The University of Edinburgh
Old College, South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
Tuesday - Saturday
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It is our aim to make Talbot Rice Gallery a space that is open and accessible to all. Whilst the design of 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.
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.
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 lift's weight limit, we suggest transferring to the gallery wheelchair in order to use the stair lift. Please contact a member of the team if you wish to use this
Wheelchair access to the Georgian Gallery balcony (when open to the public) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Reception Desk.
If you require any additional assistance when in the Gallery space please ask a member of staff.
Deaf and hard of hearing visitors
There are three sound works in the current exhibition. Unfortunately these are not captioned. If you would like a transcript of the Gabrielle Goliath work, please ask a member of staff.
If you lipread, please make this known at Reception so we may switch to using a face visor at a safe distance for clearer communication
An Eventbrite ticketing system has been introduced to help us monitor arrivals and ensure safe distancing between visitors is maintained. Book your free ticket here and please arrive within your time slot.
A one-way route through the Gallery with a separate entrance and exit has been put in place. Entrance to the Gallery will be via West College Street and the Old College Quad as usual, while the Gallery's exit will now be located in the Georgian Gallery and will direct you out into the Old College Quad. Upon entry to the Gallery, you will be met by a member of staff at our welcome desk who will check you in, explain the one way route, and ask that you wear a face covering.
- All visitors over the age of five must wear a face covering while in the gallery; all of our members of staff will be wearing them too.
- Please keep your distance from others (2m).
- Please follow the directional signage and one-way route.
- Please make use of the hand sanitisation stations provided.
- Toilets will be open. Please observe signage regarding room occupancy.
- 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.
Cycling is recommended as an alternative mode of transport. There are spaces around Old College to lock your bike to when visiting us.
There is limited paid street parking around the Gallery.
The taxi drop off point is the Old College entrance way on West College Street.