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  • The National Gallery
    The National Gallery
  • The Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
    The Playhouse Theatre
  • Looking up to the entrance of The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh
    The Queen's Gallery
  • Visitors walking along the landform installation 'Ueda' by Charles Jencks outside the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    The Scottish National Galllery of Modern Art
  • Outside the Usher Hall during the International Festival, Edinburgh
    The Usher Hall during the Edinburgh International Festival

Visit the arts and culture attractions of Edinburgh & The Lothians, which include brilliant galleries, fantastic art centres and entertainment venues.

Spend the day marvelling at national collections of artworks or exploring smaller galleries. At night, take in a theatre show or drop by a comedy club for a few laughs.

Edinburgh & The Lothians offer a fantastic variety of productions staged in amazing theatres. Settle down in a comfy chair and enjoy work by big companies such as Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland or see leading amateur performances.

The Festival Theatre is a huge glass-fronted building in the Old Town of Edinburgh and has a 1,900-seater theatre that offers an inspiring programme of big budget dance and drama throughout the year. Opened in 1994, the stunning venue is the largest performance area in Scotland, second only to the Royal Opera House in the UK.

Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, East Lothian, offers a range of shows for all the family with music, theatre, dance and film. Productions here include drama, dance, comedy, children’s theatre, film, workshops, musicals, amateur and community productions which appeal to a wide audience.

The Stand Comedy Club is where the world's top comedians perform during the festival, and the rest of the year it hosts a nightly array of new and established comedy talent.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is home to centuries of fascinating history. Alongside is the wonderful Queen's Gallery, a permanent space for changing exhibitions from the Royal Collections.

Use the information listings to plan a creative day out at arts and culture attractions in Edinburgh & The Lothians.

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  1. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience the drama of river life and discover how to protect it at our free interactive river exhibition.

  2. Ken's Ceilidhs

    Type

    Dance

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Lauriston Hall Ceilidhs with ceilidh band HLI and caller Ken Gourlay.

  3. Musselburgh Museum

    Type

    Museums

    Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Musselburgh

    Welcome to Musselburgh Museum

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House is a home for Scotland's Culture, creating a unique venue that incorporates contemporary design and entertainment with medieval architecture and intrigue.

  6. The Stand Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy Venues

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Stand Comedy Club EDINBURGH - LIVE COMEDY 7 NIGHTS A WEEK Now in its tenth year The Stand Comedy Club is Edinburgh's only full-time comedy venue.

  7. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The centre provides a 98-seater theatre with ancillary workshop and changing facilities, a community creche, a gallery, and bar/cafe on the ground floor.

  8. Edinburgh Zoo

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    The wildest visitor attraction in Scotland. Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and beautiful animals from around the world and home to the UK's only giant pandas and koalas.

  9. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Open air venue used for firework display, country dancing, popular and classical concerts.

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Take a sensational journey through a replica distillery, before your expert guide imparts the secrets of the Whisky regions. Finally, you'll choose your perfect 'dram', and taste it in The World's Largest Whisky Collection.

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