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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. Traverse Theatre

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    Theatre

    Gradings

    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.

  2. Hoda Productions

    Type

    Historic Sites

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Hoda Productions

  3. Gradings

    Edinburgh - City Centre

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

  4. 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.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Athelstaneford

    NATIONAL FLAG HERITAGE CENTRE Athelstaneford - Birthplace of Scotland's Flag. The St Andrew's Cross or Saltire is Scotland's national flag.

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