtyard (using the vehicle gate on Summerhall Square & announcing their arrival using the intercom system), however there is no onsite public parking in Summerhall. On days that the courtyard is closed to vehicle access (e.g. – the festival period), taxis and other vehicles can drop passengers off directly outside the accessible entrance by the vehicle gate, in Summerhall Square.


South Clerk Street, just behind Summerhall, is served by the following buses: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, 49, 300, N3, N7, N30, N31, N37.

There is also a bus stop just in front of Summerhall’s main entrance, served by buses 42 and 67.


The nearest train station is Waverley on the east side of Princes Street. It takes approximately 20-30 minute walk, 10-20 minute on a bus or 5-15 minutes in a car to reach Summerhall.

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.

Summerhall offers an additional ticket free of charge to anyone that requires personal assistance to attend a show in the venue. Please let the box office know at the point of purchase.

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. 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.

Main Hall Lift
  • Lift door: 92cm
  • Lift space: 124cmx188cm
Ground Floor Venues and Galleries
  • Anatomy Lecture Theatre (wheelchair position on stage, dependent on event. No seating position available on-stage for personal assistant. 4-10 steps to seating.)
  • Box Office (lowered counter at back – 77cm tall)
  • Demonstration Room (wheelchair position on stage, dependent on event. No seating position available on-stage for personal assistant)
  • The Old Generator (uneven floor surface with loose rubble)
  • Library Gallery
  • Press Office
  • Old Lab
  • Roundabout
  • Sciennes Gallery #1
  • Sciennes Gallery #2
  • Sciennes Gallery #3 (2 steps down)
  • Summerhall Distillery / Pickering’s Gin
  • TechCube Zero (access via Main Summerhall building, no access via TechCube entrance)
  • The Cafe (no lowered counter – 93cm tall)
  • The Royal Dick (wheelchair access via a second entrance around back. No lowered counter)
  • Sciennes Gallery
  • War Memorial Library
First Floor Venues and Spaces
  • Cairns Lecture Theatre (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 (7 steps down from North Courtyard, then 22 steps up)
  • Laboratory Gallery (Main Hall lift)
  • Locked In: The Distillery Escape (Teconic block lift, Locked In escape game sometimes accessible, please contact them directly for more information)
  • The Dissection Room (No raised platform, 27 steps up)
  • Upper Church (27 steps up from the lower church entrance – 5 steps down (this entrance is rarely open, please contact Summerhall for further information), 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 (Main Hall lift)
  • The Machine Shop (Main Hall lift)
  • Red Lecture Theatre (14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage)
Toilet Locations

Ground floor

  • Reception – 1 unisex toilet (1 step up)
  • Sciennes Gallery corridor – Ladies toilets, 4 cubicles (level access)
  • Cafe Corridor – 3 unisex toilets, 1 adapted with baby change facilities (level access)
  • Anatomy Lobby – 1 unisex toilet (level access)
  • Techcube – 1 unisex toilet (level access via lift)
  • Old Lab – 1 unisex toilet (level access, closed in Festival period)

1st Floor

  • Main Hall (Galleries-side) – 2 unisex toilets (lift to 1st floor, 2 steps up)
  • Main Hall (Demarco wing-side) – 1 unisex toilet (lift to 1st floor, level access)
  • Dissection Room 2 toilets, 1 male with urinals & 1 cubicle, 1 female with 3 cubicles (27 steps up)
  • Cairns Lecture Theatre – 1 unisex toilet (27 steps up)

The Royal Dick Bar

  • 1 male toilet, 1 cubicle & urinals (1 step down)
  • 1 female toilet, 3 cubicles – 1 large (1 step down)
  • 1 unisex toilet, adapted (level access)

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