The Old Town Collection - Meeting Edinburgh
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The Old Town Collection

The Old Town Collection Edinburgh brings together three of the City’s most iconic buildings – the Festival Theatre, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland.

Within a short walk around Edinburgh’s beautiful old town, the venues offer a distinctive location for your association’s next conference.

The Festival Theatre is the ideal location for your main conference sessions - a historic setting with twenty-first century technology throughout.  Spacious foyers in this remarkable refurbished theatre lead into the beautiful 1928 auditorium with ample comfortable seating for all your delegates.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh provides breakout, exhibition and catering space, boasting both historic and modern buildings.    Plus of course, on site accommodation is available in the four-star Ten Hill Place Hotel.

The National Museum of Scotland is a stunning destination for the key social event of your conference.  The Museum has atmospheric vaulted chambers – perfect for a welcome reception, and the Grand Gallery sets the scene for a never-to-be-forgotten fine dining experience.

The capacity chart below only shows a small number of the rooms available over the three venues.

The three organisations within the Collection are registered charities and profits from their conference businesses are used to support the education and cultural sectors in the city, and around the world.

For conferences up to around 750 delegates, The Old Town Collection should be your first choice in Scotland’s capital city.

Building Key:

  1. Royal College of Surgeons (RS)
  2. Festival Theatre (FT)
  3. National Museum Scotland (NMS)


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Meeting Rooms

Capacity by configuration Dimensions
Banquet Boardroom Cabaret Classroom Reception Theatre Area Height
Committee Room (RS) 18 20 30m2 3.2m
Conan Doyle Room (RS) 10 33m2 3.0m
Deacon Suite (RS) 160 40 120 82 250 200 6m2 177.6m
Empire Rooms (FT) 150
Fellow's Library (RS) 60 34 26 100 45 72m2 3.6m
Festival Theatre Auditorium (FT) 750
King Khalid Auditorium (RS) 158 175m2
King Khalid Reception Room (RS) 95 158 70 100m2 2.76m
Logan Turner Room (RS) 16 16 25 37m2 4.45m
National Museum Scotland (NMS) 950 24 96 1500 200 1420m2 24.5m
Playfair Hall (RS) 200 54 72 70 250 150 187m2 6.26m
Wolfson Hall (RS) 230 80 210 130 350 300 267m2 3.6m