The Usher Hall Today
Since 1896, when Andrew Usher made his historic gift of £100,000 to the City of Edinburgh to found a concert hall, the Usher Hall has become one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world. The Usher Hall is the city's key venue for visiting national and international orchestras and has been the main venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since 1947.
Our beautiful Beaux Arts concert hall was completed in 1914 and remains one of Edinburgh 's architectural gems. The much praised acoustics make it one of the best concert halls in Europe with many of the world's finest musicians performing here.
Today the Usher Hall is a centre of excellence embracing the widest range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions.
Address: Usher Hall
The Usher Hall is located in central Edinburgh, just a few minutes walk from Princes Street. We are just off Lothian Road and next to the Traverse Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre.
Buses 1, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 24, 34 and 36 all stop outside the Usher Hall and Filmhouse on Lothian Road. Many other bus routes are only a short walk away.
The coach drop-off points are on Cambridge Street and Grindlay Street. Waiting space is available on Castle Terrace and Johnstone Terrace.
Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre. Coach and taxi services take approximately 25 minutes. Edinburgh Airport - www.baa.co.uk
Edinburgh has two railway stations, Waverley and Haymarket, both within a 15 minute walk of the Usher Hall. For timetables visit: www.trainline.co.uk or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
There are bicycle racks situated opposite the entrance to the Usher Hall, outside Nandos.
There is limited on-street car parking however an NCP car park located across the road at Castle Terrace. (click here for information from the NCP website). There is a taxi rank opposite the Usher Hall on Lothian Road. Disabled parking is available on Grindlay Street and Cambridge Street.
There is level access to the ground floor, accessible from the Grindlay Street side of the building at the new wing. There is lift access to all levels of the hall. There are 12 wheelchair accessible spaces (Stalls x 10, Grand Circle x 2). Please advise the Box Office when booking if you require one. Assistance dogs are welcome.
For hearing aid users, a loop system is in place. To access this facility, please switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position.
The Stalls are fully accessible with accommodation for up to 10 wheelchairs. The Grand Circle foyer is accessible for wheelchair users, with accommodation for 2 wheelchairs. The bar area is not fully accessible, however staff are available to assist with drinks orders. The Upper Circle foyer is wheelchair accessible, however there is no accommodation for wheelchairs in the auditorium at this level. The Upper Circle is not suitable for those with walking difficulties or vertigo.
Concession prices are only available for certain performances. Please ask when you book or check online. We cannot offer online booking for wheelchair spaces at this time. Please call the box office on 0131 228 1155.
Equal Access Parking
Disabled blue badge holders can park for free and spaces are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street and in Cambridge Street outside the Traverse Theatre.
People with disabilities can park in pay and display with no time limit and can also park on single and double yellow lines (subject to some constraints). Further information can be found at www.direct.gov.uk
If you are arriving by taxi or being dropped of at the venue, we recommend you use Grindlay Street, which is adjacent to the level access podium.
Linking the arts and people with disabilities. Contact 0131 229 3555 or visit www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk