Access

Assembly aims to be welcoming and accessible to all. We are committed to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible but we are aware that the nature of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can sometimes lead to a few areas where access may be restricted by the venues’ physical layout. Please find more information about our venues below, as well as assisted performances at Assembly Festival.

Nearest Parking/Drop Off – Lawnmarket
The Lawnmarket entrance is our accessible entrance for both audience members of Main Hall and Rainy Hall. It is situated near the Ensign Ewart Pub and is a large wooden door with a doorbell which staff will be happy to attend to. If you have not been attended to after 5 minutes, please do call the venue staff directly on the number provided at this entrance.

Public Transport: From both Assembly Rooms and Assembly Hall there is quick access to Princes Street and the tram servicing both Waverley and Haymarket train stations for onwards transport. For more information on available routes, timetables and more information, please visit: https://lothianbuses.co.uk 

Step Free Access:

  • Main Hall  Yes – through Lawnmarket entrance, please see this download.

Accessible Box Office: The Box Office is situated nearby the Front Entrance on Mound Place which is around a 200m journey to the Lawnmarket entrance.

Accessible Toilet: Yes – In the main hall area. 

Accessible Bar: The Bar is situated at Quad Level in the Front Gates (Stairs into the venue )

Induction Loop: No

Nearest Parking/Drop Off – George Street

Public Transport – Bus 41 towards Marchmont, Bus 16/22/12 to Leith. For more information on available routes, timetables and more information, please visit: https://lothianbuses.co.uk 

Step Free Access: Yes – via a lift in the front reception

Accessible Toilet: Yes

Accessible Box Office: Yes

​​​​Accessible Bar:  Yes

Induction Loop:

  • Ballroom: No
  • Drawing Room: No
  • Music Hall: Yes
  • Front Room: No

Nearest Parking/Drop Off – Bristo Place/Teviot Place

Public Transport – https://lothianbuses.co.uk 


Step Free Access: No, 26 Steps to venue
Accessible Toilet: Accessible toilet on ground level
Accessible Box Office: At stair level (26 stairs into venue)
Accessible Bar:  At street level (26 stairs into venue)
Induction Loop: No

Nearest Parking/Drop Off – Buccleuch Place

Public Transport: Bus 300 to Leith, Bus 41 towards Marchmont, Bus 2 towards Haymarket. For more information on available routes, timetables and more information, please visit: https://lothianbuses.co.uk   

Accessible Box Office: The main Box Office is at the corner of George Square and although we do not have a low-level window at our Box Office, our Box Office attendants will be more than happy to assist you in purchasing tickets at our Box Office.

Step free access:

Please Note: George Square Gardens itself is our much loved outdoor venue which is built upon a fake grass site which although level, may vary in height across the site. The surrounding area of George Square varies between cobbled streets and flat pavements.
 

  • George Square Gardens (Variete & Piccolo): Yes
  • Gordon Aikman Theatre, The Box and The Blue Room: Yes
  • One & Two: No
  • Three, Four & Five: Yes

Accessible Toilet:

  • George Square Gardens (Variete & Piccolo): Yes
  • George Square Theatre, The Box and The Bubble: Yes
  • One & Two: In Main Studio Area
  • Three, Four & Five: Yes

Accessible Bar:

  • George Square Gardens (Variete & Piccolo): Yes
  • Gordon Aikman Theatre, The Box and The Blue Room: Yes
  • One, Two Three: In Main Studio Area
  • Four & Five: Yes

Induction Loop: No

 

Nearest Parking/Drop Off – Roxburgh Place

Public Transport: Bus 31 towards Haymarket, Bus 41 towards Marchmont, Bus 300 towards Leith. For more information on available routes, timetables and more information, please visit: https://lothianbuses.co.uk 

Accessible Box Office: The Box Office is on ground level and although we do not have a low-level window at our Box Office, our Box Office attendants will be more than happy to assist you in purchasing tickets at our Box Office.

Step Free Access:

  • Central: Yes
  • Upstairs: No (25 Steps)
  • Downstairs & Snug Bar: No (18 Steps)

Accessible Toilet: In central area

Accessible Bar:

  • Central: Yes
  • Upstairs: Yes, before ascending to the venue
  • Downstairs & Snug Bar: Yes

Induction Loop: No

 

Icon Meaning

 

 

Audio Description.

 

Captioned Performance.

 

 

 Hearing not needed.

 

 

 Induction Loop.

 

 

 Relaxed Performance dates available.

 

 

Step Free Access.

 

 

 Sight Not Needed.

 

 

 Signed Performance dates available.

 

 

 Touch Tours available.

 

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at all of our venues.

Wheelchair access is available at all venues with the exception of the following theatre spaces:

Assembly Hall Baillie Room
Assembly George Square One
Assembly George Square Two
Assembly Roxy Upstairs
Assembly Roxy Downstairs
Assembly Checkpoint
 

If you are a wheelchair user we will assist you in every way possible. You can reach us at 0131 623 3000 or [email protected] for further information.

 

Show Information

Some of our shows may feature loud bangs and/or flashing or strobe lighting. Any content warnings will be displayed at the show venue prior to the show beginning but please do ask our Front of House if you would like any more information on anything within each show or feel free to email [email protected] prior to your arrival.

 

Essential Companion Tickets

Assembly Festival are more than happy to provide free tickets to our shows for any essential companions. If you do require an essential companion ticket for one of our shows, please call our Box Office on 0131 623 3030 or email [email protected] or more information.

 

Accessibility Dogs

Accessibility dogs are more than welcome across all Assembly Venues. Please do say hello to our friendly Front of House Assistants at the venue if you are arriving for a show who will be able to assist you.

 

Assisted Performances

We offer a variety of BSL Signed Performances and Relaxed Performances, which can be searched for via the Accessibility filter on the What’s On page. For further information please e-mail [email protected] or call us on 0131 623 3000.

 

Sensory Backpacks

The Fringe Society have free-to-borrow backpacks which contain items designed to make the Fringe as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible for autistic people and anyone who might feel a bit overwhelmed by the Fringe.

Each backpack (available in small and large sizes) contains a fidget toy, water bottle, stress reliever, earplugs or defenders and a list of relaxed performances at the Fringe. The backpacks are loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis and are available from the following locations:

•    Fringe Shop, 180 High Street, EH1 1QS

•    Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 – 45 High Street, EH1 1SR

•    Pleasance Dome, 5 Bristo Place, EH8 9AL

•    Dancebase, 14 – 16 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU

•    Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ

•    Fringe Shop, Waverley Station, EH1 1BB

 

 

Changing Places

The Fringe Society also provides some Changing Places in central Edinburgh during August. These are accessible toilets with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist, for people who are unable to use a standard accessible toilet.

•    Fringe Changing Place - corner of Windmill Street and Chapel Street. Fringe Central staff can provide access 10:00 - 22:00 or 24-hour if the user has a radar key.

•    The Booking Office Pub, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ, 06:00 – 00:00.

•    National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, 10:00 – 17:00

•    The Scottish Parliament, 1 Horse Wynd, EH99 1SP, opening hours vary

•    Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ, 10:00 – 00:00

•    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern One – 75 Belford Road, EH4 3DR - 09:00 -17:00.

 

More information about the access services provided by the Fringe Society can be found on their website.

 

Any Other Questions?

We're here to help! Give us a call on 0131 623 3000 or email [email protected] and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

 

Feedback

We would love to hear any feedback you might have regarding your experience with us and at our venues. Feel free to email [email protected] any feedback you might have for us.

We also have all our venues listed on Euan’s Guide and please feel free to leave us a review of your experience or some feedback to share with other users.