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 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.

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.

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 our telephone number 0131 560 1581 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 prior to the festival, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 0131 560 1580 or by email on

Ground Floor Venues and Galleries

  • Anatomy Lecture Theatre (dependent on show)
  • Box Office
  • Demonstration Room (dependent on show)
  • Library Gallery
  • Press Office
  • Old Lab
  • Roundabout
  • TechCube Zero
  • The Cafe
  • The Royal Dick
  • The Street
  • Yellow Room

First Floor Venues and Spaces

  • Cairns Lecture Theatre (x)
  • Corner Gallery
  • Demarco Gallery
  • Main Hall
  • Meadows Galleries
  • Lower Hope Park Gallery (x)
  • Phenotype Genotype Gallery
  • Small Animal Hospital
  • The Dissection Room (-)
  • The Loft (x)
  • Upper Hope Park Gallery (x)

Basement Venues and Spaces

  • Basement Gallery
  • Lower Library Gallery
  • Red Lecture Theatre (x)
  • The RUTS (x)

Offsite Shows

  • Portobello Beach (bus picking up from Box Office)
  • The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • St.Giles Cathedral