The team at Dovecot Studios aim to make our space, exhibitions, and events engaging and welcoming to the widest possible public. If you or someone you know has access requirements we will do everything we can to help. This guide tells you about some of the facilities we currently offer, and if there’s something you need that isn’t here, please just ask.

Contact Details

If you would like to contact us before your visit please call 0131 550 3660 or email You are also welcome to write to us at the address below, and we aim to respond within five working days.

Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

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Venue Description

Dovecot Studios is a fully accessible building with lifts, disabled toilets, and staff on hand to assist. The entrance at the front of the Dovecot building to the right has level access. The double doors are often shut and do not open automatically, so either knock for assistance or ring the top left buzzer on the metal panel to the right of this door.

The building is fully wheelchair accessible, including the lift which accesses all floors. There are folding chairs available in the Gallery space, more of which can be requested from staff at front desk.

How to Book Events

Our exhibitions and events can be booked via our website or in person at our front desk. For exhibitions, we offer a concession price for disabled visitors with a carer or personal assistant going free of charge. If you would prefer to call us or send us an email, we can process the booking on your behalf. Entrance to our Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony is free.

Travel Guide

There are various ways to get to Dovecot Studios which are listed below.

Walk: Dovecot is about a 10 minute walk from Waverley Train Station, Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Bus: Lothian Bus routes 3, 3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, X47, 48, X48, 49.

Train: The closest train station is Edinburgh Waverley, which is about a 10 minute walk or 5 minute taxi journey to Dovecot.

Bicycle: Edinburgh has a number of cycle lanes and paths. Dovecot has a bike rail at the front of the building.

Car: There is two-hour on street parking on Infirmary Street. The closest public car park is the NCP car park on Holyrood Road. Please be aware there are no Blue Badge parking spaces on Infirmary Street. There are disabled parking bays located nearby at the west end of Chamber Street by the National Museum of Scotland. Disabled parking bays are marked sky blue on the Edinburgh City Council website.

Arrival Guide

Dovecot Studios is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 17:00. Our ticketed exhibitions are open during these hours while our Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony is open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 15:00 and 10:00 – 17:00 on Saturday. Please note, the Gallery and Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony may occasionally be closed during exhibition changeovers, or for private functions, so please check our Opening Times Tab located in the website menu ahead for your visit. Opening times vary for events, please see specific event listings for information.

Upon arrival a member of our Front of House team will be on hand to answer any questions, direct you to exhibitions and events, and sell you exhibition tickets at our ticket desk located just to the left of the entrance.

Dovecot can also arrange early access to exhibitions for visitors who may have additional needs. Please contact us in advance should you wish to arrange early access, which we will always endeavour to fully facilitate.


There are accessible toilets and baby change facilities on the ground floor in both exhibition spaces, as well as on the first floor in our event space known as the Ladies Baths and an accessible toilet on the third floor Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony.

Customers with Medical Requirements

We welcome visitors who need to bring medicines, food, drink, or medical equipment to our spaces to manage any medical requirements/needs. All our Front of House staff are first aid trained and are able to respond in an emergency.

Access to Performance

Large print exhibition labels and information is available for our exhibitions on the ground floor, and there is a hearing loop available from the front desk. Subtitles are included in video displays in the Gallery.

If there are any upcoming events that you would like to see interpreted or if you lip read, then please do get in touch and we will do our best to facilitate this or make adjustments to help.

Assistance Dogs

Dovecot operate a no dog policy, however, we welcome visitors and their assistance dogs. Where possible we ask that visitors inform us in advance and provide proof that the assistant dog is registered with an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs UK.

Strobe Lighting

Exhibitions and events at Dovecot do not usually use strobe lighting. If an exhibition or event does include strobe lighting this will be made very clear with advance warning.

Further Information

Visit Euan’s Guide to find out more about Dovecot’s facilities and read reviews by other visitors. Please do leave a review yourself, or email us with feedback!

If you have any comments on how we could improve your visit, please do give us a call on 0131 550 3660 or email We would be happy to hear from you.


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Important Update 

Dovecot Studios will be closed to the public from Sunday 19 May to Sunday 16 June 2024. The Dovecot Cafe will be open Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4pm, during this time.


Gallery & Shop

Monday - Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Please note, Dovecot Studios will be open on Sunday 30 June, 10am - 5pm, for the first weekend of Chris Ofili: The Caged Bird's Song


Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony

Monday - Friday: 12pm – 3pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm



Monday - Saturday: 9:30am - 4pm