Venue Hire

We offer the National Galleries of Scotland world-class venues for hire, all located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Edinburgh. The galleries house Scotland’s vast collection of art including masterpieces from Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Picasso to Warhol. When you hire our venues, you place your event within an outstanding cultural environment, as well as supporting the continuation of the vital National Galleries of Scotland art collection for the world.


Your event

The National Galleries of Scotland deliver bespoke event options, including curator’s talks, behind-the-scenes tours and theming around art exhibitions. This means that your guests will participate in a genuinely unique experience of the highest of standards, leaving a lasting impression, long after the event.

Our team are here to help you create your event

From the point of enquiry to the derig of your event, our dedicated team of events professionals will work with you directly to meet your requirements.

Get in touch with our team

Receptions and dinners

Meet with colleagues or friends to enjoy drinks and dine, in extraordinary surroundings, with catering by award-winning culinary experts located on site.

Venues: Modern One, Modern Two, National, Portrait
Capacity: Up to 500
Rates: Up to £3500

Choose a space


Business meetings, conferences and lectures

Inspire your delegates with a business event at Scotland’s national art venues, and enhance their experience with the most artistic incentives.

Venues: Modern Two, National, Portrait
Capacity: Up to 190
Rates: £350-£1650

Choose a space

Private parties

Hire our venue for your special private party with friends, family or associates, and ensure your retirement or momentous birthday is never forgotten.

Venues: Modern One, Modern Two, National, Portrait
Capacity: Up to 300
Rates: £250-£2500

Choose a space

Event experiences

Meet with our curators and expert conservators to create bespoke experiences including gallery tours or informative talks that are entirely unique to our venues.

Venues: National, Modern One, Modern Two, Portrait
Rates: Prices available on request

Get in touch [email protected]

Filming and photography locations

From fashion shoots to feature films, our venues offer a variety of scenes from gothic to contemporary with dramatic and factually intriguing backdrops.

Venues: National, Modern One, Modern Two, Portrait
Rates: Prices available on request

Get in touch [email protected]

Working with catering aficionados and art experts

When you hire your venue with us, we will help you to work with our events partners to produce your own unique event at National Galleries of Scotland.

Meet our partners

Our venues

Each of the spaces within our venues, have their own architectural and practical features, meaning that whether your event is a grand drinks reception or intimate dinner, a stylish conference or unique product launch, we can help you to create an event that is both stylish and accessible.

Modern One

This stylish neoclassical venue set in extensive parkland grounds, accommodates everything from smart private parties to large marquee receptions on the lawn.

Receptions and dinners | Up to 60
Private parties | Up to 60
Rates: From £500

Explore Modern One

Modern Two

This venue with its own intriguing history as a post-war orphanage prior to being an art gallery is suited to smaller meetings, receptions and dinners and for those seeking bespoke event experiences.

Receptions and dinners | Up to 60 (500 using Outside Space)
Business meetings, conferences and lectures | Up to 16
Private parties | Up to 60
Rates: £450-£950 (from £2000 for Outside Space)

Explore Modern Two


Located in Princes Street Gardens in the centre of the city, this grand neoclassical building designed by architect William Henry Playfair is our flagship venue for conferences, dinners and large receptions. 

Receptions | Up to 350
Dinners | Up to 180
Business meetings, conferences and lectures | Up to 190
Private parties | Up to 300
Rates: £800 to £3500+

Explore National


This stunning gothic landmark with its impressive Great Hall mural featuring the greatest names in Scotland's history, is an impressive venue for exclusive receptions, dinners, experiences and scene setting.

Receptions and dinners | Up to 150
Business meetings | Up to 18
Private Parties | Up to 100
Rates: Up to £2500

Explore Portrait

Frequently asked questions


Enquire about an event

We use a third-party provider to deliver our newsletters. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our newsletter. For more information, please see our privacy notice or contact [email protected].

Prove you're a human
To prove you are human, please answer our simple question.
Sign up to our venue hire newsletter

Sign up to our venue hire newsletter

Enter your email address to receive regular updates about venue hire opportunities (be sure to tick the venue hire option when prompted).

Get in touch

Please get in touch with our team, to talk through your event ideas, arrange a site visit and request rates and options for catering, styling and experiences.

+44 (0)131 624 6216 or +44 (0)131 624 6481

[email protected]



100% of all profits support the National Galleries of Scotland