City Arts Centre in Edinburgh

If you’re an admirer of the arts and want to see what Edinburgh has to offer, or if you just want something to add to your day out in the city, then the City Arts Centre is a great activity to add to your stack. Enjoy a visit to one of the best collections of Scottish art in the country, as well as collections from international artists.

Where can I see art in Edinburgh?

Head down to the City Arts Centre just a 2 minute walk away from Waverley Station to see a fantastic range of beautiful, locally produced art.

The City Arts Centre sits in a renovated warehouse building, which was converted to the gallery in 1980. With over 4500 works of art, you’ll be able to admire work from some of Scotland’s most famous artists from years gone as well as their contemporary counterparts. The centre is host to a rotating programme of exhibitions, where visitors are treated to historic and contemporary photography, art and design, architecture and more. They have even been host to a special exhibition which put on display costumes and artwork from the Star Wars films. You can stop for a coffee or a snack in their café, and take something home to remember your visit in the ground floor shop.

  • The centre is open from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4.15pm.
  • Admission is usually free, but there are some temporary exhibitions which require tickets.
  • Disabled access details can be found here.

 

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