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AccessEA was created by Edinburgh Academy to make our facilities and spaces accessible to everyone. The Edinburgh Academy has been a celebrated seat of learning since it was founded in 1824. The buildings and playing fields that make up our School sites are well-known city landmarks but - importantly - they are also part of the local landscape and the community here. 

Playing our part in the community is vitally important so AccessEA is both a new chapter in the life of the School and a way of opening up and sharing our two unique sites in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. Our Henderson Row and Arboretum Road sites offer a superb choice of traditional and contemporary venues for events and celebrations of all kinds, and we are proud to offer access to our state-of-the art sporting facilities and exciting learning opportunities with everyone who chooses to use them.

Want to AccessEA venue for a business event or family celebration? Visit Venue Hire.
Want to AccessEA holiday camp or educational course? Visit Holiday Camps.
Want to AccessEA sports facilities or hire a court? Visit Sports Hub.

Holiday Camps 2024

Venue Hire

350 Max Capacity

The Main Hall

Our flagship event space, built in 1823. An oval plan hall with high ceilings studded with gold rosettes, clerestory lantern windows and a mahogany encased organ centre stage, this is ideal for grand dinners, lavish weddings and elaborate award events. 

300 Max Capacity

The Dining Hall

The Dining Hall, built in the early 1900s, is a large open space lit by high windows and bound by a raised stage at one end. Its finishing kitchen makes it particularly suitable for any catered events, from lavish dinner occasions to wedding receptions.

150 Max Capacity

James Clerk Maxwell Science Centre

A contemporary sandstone, glass and zinc building with a double-height foyer. Pale walls, lofty dimensions and a wall-length aquarium make this a cool, light-filled, welcoming space ideal for drinks receptions and evening gatherings.

150 Max Capacity

Magnusson Centre

A modern, purpose-built performing space with fully retractable seating, the Magnusson Centre also echos period features from the rest of the site, with high ceilings and window-lined walls flooding the space with light.

750 Max Capacity

Henderson Row Grounds

The Henderson Row site benefits from three unique outdoor spaces. We have two secret gardens tucked behind the Main Hall and a former parade ground at the very front of the site.

1,500 Max Capacity

New Field

New Field sits between our Playing Fields and the Botanic Gardens and offers uninterrupted views of Edinburgh Castle. Its location and the exceptionally high standard of care taken in its maintenance make it an atmospheric and spectacular setting for any event.

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