McEwan Hall

McEwan Hall is an iconic 19th century landmark in the heart of Edinburgh, perfect for a large conference or event.

Mcewan Hall

About McEwan Hall

NA Bristo Square, Edinburgh South EH8 9AL
01316512189
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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at McEwan Hall

Symphonic Ibiza

Symphonic Ibiza

30th December 2019
Featuring some of the most famous Ibiza club anthems from the last 30 years, celebrate the European island of clubbing in the magnificent surroundings of the historic McEwan Hall!
Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in Concert

Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in Concert

31st December 2019
Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s Big Band is ready to swing you into 2020 in the magnificent surroundings of the historic McEwan Hall.
First Footers Family Ceilidh - Sold Out

First Footers Family Ceilidh - Sold Out

1st January 2020
Gather your nearest and dearest to reel, jig, two-step and waltz those Hogmanay cobwebs away at our family-friendly, completely free event.
Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader

1st January 2020
Join Eddi Reader in the epic McEwan Hall for an evening of music spanning her prestigious career of pop, folk and jazz!

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