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Edinburgh First - Venues

The University of Edinburgh has a vast range of impressive historic and modern buildings that reflect it’s 400-year history. Edinburgh First brings these buildings to life as successful conference, dining and meeting venues that are full of Edinburgh’s character and charm. Edinburgh First has four main areas, Pollock Estate, Central Area, Old College and King’s Buildings. Spaces can be booked individually for smaller meetings/events or grouped together for the larger conferences.

Pollock Estate (PE)
Our venues range from 19th century mansions - St Leonard’s Hall and Abden House - to the contemporary South Hall complex and our purpose-built John McIntyre Conference Centre.  Closest Edinburgh First accommodation options are the year-round hotels, Masson House or Salisbury Green Hotel. Also, in the summer there are 2,000 campus- accommodation beds available.

Central Area (CA)
During student vacation, we have over 30 classrooms and 10 lecture theatres with exhibition areas (ideal for large conferences) including the pretigious and newly refurbished McEwan Hall, George Square lecture theatre and Appleton Tower. Closest Edinburgh First accommodation options are the centrally-located KM Central and Richmond Place Apartments.

Old College (OC)
Old College was built in the 16th century; this impressive Edinburgh landmark houses the stunning Playfair Library Hall with its neo-classical barrel-vaulted ceiling; ideal for exclusive dinners, presentations and conferences. Our other historic buildings include the Reid Concert Hall, Talbot Rice Gallery and St Cecilia’s Hall.  Closest accommodation options are the centrally-located KM Central and Richmond Place Apartments.

King’s Buildings (KB)
5 minutes’ drive to the Pollock Estate, King’s Building’s Swann lecture theatre is available during vacation for conferences. Closest Edinburgh First accommodation options are the year-round hotels,  Masson House or Salisbury Green Hotel . Also, in the summer, there are 2,000 campus- accommodation beds available.



Building Key:

1. Pollock Estate (PE)
2. Central Area (CA)
3. Old College (OC)
4. King's Buildings (KB)

Contacts

Gordon Dow
0131 651 2189 (phone)
0131 667 7271 (fax)
The University of Edinburgh
18 Holyrood Park Road
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH16 5AY
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Meeting Rooms

Capacity by configuration Dimensions
Banquet Boardroom Cabaret Classroom Reception Theatre Area Height
(CA) 50 George Square G.01 30
(CA) 50 George Square G.02 36
(CA) 50 George Square G.04 Screening Room 102
(CA) 50 George Square G.05 44
(CA) 50 George Square G.06 64
(CA) 50 George Square Lecture Theatre 275
(CA) Appleton Tower Concourse 400 560m2
(CA) Appleton Tower Lec Theatre 1 (x3) 200
(CA) Appleton Tower Lec Theatre 2 (x2) 300
(CA) Appleton Tower Seminar room (x3) 40 77m2
(CA) DHT Hub LG 200
(CA) DHT Hub LG.06 35 10m2 5.0m
(CA) DHT Hub LG.08 36 6m2 5.6m
(CA) DHT Hub LG.09 100
(CA) DHT Hub LG.10 36
(CA) DHT Hub LG.11 78
(CA) George Square Theatre 480
(CA) McEwan Hall (Basement) 380 141 570 578
(CA) McEwan Hall (Foyer 1) 40 16 50 66
(CA) McEwan Hall (Foyer 2) 60 22 50 87
(CA) McEwan Hall (Foyer 3 + 5) 60 22 80 87
(CA) McEwan Hall (Foyer 4) 80 16 130 122
(CA) McEwan Hall (G,1+2 Floors) 1829
(KB) King's Building Swan Theatre 374
(OC) Carstares 12 10 8 20 29m2 5.32m
(OC) Elder 16 16 12 10 49m2 5.59m
(OC) Lee 8 8 6 10 29m2 4.51m
(OC) Playfair 220 160 100 450 250 332m2 12.13m
(OC) Raeburn 24 24 40 76m2 5.32m
(PE) Abden House Dining Room 16 16 12 20 20 4.2m
(PE) Abden House Drawing Room 30 20 24 16 50 50 4.2m
(PE) John McIntyre Duddingston 20 16 16 16 35 30 3.9m
(PE) John McIntyre Holyrood 30 20 24 20 35 36 3.9m
(PE) John McIntyre Pentland (partitionable) 200 70 160 80 420 330 4.79m
(PE) John McIntyre Prestonfield 100 40 56 50 150 137 3.9m
(PE) John McIntyre Salisbury 30 20 24 20 35 36 3.9m
(PE) Sailsbury Green Hotel (meeting room x 4) 30 20 20 20 40 36 47m2 5.0m
(PE) South Hall Complex 250 200 100 500 350 3.9m
(PE) South Hall Complex - Kirkland 40 40 150 100 2.6m
(PE) St Leonard's Hall - Arthursley & Brewster 10 10 8 10 12 20 36m2 3.56m
(PE) St Leonard's Hall - Bonnar & Cowan 16 20 20 70m2
(PE) St Leonard's Hall - Nelson 40 20 32 20 40 40 4.4m
(PE) St Leonard's Hall - Pollock 40 20 32 20 40 50 3.65m
(PE) St Leonard's Hall - St Trinnean's 60 30 48 30 60 60 4.4m
(PE) St Leonards Hall = Lessel 8