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Summerhall Place Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Summerhall PlaceGBEdinburghEH9 1PL
0131 560 1580summerhall.co.uk
Art CentreToday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Friday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to Summerhall, the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh now a creative hub for the arts with studio and workshop spaces. During the Edinburgh Festival Summerhall is Fringe Venue 26. Explore, discover and enjoy.

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"During the Fringe Festival and Science Festival it makes a great venue."
3 reviewers
"It works well as an arts venue and has dance workshops and cinema screenings."
2 reviewers
"Hosts gigs, club nights and shows during the festival."
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David Mowat
a month ago
An old mixture of buildings that used to be the School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh University but now is centre of Arts putting on various events and exhibitions. Still has the University feel to it so the interior is pretty bland and could do with a bit of renovation but the atmosphere is great as it’s a hub for all sorts of amazing events. The pub in the middle of the buildings has great atmospshere and there’s a lovely courtyard for sitting out at when the westather is decent. They’ve tarted up the café a bit and it is quite nice now. The food is ok but there's not a very wide selection available, especially late afternoon. Also the cafe seems to close early when there are still events on in the buildings which is annoying as it is usually difficult to get a seat in the pub which is the only other place to go.
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glenn masterton
9 months ago
Turning what used to be the old veterinary school into an arts venue is no mean feat and not for the faint hearted but they guys have pulled it off with style. A large arts venue that manages to host an array of smaller interesting exhibitions and installations into it's many different spaces. From string quartets in the old animal dissection lecture theatres to sculptural installations in the large labs and lecture rooms there is always something of interest. Relax and unwind in the cafe or the Dick Vet bar restaurant just off the courtyard. With it's own brewery and gin distilery there is something for everyone at this superb venue.
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Tania Johnston
7 months ago
There is so much to say about Summerhall...fantastic arts and science venue. All the events I've been to there have made interesting use of the spaces on offer, giving a really good vibe. The Royal Dick Bar is a lovely, quirky little pub offering tasty meals and snacks. Barneys beer on tap is also very good. The service in the bar could, at times be better, just in terms of their speed. I had rabbit there one evening for dinner, and whilst the taste was good, the food was luke warm, which was a shame. However, it didn't put me off, and other food experiences I've had there have been really good.
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Anne Ratigan
12 months ago
Summerhall has been transformed from the Old Dick Vet into a wonderful creative space in Edinburgh's city centre. I've been to a number of different events here from festival shows to Creative Edinburgh talks and every time it felt completely relaxed and fun. There can be a whiff of school corridors in some parts of the building but that's only to be expected. The courtyard has a fantastic open air bar during the festival with a wooden Viking ship you can sit in and fake grass on the ground of what is usually the car park. The indoor bar is also a lovely place with all kinds of old vet paraphernalia on the walls. If you are going here for an event you will be fascinated by its character and just how flexible the space is - I've even seen people on trapeze here!
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Helen Wright
a month ago
I wish they could improve the decor ... but apart from that, this is a great venue, whose artistic vision is encapsulated in the bold sculpture positioned outside the front entrance. It is an excellent use of the old Dick Vet building, and has proved very versatile in its usage. Watch this space (literally).
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Giovanni Caponetto
a month ago
The Summerhall (the whole premise) is just incredible! It's a world within the world, a well kept secret in the heart of charming and mysterious Edinburgh.
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Laura Waddell
9 months ago
My favourite things about this arts complex are as follows: The sunlight that streams into the cafe, reflecting the summer of the name all year round. The feeling of being in an old school after hours - this can mean occasionally not being sure if it's ok to wander the corridors before a teacher comes to tell you off, but mostly the enjoyable, atmospheric old-fashionedness of the space and how it's now filled with contemporary art and theatre curiosities. The quirky Royal Dick bar and the gin made on site, 24 metres away apparently, and particularly with a slice of grapefruit.
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Fi MacKay
a year ago
I have been to several different events here, from Fashion Festival talks/shows/exhibitions, local design markets, drinks in the courtyard with friends and even a couple of weddings! It's a truly unique venue with curious goings on around every corner. Fantastic facilities and activities for families and children yet still great for those without. Plenty of dynamic events going on yet still good to sit back and simply soak up the atmosphere. They also brew their own beer!
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