Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This beautiful neo-gothic gallery reopened in December 2011 after an extensive refurbishment and is now one of the newest venues for events in Edinburgh. With its stained glass windows, incredible astrological ceiling, painted murals and gothic architecture, the Portrait Gallery displays key famous Scots from royals and rebels to poets and film stars, heroes and villains.

Spaces available

    • Receptions up to 250
    • Dinner up to 50

    Great Hall and Ambulatory

    The rich and atmospheric Great Hall with its beautiful stained glass windows and astrological ceiling is a unique space for events. This beautifully lit space provides a dramatic backdrop for evening cocktail receptions and private views. Guests can view the exquisite painted frieze which charts key Scots in history and the intricately painted murals around the balcony. Both the Great Hall and Balcony are suitable for drinks and/or dinners.

    • Dinner up to 120

    Ramsay Room

    The Ramsay Room is the principal space for dinners in the gallery and can accommodate 120 seated at round tables, amidst Scotland’s key figures. Used in conjunction with the Great Hall, guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks whilst viewing the some of the gallery’s art collection, before taking their seats for dinner in the sumptuous Ramsay Room, surrounded by the gallery’s 18th Century masterpieces.

    • Conference up to 40
    • Lunch up to 20

    AK Bell Seminar Room

    The smart and stylish AK Bell seminar room is a new location for meetings, small seminars, presentations or away days. With seating for 40 theatre style and AV equipment such as a state-of-the-art interactive white board system and full technical support, the AK Bell is an adaptable space right in the heart of Edinburgh. A unique alternative to the usual meeting space and perfectly located on the ground floor of the beautifully restored and refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Other spaces are available, as per the table below. Please contact us for further information.

Capacities at a glance

Spaces Reception Dinner Conference Lunch
Great Hall and Ambulatory 250 50 - -
Ramsay Room - 120 - -
AK Bell Seminar Room - - 40 20
Ambulatory 70 32 - -
Cafe Portrait (Evening) - 100 - -
The Snug (Evening) - 20 - -