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Talbot Rice Gallery is re-opening on 18 May. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

The Gallery has been working closely with the University of Edinburgh and following official government guidance to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our visitors and staff. Here's what you need to know before your visit. 

Arriving at the Gallery

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. 

Safety Measures

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.


A lift is available to those with access needs. The member of staff at our welcome desk will be happy to direct you. The lift provides access to the White Gallery and Mezzanine. Access to the Georgian Gallery is currently restricted to wheelchair users who are able self-transfer to use the stair lift and access the raised section of the Georgian Gallery. Please ask a volunteer to contact a member of staff who will be happy to assist you. 

Wheelchair access to the Georgian Gallery balcony (when open to the public) is also limited due to the narrow walkways.

For full access information, please click here.