Due to overwhelming demand and staff shortages, we are currently not taking bookings for the remainder of dates in 2021. If you are interested in a booking here with us for 2022 and beyond, please complete the form below and the team will aim to be back in touch within 7 working days

To enquire about hiring the venue, please complete the form below and our Events Team will respond as soon as they are able.

We continue to review enquiries on a case-by-case basis with consideration of current covid guidance. Clients are required to follow government guidance at all times and will be asked to provide a covid specific risk assessment.

The venue hire process takes a little more time than usual at the moment, so please bear with us as we work this out together.

(Last updated Friday 20 August 2021)

Summerhall provides a unique setting for any event.  Notably located at the east end of the Meadows with ample public transport links we have an amazing variety of spaces ready to accommodate anything from 5 to 500 guests.

If you would like to discuss holding an event at Summerhall we would love to hear from you. Please complete the form below which will be passed to our dedicated events team. Please ensure you complete the form in full to avoid a delay with your enquiry.

Please do not use this form for applying for the Summerhall Fringe programme – information on how apply can be found on our Fringe & programme page.

Note – the tech specs supplied are NOT accurate for the Edinburgh Festival in August.

Main Hall

The Main Hall is a splendid example of early 20th century public architecture with its elegant features, wooden floor and ceremonial atmosphere. Flexible staging and seating makes this a very adaptable space for up to 250 people. As perfect for dancing, concerts and dinners as it is for meetings, conferences and gigs.

Dissection Room

The name might be a little gruesome, but Summerhall’s Dissection Room makes for a truly spectacular, completely original venue.

This space is full of character and flexibility is key. Large windows make up one side of the room and on the other, a line of wooden display cabinets sit below a charming balcony to add another level of interest to the room. The room features a number of theatre blacks and staging options which adapt to your event requirements and a private bar is conveniently located within the venue space.

The Dissection Room is ideal for large events due to nearby breakout rooms. Perfect for concerts, networking events and launches, dinners, weddings and conferences. The Dissection Room is one of Edinburgh’s most distinctive and unusual settings.

Red Lecture Theatre

A Seventies style lecture theatre complete with original features such as red lacquer study tables and flip down seats,the Red Lecture Theatre is ideal for more intimate talks, presentations, meetings and panel discussions. Equipped with a small projection/ sound booth, screen and projector with 7.1 sound and the ability for total black out this space also makes an ideal cinema.

The Royal Dick & Summerhall Cafe

With an on-site brewery and Gin distillery, The Royal Dick is a bar like no other. Authentic Dick Vet School fittings and contemporary design makes this a unique setting to gather in. To enquire about hiring the private dining room please contact The Royal Dick direct on

Our cafe opens early for breakfast; soup, sandwiches, cakes and pastries are served all day as well as great coffee, tea and a variety of cold drinks. Evening hire available through our events team.

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

One of our most precious jewels, the Anatomy Lecture Theatre is an intimate room with original features such as raised wooden horseshoe seating and wooden floors that are over one hundred years old. The rooms adds a special atmosphere to your events and is a supremely functional space with perfect acoustics for speech and un amplified music. Ideal for conferences, meetings, lectures, recitals and concerts.

Demonstration Room

Set in the oldest part of Summerhall our Demonstration Room is a stark and raw space that makes a powerful impact on audiences. Popular for location filming, photo shoots and unique performances and readings. A powerful and unforgettable space.

  • 58 seated
Cairns Lecture Theatre

A modern end-on space with red padded seats. The room features windows down one side for natural light, or curtains can be drawn for theatre blackout. This room is ideal for theatre, film or meetings.

Old Lab

As the name suggests this is a former laboratory now turned into a large open plan black box space. Ideal for workshops, classes and rehearsals.

TechCube Zero

Based within our technology incubator Techcube, this flat floored room is equipped with tables and chairs and offers a variety of set up options including theatre style, classroom and boardroom.

  • 100 seated

Venue Hire Enquiries

NOTE: this form should not be used for submitting Fringe proposals (please head to our programming section for info at this link) nor to contact our Visual arts or Programme team. (Please email in these cases).

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