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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

    Edinburgh

    The King's houses visits by major touring drama productions, including the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as being home to Edinburgh's annual pantomime and the local amateur societies' productions.

  2. Gradings

    Musselburgh

    The Brunton is the place to be for the best in quality music, theatre, dance, comedy, children's shows and film - all year round. Our newly refurbished venue 1 allows us to offer even more entertainment as well as being available for hire.

  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Built in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School, the Gallery provides purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities to enable a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

  4. Gradings

    North Berwick

    Welcome to Tantallon Arts & Crafts Studios, North Berwick, East Lothian.

  5. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Edinburgh Playhouse - Scotland's Broadway

  6. City Art Centre

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Located in the heart of the capital, with six exhibition galleries, the City Art Centre is Scotland's emporium of the visual arts.

  7. Our Dynamic Earth

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Our Dynamic Earth - it's the Mother Earth of all adventures! Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's spectacular Salisbury Crags.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Scottish National Gallery is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions. It houses Scotland’s national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century.

  9. The Linlithgow Story

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Linlithgow

    The Linlithgow Story tells of the town's connection with the Stewart dynasty and the lives and occupations of its ordinary people, using artefacts supplemented by video and audio presentations.

  10. 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.

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