An iconic 19th century landmark in the heart of Edinburgh. We are proud to present the beautifully refurbished McEwan Hall - perfect for a large conference or event.

Seating up to 1,700 delegates in its tiered auditorium, the McEwan Hall is Edinburgh First's largest conference venue. Our other venues nearby - including Appleton Tower and David Hume Tower (DHT), located less than five minutes' walk away – can increase delegate numbers further by utilising their lecture theatres, breakout and catering spaces.

McEwan Hall boasts a Main Hall and full basement access, where there are six seminar rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and accessible facilities.

Venue Information
Venue Information

The McEwan Hall was presented to the University in 1897 by William McEwan, not only as a ceremonial hall for graduations but also as a gift to the people of Edinburgh. This iconic Grade A listed building was designed by Sir Rowand Anderson, with lavish interiors by William Palin. The building was actually completed in 1894 but took another three years to complete the interior designs, the centrepiece being the 15 beautifully painted mural panels that make up the vast dome. 

The hall was reopened in 2017 following a painstaking 3-year, multi-million pound refurbishment. This was meant to not only 'refresh' it's beautifully intricate painting and stonework; but also to expand the function of the hall to meet the modern ceremonial and commercial demands of the University of Edinburgh.

New spaces were created for conferences, exhibitions, events and education - particular highlights being access to the upper gallery to increase seating capacity and a new expansive basement space that can hold up to 578 people.

Suitable for...
  • Conferences
  • Residential conferences
  • Annual general meetings
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Launches
  • Concerts
At a glance
  • Former civic hall
  • Hall can seat 1,700
  • A tiered auditorium
  • Six seminar rooms
  • David Hume Tower (DHT) and Appleton Tower nearby
  • Provides breakout space
  • Free wifi
  • State-of-the-art audio visual facilities
Venue address

George Square area
Bristo Square
Edinburgh

Room Capacities
Main Hall: Ground Floor
Theatre
728
Classroom
108
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
250
Cabaret
144
Dinner
180
Main Hall: First Tier
Theatre
571
Classroom
-
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
-
Cabaret
-
Dinner
-
Main Hall: Second Tier
Theatre
476
Classroom
-
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
-
Cabaret
-
Dinner
-
Foyer 1
Theatre
50
Classroom
16
Boardroom
16
U-Shaped
-
Reception
50
Cabaret
32
Dinner
40
Foyer 2
Theatre
87
Classroom
22
Boardroom
24
U-Shaped
-
Reception
80
Cabaret
40
Dinner
60
Foyer 3
Theatre
87
Classroom
22
Boardroom
24
U-Shaped
-
Reception
80
Cabaret
40
Dinner
60
Foyer 4
Theatre
122
Classroom
36
Boardroom
28
U-Shaped
-
Reception
120
Cabaret
56
Dinner
80
Foyer 5
Theatre
87
Classroom
22
Boardroom
12
U-Shaped
-
Reception
80
Cabaret
32
Dinner
50
Robing
Theatre
122
Classroom
43
Boardroom
-
U-Shaped
-
Reception
150
Cabaret
-
Dinner
70
Full hire basement
Theatre
578
Classroom
141
Boardroom
104
U-Shaped
-
Reception
560
Cabaret
200
Dinner
360
Technical Info
Main Hall: Ground Floor
Room Size sqm
226
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
Yes
Blackout Possible
Yes
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Main Hall: First Tier
Room Size sqm
-
Ceiling Height
-
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
-
Power
-
Disabled Access
-
Induction Loop
-
Main Hall: Second Tier
Room Size sqm
-
Ceiling Height
-
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
-
Power
-
Disabled Access
-
Induction Loop
-
Foyer 1
Room Size sqm
66
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Foyer 2
Room Size sqm
99
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Foyer 3
Room Size sqm
99
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Foyer 4
Room Size sqm
131
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Foyer 5
Room Size sqm
98
Ceiling Height
2.5m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Robing
Room Size sqm
157
Ceiling Height
2.6m
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
Yes
Power
Yes
Disabled Access
Yes
Induction Loop
Yes
Full hire basement
Room Size sqm
-
Ceiling Height
-
Stage Area
-
Blackout Possible
-
Wifi
-
Power
-
Disabled Access
-
Induction Loop
-
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