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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


    During the summer months, the Orchestra tours extensively across Scotland, with regular visits to the South of Scotland, Highland and Islands and Central Scotland.

  2. Gradings


    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

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

  4. Gradings


    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.

  5. Traverse Theatre




    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Scotland's world famous new writing theatre, the Traverse is situated in the purpose-built state of the art Saltire Court, in the heart of Edinburgh's new financial district.

  6. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    The Festival Theatre has been described by the New York Times as the finest theatre in Europe.

  7. Gradings


    An evening of pure Scottish Entertainment with a delicious dinner. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a lively evening!

  8. Cyan Clayworks CIC


    Arts & Crafts



    Cyan Clayworks is an artist-run ceramic studio, based at Beaverhall Art Studios. We are a social enterprise, and offer regular courses, bespoke workshops, studio hire, studio visits and practical demonstrations. Email for appointment.

  9. Edinburgh Zoo


    Wildlife, Safari Parks, Zoos & Farms


    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    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.


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