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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. The Edinburgh Dungeon

    Type

    Exhibitions

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Exciting, scary and bloody funny – delve into Scotland’s murky history at the Edinburgh Dungeon. Experience live actors, thrilling rides and special effects… are you ready for Edinburgh's must-see attraction?

  2. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Gifford

    The Chippendale International School of Furniture The school nestles at the foot of the rolling Lammermuir Hills near Haddington, with some of the finest views in Scotland. It is only 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh.

  3. Royal Lyceum Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    See the best in Scottish drama at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, one of Scotland's leading producing theatre companies.

  4. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Edinburgh Playhouse - Scotland's Broadway

  5. Peter Potter Gallery

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    Haddington

    Peter Potter Gallery, hailed as the 'jewel in the crown' of East Lothian is a contemporary gallery showing visual art and craft exhibitions.

  6. The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

    Type

    Historic Ships & Boats

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Edinburgh

    Experience the UK's no.1 attraction (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014). Follow in the footsteps of Royalty and explore this floating Royal residence with a fascinating audio tour of five decks (available in 27 different languages).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Stirling Gallery Publications

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    For a wide selection of good quality postcards from all over Scotland and also your traditional "funny" postcards.

  10. Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Only 5 minutes from the Royal Yacht Britannia, you will find a world of truly Scottish style.

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