Built in the eighteenth century, William Playfair's impressive Edinburgh landmark is the birthplace of the University of Edinburgh.

The Old College quadrangle houses the stunning Playfair Library Hall, in which you can host up to 250 delegates theatre-style, 220 dinner guests or a reception for 450 people. The lower floor of Old College contains four additional meeting rooms, making the venue suitable for meetings, large presentations, conferences and exclusive dinners.

Also in the Old College quadrangle is the Talbot Rice Gallery. Contemporary exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Talbot Rice White Gallery, providing the ideal entertainment for guests following a dinner or drinks reception held in the grand Georgian Gallery.

Venue Information
Day delegate and

Main Room Hire
Arrival tea/coffee with pastries
Mid morning tea/coffee biscuits
3 x course lunch

24hr rates available

Afternoon tea/coffee tartlets
Data Projector Screen
Free Wifi (based on minimum numbers)
Choose from our range of accommodation options

Room Capacities
Playfair Library Hall
Theatre
250
Classroom
100
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
450
Cabaret
160
Dinner
220
Raeburn
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
24
U-Shaped
-
Reception
40
Cabaret
-
Dinner
24
Carstares
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
10
U-Shaped
-
Reception
20
Cabaret
8
Dinner
12
Elder
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
16
U-Shaped
-
Reception
10
Cabaret
12
Dinner
16
Lee
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
8
U-Shaped
-
Reception
10
Cabaret
6
Dinner
8
Talbot Rice White Gallery
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
150
Cabaret
-
Dinner
-
Talbot Rice Georgian Gallery
Theatre
-
Classroom
-
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
150
Cabaret
40
Dinner
50
Technical Info
Playfair Library Hall
Room Size sqm
332.3
Ceiling Height
12.13
Stage Area
12 x 8 ft
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
yes
Power
102 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Raeburn
Room Size sqm
76.5
Ceiling Height
5.32
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
yes
Power
22 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Carstares
Room Size sqm
76.5
Ceiling Height
5.32
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
yes
Power
8 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Elder
Room Size sqm
48.7
Ceiling Height
5.59
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
yes
Power
13 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Lee
Room Size sqm
29.1
Ceiling Height
5.51
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
yes
Power
8 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Talbot Rice White Gallery
Room Size sqm
-
Ceiling Height
8.16
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
-
Power
32 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
Talbot Rice Georgian Gallery
Room Size sqm
-
Ceiling Height
8.27
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
yes
Wifi
-
Power
4 sockets
Disabled Access
yes
Induction Loop
-
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