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Affordable Room Hire in Edinburgh at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Affordable Room Hire in Edinburgh:

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 convenient location for you and your guests 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. Our rooms are suitable for most occasions. From board meetings to book launches. From blowout parties to intimate 1-2-1 therapy sessions. From yoga class to crystal workshops. If you are looking for room hire in Edinburgh, we’ve got you covered.
Rooms are available on an hourly, half-day or full-day basis. A half-day is for 4 hours, a full-day is for 8 hours.
We also have fantastic catering options on offer to suit every taste and budget. Find out more here.
Please note we are currently operating on reduced opening hours by appointment only. This will change as COVID restrictions ease.
COVID-19 Policy
We adhere to a COVID-19 policy that has been put in place in alignment with current government guidelines. Please be prepared to enter the building no earlier than 10 minutes before your booking and leave no later than 10 minutes after. We will send you the most up-to-date copy of our policy when you make an enquiry with us.


The Helen Duncan Room

Our largest room features an ornate Victorian fireplace and chandelier. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of St Mary’s Cathedral. Your guests will love how attractive and well-lit this space is. The Helen Duncan hosts large workshops, catered events and classes. It is a fresh and vibrant space for any event.

Layout Options

Boardroom: Max 35 people

Theatre: Max 80 people

Cabaret: Max 30 people


£45 per hour

All Prices

Full Day: £330

Half Day: £170

The Mary Duffy Room

Bright and intimate space overlooking the gardens of St Mary’s cathedral.  Ideal for a small class, workshop, business meeting or talk. This room extends and opens out into the Helen Duncan room and both can be booked together.

Layout Options

Boardroom: Max 15 people

Theatre: Max 20 people



£40 per hour

All Prices

Full Day: £290

Half Day: £130

The Sanctuary

With stained glass windows and original features from 1800, The Sanctuary is a special space. Its high capacity, raised platform and pulpit make it an ideal seminar space. Currently home to a church and our Tuesday Talks programme, this space is the perfect place to host your next event. This room has also hosted company board meetings, Tai-Chi classes and even a wedding ceremony.

Layout Options

Boardroom: Max 25 people

Theatre: Max 60 people

Cabaret: Max 20 people


£35 per hour

All Prices

Full Day: £210

Half Day: £110

Therapy Rooms

An intimate space for private consultations. Our therapy rooms are capable of hosting counselling and physical therapy. Equipped with comfortable chairs, massage chairs and plinths as requested. We currently host counsellors, acupuncturists, reflexologists, hypnotherapists and more. We’d love to host you too.


These rooms are availbe for 1-2-1 appointments only. To book our therapy rooms, we are required to see your public liability insurance, qualifications and a completed version of this form.


£12 per hour


We also offer…

Free WiFi

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

25% Discount

We offer a 25% discount* for charities, social enterprises and community classes.


*Not applicable at weekends.

Meeting Essentials

Seating, tables, flipcharts, branded pens and stands come with the space. We also have projector and screens for hire for £10.




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


We offer highly competitive options to get the word out about your event. Our marketing team can handle everything from your flyer designs to social media campaign.

Email our Marketing Team

Nearby Accommodation

As we are situated in the City Centre, there are several hotels and BnB’s nearby.

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm

Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Want a space for the weekend?

We offer weekend hire for an additional 15% cost. A minimum of 4 hours booking is required for weekend hire.

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).

Cancellation Summary
Cancellation up to 8 weeks before event50% Deposit Returned
Cancellation between 8 and 6 weeks before event50% of Total Fee Returned
Cancellation between 6 weeks and 11 days25% of Total Fee Returned
Cancellation at 11 days or under

No Fee Returned

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 accessible venue. This is due to the age of our building. 

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