Venue Hire | Portrait

The beautiful neo-gothic Portrait located in the city centre, is now increasingly in demand as one of Edinburgh’s most striking event venues. With its stained glass windows, ornate astrological ceiling, painted murals and decorative architectural features, the Portrait is a stunning backdrop for world-class events. Play host to your guests alongside notable artworks in the collection, depicting key famous Scots, from royals and rebels, to poets, heroes and villains.

Our Services

Our rates are exclusive of VAT and are for venue hire space only. We will work with you to build your event to include catering, audio-visual, event theming and experiences. This approach allows you to create a unique event for your guests with the help of our skilled events professionals.

Your venue hire fee includes:

  • Exclusive use of National Galleries of Scotland venue hire space
  • Hospitality & Events Officer to be your ‘in touch’ contact

Build your event with our events partners to add:

  • Catering and bar hire
  • Audio-visual special equipment
  • Event dressing or theming
  • Bespoke event experiences

Portrait | Great Hall and Ambulatory

With its stained glass windows, incredible astrological ceiling, painted murals and gothic architecture, this space at the Portrait provides a dramatic backdrop.

Capacity (Great Hall): Reception 120, Dinner 50
Capacity (Great Hall and Ambulatory):  Reception 150
Capacity (Ambulatory): Banquet 24
Rates: £1250-£2000
Availability: Evenings

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Portrait | Ramsay Room

This sumptious gallery space adjoining the Great Hall and Ambulatory, invites guests to dine whilst viewing paintings from the nation's art collection. Consider adding a drinks reception in the Great Hall prior to seating guests for dinner.

Capacity: Dinner 120
Rates: £2500
Availability: Evenings

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Portrait | Robertson Room

This spacious and accessible gallery space on the ground level of the Portrait, is very well situated in the centre of Edinburgh just off St Andrews Square. The AK Bell Room is adjacent to this space and could conveniently be used as a breakout or green room. The Robertson Room lends itself well to large drink receptions, talk events, dinners or larger scale workshops.

Capacity: Classroom 100, Dinner 100, Reception 100
Rates: £2000
Availability: Daytime and Evenings

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Portrait | Café

This vast space flanked by portraits of Scotland's contemporary icons is transformed from a cafe by day to an impressive setting for special night time events.

Capacity: Reception 80, Dinner 80
Rates: £1500
Availability: Evenings

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Portrait | A K Bell Room

This smart and accessible interior space for meetings, small seminars, presentations or away days is AV supported with a state of the art interactive white board system and full technical support included in your space hire.

Capacity: Theatre 30, Boardroom 18
Rates: £450
Availability: Daytime and evenings

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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]



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