Edinburgh University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh Conferences & Events manages 2 venue hubs, which include 12 prestigious venues across the city and over 70 meeting rooms.
With our portfolio of unique hotels, serviced apartments, and campus style summer accommodation, we are perfectly positioned to accommodate residential conferences.
Our services include award-winning in-house catering and event management by experienced and passionate team.Enquire about this Venue
The University of Edinburgh Conferences & Events portfolio operates two key venue hubs:
Pollock Estate – a conference village at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, located 1.3 miles from Waverley train station and easily accessible via public transport. The estate has parking facilities (first come, first served) and EV charging points. A walk from Waverley takes less than half an hour on a scenic route.
Old Town Campus – venues and meeting rooms located in the heart of the University of Edinburgh city centre campus, all within 7-15 minutes’ walk from Waverley train station and conveniently accessible via public transport.
|Summary of facilities and capacities|
|Year round anytime|
|Theatre style (maximum)||N/A||1100|
|Cabaret style (maximum)||N/A||160|
|Exam style (maximum)||N/A||120|
|Boardroom style (maximum)||N/A||70|
|Exhibition space (sq metres)||N/A||392|
|Banquets & formal dinner (maximum)||N/A||200|
|Hotel style bedrooms (max)||N/A||185|
|University style bedrooms (max)||2000||N/A|
|Day delegate rates from||£40.00||£40.00|
|Meeting room only rates from||£250.00||£250.00|
|B&B rates from||£62.00||£135.00|
The University of Edinburgh boasts outstanding conference and event services via its Hospitality & Events Collection. From purpose built conference facilities for 300pax, to venues steeped in history ideal for AGMs, exclusive dinners and receptions, we have the space, the team, and the technical ability to meet a broad range of event requirements. There are two venue hubs in the city:
Located in the vibrant Southside of Edinburgh and nestled on the edge of Holyrood Park - a city space unlike any other with dramatic hills and crags shaping Edinburgh’s iconic skyline.
Pollock Estate, which can host conferences for up to 350 delegates, has three dedicated conference and event venues – the purpose-built John McIntyre Conference Centre, the characterful St Leonard’s Hall, and the classic mid-century South Hall. With two onsite hotels, Summer Campus accommodation, and extensive landscaped gardens, the estate offers a residential conference village environment within the city. It is easily accessible on foot or by public transport from the city centre whilst also providing electric car charging points and parking.
Old Town Campus
The Old Town Campus lies in the heart of the University quarter, playing host to iconic venues, such as the McEwan Hall and Playfair Library. They are complemented by the modern facilities of lecture spaces available out of term. Clustered around Bristo Square, George Square, and Old College, the Campus is ideal for conferences, AGMs and corporate kick off meetings for up to 1100 delegates, accommodating plenary sessions, breakout rooms as well as exhibition and catering areas. It is easily accessible by foot and a short walk from Waverley Train Station, and all the city attractions.
For residential conferences, you will find the University’s hotel accommodation located close by with KM Hotel & Apartments a 5-minute walk away, and The Scott and The Scholar hotels a 20-minute walk.