We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

City Art Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
Review Highlights
Always a selection of exhibitions

Today two photographic and one of paintings. Always fewer viewers than the traditional galleries... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
via mobile
Interesting photo exhibition

I went to see the photo exhibition on the ground floor and I found it very interesting. I recommend... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Seville, Spain
via mobile
Read all 89 reviews
All photos (40)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
Located in the heart of Edinburgh close to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre’s aim is to champion historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts. Artworks from our nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art are displayed...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in New Year in Edinburgh
2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 3993
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Edinburgh
from US$12,90
More Info
from US$15,40
More Info
from US$16,70
More Info
from US$21,90
More Info
Reviews (89)
Filter reviews
83 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews waverley station extensive collection five floors free entry gift shop exhibition galleries escalator alphabet century debate admission peek photographs
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 83 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Today two photographic and one of paintings. Always fewer viewers than the traditional galleries. Spend a couple of hours and have coffee. Situated at the rear entrance to Waverley Station.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MrsPepperpot_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a new exhibition on TV news. We decided to visit the museum while on a trip to Edinburgh. The sixties photographs taken by Robert Blomfield were wonderful. Sad to think that many of the streets are not there anymore. If you go make...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Norma C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three floors, three exhibitions. We visited primarily to see the new exhibit of historic photos of Edinburgh from the 1950s and 1960s. Really outstanding. Helpful staff and great atmosphere.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mattontwowheels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Newly reopened after a refit, this is now a smart, accessible gallery with a good shop and a very pleasant semi- attached cafe. We just missed the opening of the Blomfield street photography exhibition but the Edwin Lucas exhibition was very interesting. The artist was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travelblag
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Very impressed by the selection of art and exhibits. A must see is Edwin Lucas exhibition. This artist was never accepted by galleries yet now is highly regarded as one of the greats of his time who had no formal art background. His work completely...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Olivia99413
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I went to see the photo exhibition on the ground floor and I found it very interesting. I recommend the visit and it is great that is free!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank marthar905
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This is a free art centre in the heart of Edinburgh which features different exhibitions. The quality will depend on the exhibitions at the time and your own personal taste. There are four spaces with lifts and escalators for access and a small but reasonable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dvdwlws
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

In a City of many art galleries, this is one that we had not visited before so it was good to put that right. Our particular interest was the basement display of past and contemporary photographs. The early 19th century images were especially impressive ,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 28 July 2018

I can't fathom why a big city contemporary art museum would close most of it's huge building during the height of the tourist season. We stopped by here thinking we'd see some contemporary Scottish artists, but the entire building was closed except the basement which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gruvkitty
Reviewed 11 July 2018

went to the city art centre today to see an exhibition but unfortunately, most of the halls were closed for installation of new exhibits the one that was open was interesting lots of old photos about the city.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank frank1e
View more reviews
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
Nearby HotelsSee all 152 nearby hotels
The Inn Place
469 reviews
.06 km away
The Scotsman Hotel
2 884 reviews
.07 km away
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
1 298 reviews
.11 km away
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal
2 643 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 2 804 nearby restaurants
La Locanda Italian Edinburgh
622 reviews
.07 km away
Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant
1 848 reviews
.06 km away
Krua Khun Mae Thai Restaurant
467 reviews
.06 km away
The Halfway House
342 reviews
.03 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1 286 nearby attractions
Edinburgh Old Town
14 225 reviews
.09 km away
Holyrood Abbey
1 041 reviews
.13 km away
North Bridge
98 reviews
.09 km away
Edinburgh Waverley Station
108 reviews
.08 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from City Art Centre staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines