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International Festival venues


13-29 Nicolson Street

T: +44(0)131 529 6000

Behind the Festival Theatre’s striking glass façade there lies a welcoming 19th Century theatre.

Festival Theatre © Fctt 4
Getting there

Edinburgh is very compact, which makes it ideal to explore on foot or by bicycle. See below for information about getting to the venue. If you are looking for general advice on travelling within and to Edinburgh, visit our dedicated page packed with useful tips and information.

  • Pay and display parking on Chambers Street
  • Accessible parking spaces can be booked in advance, contact the venue
  • NCP: Holyrood Road (4 disabled bays)
    Festival Theatre visitors can enjoy 5 hours parking at NCP’s Holyrood Road for only £5.50 (discount not available on pre booked parking) - find out how to claim the discount.
  • Q-Park: Quartermile (10 disabled bays)
  • Bus stop (Nicolson Street): 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, X47, 49
  • Taxi rank on Nicolson Square
  • Waverley Station 0.4 miles
  • Find out about walking routes and cycling paths, bike security and bike parking options
  • Go green and try car-sharing to save costs and our planet - see goCarShare and TripshareEdinburgh

Venue accessibility
  • Lift access to all levels
  • Ramped access to main entrance with power assisted door
  • Wheelchair spaces are in the centre of the Stalls
  • Accessible toilets on level 1 and level 2
  • Infa-red system in the auditorium, headsets available from the cloakroom
  • Box Office has a low counter and loop system
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and can be looked after by venue staff

Read disabled access reviews on Euan’s Guide

  • Pre-order your pre-show and interval drinks with the new Capital Theatres Bars App and get 10% off your first order. You can download the app from the App Store and Google Play. Bars are located on each level and open one hour before the performance. 
  • The Festival Theatre Cafe is also open from 10.00am daily and offers a selection of light lunches, hot drinks and cakes. 

Safety and security

Arrive at venues in plenty of time as latecomers may not be admitted.

Your safety and security at International Festival events is of the utmost importance to us. Please note that bags may be subject to security searches and you should not bring bags larger than 30cm x 30cm x 15cm to our venues. No larger bags (or similar) will be allowed into the venue. There is no cloakroom to store belongings.

If you spot anything suspicious during your visit to the International Festival, please do let a member of the team know.