Venue Hire Fringe 2020

A Space for Performance…

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre:

A Space for You

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre at 25 Palmerston Place is a listed building in a World Heritage Site. It is an impressive Victorian Townhouse which retains its original beauty. Its our pleasure to provide a beautiful, welcoming space for your event.
We are in a good Fringe location in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End. Less than 5 minutes walk from Haymarket Railway Station. Find us with ease, our stunning neighbour next door is St Mary’s Cathedral.
We want to provide the perfect space for you. We cater best to musical performances, 1-person shows and small theatrical troupes.
Please note that we are currently not an accessible venue and are unable to serve alcoholic drinks. However, some performers have served their own complementary beverages to audiences in the past.




Max Capacity

The Helen Duncan Room

Our largest room features an ornate Victorian fireplace and chandelier. The Helen Duncan is perfect for larger audiences.

 Layout Options

Theatre: Max 80 people

Cabaret: Max 50 people


£75 per hour

The Mary Duffy Room

Bright and intimate space.  Ideal for a smaller performance or talk. This room extends and opens out into the Helen Duncan room and both can be booked together.


Layout Options

Theatre: Max 20 people

Price Per Hour


The Sanctuary


An interesting space which normally hosts a Spiritualist church. With one stained glass windows and a raised platform, this space is ideal for talks, one man shows and musical performances.



Theatre: 60

Cabaret: 20



Price Per Hour



We also offer…

Free WiFi

Superfast Fibre Optic  Broadband with optional Wi-Fi boosters as standard


Parking on Palmerston Place is metered at £2.20 per hour for a maximum of 4 hours. There are 14 pay and display spaces.
Additional metered parking can be found in the surrounding streets.

Building Entry

The main entrance is to the front of the building, ground level access with 3 steps on entry.
Alternative entry can be made from the front of the building via the gate leading to a downward external staircase. Once on lower-ground level the building can be accessed via a fire door. This will take you to our lower-ground floor. All other levels will be accessible via a side staircase leading from the lower-ground up to 4th floor. 


Our tearoom is normally stocked with hot drinks, treats and healthy snacks. We also partner with local suppliers to offer full catering if needed.

To see our full menu click here


Standard switch controlled ceiling lighting in all rooms. Lamps can be provided on request. 


Please provide your own sound system

Dressing Rooms

Dressing room space is available on our first floor, and we can also offer toilet & shower facilities. 

Audio Visual

 Projector with inputs on HDMI and VGA


Standard twin socket outlets in all rooms – 13amp

Nearby Accomodation

For your guests, we’ve compiled a list of the best local accomodation.

Find out more here

Opening Hours

Our Fringe Spaces are available for the duration of the Fringe 2020 between 10am and 9pm

Cancellation Policy

 You must notify us of any cancellation in writing, such cancellation taking effect from the date the notice is received by us. We shall use all reasonable endeavours to mitigate loss by taking such steps as we, at our sole discretion deem appropriate, in order to rebook the available date (any success will be taken into account when calculating the cancellation fee due by you).

Terms and Conditions

All room hire bookings are subject to our Privacy Policy  and Room Hire Terms and Conditions. 

Please be advised we are not an accesible venue. 

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