The Scottish National Gallery's Gardens Entrance is now open!

The redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery has reached another exciting milestone with the re-opening of the East Princes Street Gardens Entrance and refurbished Gallery shop.   

This entrance offers direct access from the terrace in East Princes Street Gardens into the new concourse, extended Gallery shop and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. It also leads to the Royal Scottish Academy exhibition spaces, toilets, lockers and information desk. 

The first visitors through the reopened Gardens Entrance were John and Olivia Daffurn, who were visiting Edinburgh from Lincolnshire. They received a book from the new Gallery Shop as a celebratory gift. 

Once construction of the new gallery spaces is completed in 2021, the Gardens entrance will become the main point of entry for the Scottish National Gallery, offering instant access to the Scottish collection as well as more convenient routes to the rest of the building as a whole.

As part of our redevelopment to create a new home for our unrivalled collection of Scottish art, we want to ensure that the galleries and the gardens are available for everyone. We created an accessible path to greatly help those with mobility impairments, prams or pushchairs travel more easily through the gardens.

Work is currently taking place to install a new lift at the south end of the Gallery, and once this opens, along with the new gallery space, the Scottish National Gallery will be transformed into a much more accessible space for all.

In the meantime, experience for yourself the seasonal Scottish food at the restaurant, browse in the shop for exclusive National Galleries of Scotland gifts, and view the extensive collection of art on display at the Scottish National Gallery.

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2 October 2019