Under its copper-green dome and behind its distinctive facades on the intersection of Hanover Street and George Street, lies the hidden gem of the Royal Society of Edinburgh — Scotland’s National Academy.

We offer a choice of resplendent rooms with an ambience to spark the imagination. Spaces where past luminaries like Sir Walter Scott and James Clerk Maxwell have trod, as well as contemporary laureates as diverse as Val McDermid and Peter Higgs.

Meet where fine minds meet.

Clink glasses at the font of knowledge.

Tread where luminaries have trod, and still tread.

Our rooms

With balcony views looking out over Edinburgh’s historical skyline, this airy and classic room is filled with natural light. 
This grand gallery-style room boasts high ceilings and an impressive entryway. Lined with several historical paintings and busts, this elegant room is flexible and neutral, suitable for lectures, workshops, training and networking events.
Once the Society’s library, our converted bright, air-conditioned lecture theatre creates the perfect atmosphere for learning.
A regal room with a warm palette and velvet wallpaper, the Kelvin room makes for an impressive meeting space or a sophisticated setting for an intimate sit-down dinner in the colder months.
This timeless and multifunctional room offers an elegant historical backdrop suitable for a board meeting, a sophisticated dinner, or a canape reception.
A contemporary hall with a glass apex ceiling and wooden floorboards, this is a bright and energising space that provides contrast to some of the RSE’s classic architecture.
This large and neutral space has been designed to accommodate a range of functions, making it an ideal choice for activities requiring focus and floor space, from training courses and film screenings to examinations and exhibitions.
Step into this charming haven of knowledge and immerse yourself in the rich history and intellectual heritage of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
This contemporary and large space is designed to be flexible and functional, providing a neutral canvas for you to dress according to your event needs.
On the ground floor, directly off the grand entrance hall, the James Clerk Maxell Room provides a calm space, ideal for meetings, interviews, or seminars.
With its high ceiling and large window looking onto George Street, this bright and airy space creates an energising environment ideal for a productive seminar, workshop, or intimate meeting setting.

frequently asked questions

View our full FAQs and visitor information on our Information page.


We are located in the city centre, just a five-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverly train station and with easy access to many of the city’s transport links. We have agreements in place with many central hotels close to our venue, see the full list on our Information page


It is the responsibility of event organisers and chairpersons of meetings to alert us of any access needs and ensure that the needs of visitors with a disability are met. We have the following facilities available for visitors with access needs:

  • Ramped access for wheelchair users, accessible all day and on the night of events.
  • Rails are available on both sides of the main entrance’s staircase (5 steps).
  • The main passenger lift accommodates a powered wheelchair which will enable access to most rooms in the venue. Visitors using smaller wheelchairs can also gain access to the Kelvin and Wellcome West rooms via the smaller lift.
  • Our own wheelchair which delegates can use when appropriate (i.e. in the case that a person’s wheelchair is too wide we can offer the choice to be transferred to the RSE wheelchair).
  • A unisex disabled toilet is available on the Ground Floor, beside the main lift.
  • There is no disabled parking space available on George Street, but taxis and cars may pull and park for a short period of time in front of the entrance of the building.
  • Guide dogs are welcome throughout the building.
  • Seats are normally not allocated but if you attend an event in the Lecture Theatre and wish to sit at the aisle, please contact us for provisions to be made.
  • An Induction loop is fitted in the Lecture theatre and Reception. Please remember to use the “T” switch on hearing aids.
  • We will take all reasonable steps to provide additional facilities and help if required. When required, please contact RSE staff through RSE Reception.

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