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Summerhall Pl Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Summerhall PlaceGBEdinburghEH9 1PL
0131 560
Art CentreToday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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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."
"Great what they've transformed this place into since it was the old vet school!"
"Guest Reviewer Stewart Bremner: Mark Thomas Trespass."
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Phil Dickson
3 months ago
Guest Reviewer Stewart Bremner: Mark Thomas Trespass. Summerhall 24/8/15 Comedian and activist Mark Thomas' new show, Trespass, tells the story of three long walks across the centre of London, undertaken to highlight the growing trend of the privatisation of public space. The walks take in areas where corporations and the wealthy have turned parts of London into their own miniature fiefdoms. It's bad enough to have caused loyal Londoner Thomas, for the first time, to ponder leaving the city he loves. Told in a string of anecdotes, the hour-long performance is one of absurdity and anger. Absurdities lie in the policing of these spaces, owned by the likes of Mitsubishi and RBS, that Thomas provokes in a series social actions – each innocently playful in the face of stern opposition. The anger, when it happens, is red-in-the-face and entirely justified. It is clearly shared by the large portions of the audience, many of whom have not come along just to laugh. Yet it is a funny show. Thomas is an animated figure, fully able to engage and command the attention of his audience. He ably coats the bitter pill of modern Britain is his spot-on observational humour, while his social actions not only hark back to friendlier times but are often laughably ludicrous in their own right. Ironically, it is the location of the show that feels the most off. When Thomas at several points invites us to get involved in his next actions, it feels as if he is speaking in London. It is similarly estranging to note that Scotland's separate land ownership laws and problems don't get one mention. It gives a jarring undercurrent to the show, reinforcing the oft-made claim that the festival is no more than a London transplant into Edinburgh, having nothing to do with its location. Trespass is a fast-paced, funny and thought-provoking show. Anyone with a social conscious who enjoys the occasional giggle at the ludicrous nature of our corporate-owned world will love it, especially if they live down south.
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David Mowat
7 months 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
a year 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
a year 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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Jean Histwork
2 months ago
I love Summerhall - such a great venue, pub, art centre. They offer live music, a cafe, art exhibitions, various one off and regular festivals and during August becomes a hub of everything. Included in activity is a brewery and gin distillery on site - both great!
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Helen Wright
7 months 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
7 months 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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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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