City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Assembly Rooms

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Assembly Rooms
54 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2LR
Assembly Rooms on George Street at the Fringe
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 623 3030
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 

This elegant 18th century building, situated in Edinburgh's New Town, is a mixed use venue owned and managed by Edinburgh City Council.

In Fringe 2017, Assembly Festival (the original tenants) return with shows in the Music Hall, Ballroom, Drawing Room and the Front Room.

Outside the Assembly Rooms, on George Street, you can find a bar, street food, box office and the FuturePlay Festival venues: a Virtual Reality Studio, a Tech Zone in a number of Geodesic Domes, and an Immersive Gallery,

Throughout the year the Assembly Rooms is the scene of ceilidhs, fairs, dances, and other special events.A history of the Assembly Rooms.

Fringe controversy

After a long wait, a £9.3 million refurbishment of The Assembly Rooms was approved by Council in December 2010, in spite of protests by longtime Fringe tenants Assembly at the plan to introduce shops and a restaurant at ground level.

The Assembly Rooms re-opened following its refurbishment in July 2012 in time for the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Considered one of the Fringe's top venues, Assembly lost its tenancy and the refurbished venue was run as Assembly Rooms Fringe (AR Fringe) by the same people behind The Stand until 2017 when Assembly Festival returned as the Fringe tenants.