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Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh
Old College, South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Opening times

Open Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Admission Free

Get in touch with us


It is our aim to make Talbot Rice Gallery a space that is open and accessible to all. Whilst the design of our 19th Century building poses certain challenges, we are constantly reviewing and revising how we can make the gallery a safe and welcoming place for all of our visitors. 

White Gallery
Our main entrance is on the second floor and is accessible via stairs and our lift.

The mezzanine level to the Gallery is accessible via stairs and our lift.

Georgian Gallery
The Georgian Gallery is accessed through the White Gallery. There are 5 steps up to the Georgian Gallery.

These steps are serviced by a stair lift. Due to the lift's weight limit, we suggest transferring to the gallery wheelchair in order to use the stair lift. Please let a member of the team know if you wish to use this.

The Georgian Gallery stair lift is currently out of order. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Please speak to a member of staff for further assistance. Thank you for your understanding.

Wheelchair access to the Georgian Gallery balcony is also limited due to the narrow walkways.

Borrowing wheelchairs & seating
A wheelchair is available on request.

Portable folding chairs are available on request.

Please ask at the reception desk or email:

Assistance Animals
Guide dogs, hearing and registered assistance dogs are welcome.

Staff can provide a bowl of water - please ask at the reception desk.

Free parking for Badge holders is available on Chambers Street for an unlimited period. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

Toilets and baby care facilities
There is one accessible toilet which also has baby changing facilities in the gallery.

Separate Mens’ and Ladies’ toilet facilities are also available.

The gallery actively supports transgender, non-binary and gender-non conforming visitors and staff in their right to use our facilities without facing discrimination. If you experience behaviour which makes you feel uncomfortable when using our facilities, please let a member of staff know.

Blind & partially sighted visitors
A large print guide is available for every exhibition and can be collected from the Welcome Desk. 

If you require any additional assistance when in the gallery space please ask a member of staff.

Deaf and hard of hearing visitors
All sound works in the exhibition feature closed captioning. 

If you lipread, please make this known at reception so we can take this into account when communicating.

Safety Measures

Upon entry to the gallery, you will be met by a member of staff at our reception desk

  • We ask that you do not bring drinks into the gallery.
  • We ask that you do not bring large bags or backpacks as we are unable to store them for you at the gallery.
  • Please do not visit the gallery if you or anyone in your household are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus.

How to get here

Using public transport
The following buses stop on South Bridge (2 minutes walk to the Gallery):
3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 45, 49, 51, 52, N3, N30, N37, X29, X62, X95

The following buses stop on George IV Bridge (2 minutes walk to the Gallery):
23, 27, 29. 41, 42, 67

We are a 15 minute walk from Waverley Station and a 25 minute walk from the Edinburgh Bus Station.

By bicycle
Cycling is recommended as an alternative mode of transport. There are spaces around Old College to lock your bike to when visiting us.

By car
There is limited paid street parking around the Gallery.

By taxi
The taxi drop off point is the Old College entrance way on West College Street.