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International Festival venues


Lothian Road

T: +44(0)131 228 1155

With its great, round roof and outstanding acoustics, Usher Hall is a true Edinburgh institution. During August, there is an International Festival performance in the hall almost every night.

Usher Hall © Mihaela Bodlovic 45
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

  • Blue badge parking on Grindlay Street and Cambridge Street
  • NCP: Castle Terrace (5 disabled bays)
  • Bus stop (Usher Hall): 1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 24, 34, 36, 47
  • Taxi rank on Lothian Road
  • Haymarket Station 0.7 miles
  • Tram stop at Shandwick Place
  • 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 to all levels
  • Level access through the glass wing entrance with automatic doors
  • No level access to Grand Circle Bar; ask venue staff for assistance
  • Upper Circle may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties
  • Wheelchair spaces are located in mid Stalls and Grand Circle
  • Accessible toilets on all levels
  • Loop system in the auditorium; coverage is best in the Grand Circle and Upper Circle
  • Box Office has low counter 
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and can be looked after by venue staff

Read disabled access reviews on Euan’s Guide

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.