Perfect city centre location

Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town and five minutes walk from Waverley Train Station, this is a great location to host your meeting, conference or training. Travelling to the venue couldn’t be easier, you’ll find all the directions you need below.

Public transport

5 minutes walk from
Waverley Train Station

 

  • Leave Waverley Station (Market Street Exit) by the steps to Market Street (or by the main pedestrian exit to Waverley Bridge, turning left then left again into Market Street). Continue along Market Street, going under the large decorated bridge.
  • After the bridge, bear right into Jeffrey Street, up the hill past Jury’s Hotel to the junction (traffic lights) with the High Street.
  • When standing on the High Street (Royal Mile) Cross the road into St Mary’s Street (continuation of Jeffrey Street) and the training centre is down the hill on the left (the opposite side of the road to the Travelodge)
  • If you have reached the Travelodge you have gone too far as we are situated between Slanji and the Present Shop, opposite Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers.

Go to walking map from station

Arriving by air - Edinburgh Airport

Outside the main airport terminal you will find:

  • A rank for airport taxis,
  • An airport bus stop, which drops you off at Waverley Bridge, right opposite the main entrance to Waverley Train Station,
  • A tram stop, which brings you into the centre of town, just a short walk to the Venue.

Arriving by tram

 

If you are taking the tram from any stop in Edinburgh or the Airport, please ensure you buy your ticket before boarding the tram, or you will be fined £10. There are two stops near the Venue:

  • St Andrew Square: Head down the hill towards Princes Street, where you will see Waverley Train Station and can follow the walking directions from there.
  • Princes Street: Walk past the National Gallery, which is across the road, towards Waverley Train Station, from where you can follow the walking directions.

Arriving by taxi

 

You can pick up a black taxi by visiting one of the many ranks located in Edinburgh, hail one in the street or order one by phone.

We would advise you to give clear instructions to the taxi driver and specify that the venue is situated on St Mary’s Street. That way, you won’t run the risk of ending up at one of the other conferencing venues in Edinburgh (as has unfortunately happened to some of our previous delegates).

Central Taxis: 0131 229 2468

Our address is in Central Taxi‘s booking database. By choosing them, you can be sure you will be heading straight here. If you require a pick up from the Venue, we are always happy to book one for you, just pop into reception.

Parking

If you are arriving by car, there are three multi-storey car parks just a few minutes walk from Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.
We have a concessionary rate at the St John’s Hill, EH8 9UL, NCP car park.
To get your 10% discount you just need to get your parking ticket validated by our receptionist.

SatNav: EH1 1SU

Great accommodation within walking distance

We realise that not all of you will be from in and around Edinburgh, so to make your trip as easy and as enjoyable as possible we have negotiated special rates with these local accommodation providers.

On top of being just walking distance from here, every hotel is within walking distance of Edinburgh’s main transport links, attractions and shopping. All of them have been recommended by clients and they all enjoy free WiFi.

We hope we have included something that caters for everybody’s tastes and budget. If you’re looking for something a bit different or special, however, just give us a call and we’ll advise on some of Edinburgh’s hidden gems.

 

  • Rates from £69
  • 208 guest bedrooms
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • 24 hour bar service
  • One Lounge

 

 

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal has won City Budget Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2017 and offers high standards of service for budget conscious guests, based on the concept “great design for little money”.

The hotel opened in 2013 on the bustling Market Street and is a conversion of the original 16th and 18th Century properties which once stood in its place. Great care has gone into conserving as much of the historic walls as possible.

 

  • Rates from £69
  • 208 guest bedrooms
  • Flat Screen TV’s
  • 24 hour bar service
  • One Lounge

 

  • Rates from £89
  • 186 Bedrooms
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Costa Coffee bar on-site
  • 24 hour room service

 

 

Jurys Inn Edinburgh is located on Jeffrey Street in the city’s Old Town, just off the famous Royal Mile. There is an on-site bar, an in-house restaurant offering a seasonal menu as well as a Costa Coffee bar, where you can recharge your batteries.

Jurys Inn have offered our clients a preferred nightly rate of £89.00 room and breakfast, Sunday to Thursday inclusive (£100 Supplement applies in August).

To book call Georgia Jackson on 0131 200 3300 quoting "EDINBURGH TRAINING" or click below to email her.

 

  • Rates from £89
  • 186 Bedrooms
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Costa Coffee bar on-site
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% off best available rate
  • 25% discount in bar and restaurants
  • 169 Rooms
  • Pool & Gym
  • 24 hour room service

 

 

In the historic Grassmarket, this contemporary hotel has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence again in 2017. They are committed to friendly, personalised service and dedication to providing the best stay for each guest.

In a stylish, glass-fronted restaurant with stunning Castle views, Edinburgh Chef Tony Singh brings you a mash-up of fusion food to share, showing off the very best of Scottish and British produce. There are some great home-from-home dishes as well as some delicious gourmet options.

Bookings include free cancellation up to 2pm on your arrival day, plus exclusive benefits including a £10 voucher to spend during your stay.

 

  • 10% off best available rate
  • 25% discount in bar and restaurants
  • 169 Rooms
  • Pool & Gym
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 78 bedrooms
  • English and Continental Breakfast included
  • Bar for drinks and nibbles
  • Vending machine for snacks

 

 

A modern hotel on the Cowgate, the Holiday Inn is just steps from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town. They offer great customer service and the front office team have a wealth of local knowledge about Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

The hotel gets good reviews on TripAdvisor, with every room offering air conditioning and power showers. Breakfast is included in the rate too with selected hot items, so you enjoy the most important meal of the day before stepping out.

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 78 bedrooms
  • English and Continental Breakfast included
  • Bar for drinks and nibbles
  • Vending machine for snacks

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 136 Rooms
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Gym & Spa
  • 24 hour room service

 

 


G&V Royal Mile Hotel is a stunning, contemporary landmark, boasting the warmest of welcomes. It is the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile and every room enjoys striking views over the ancient capital.
The award-winning restaurant Cucina showcases gourmet Italian fare, while Bar G&V offers a morning latte through to a late night G&V G&T. You can also escape for a pamper, polish and perfect in the spa or train for a challenge in the gym.

G&V have offered our clients a further 10% discount off the Best Available Rate of the day.

 

  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • 136 Rooms
  • Nespresso Machine
  • Gym & Spa
  • 24 hour room service

 

  • 10% Discount off Best Available Rate
  • 238 Rooms
  • Garden terrace
  • Melrose Spa & Health Club
  • 24 hour room service

 

On the Royal Mile, the Radisson Blu offers dazzling views of Edinburgh. Enjoy a meal with expertly prepared Scottish produce at Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen, and don’t miss an after-dinner drink or nightcap from Itchycoo’s extensive and creative drinks menu.

Run by an award-winning chain of Scottish salons and spas, the Melrose Spa offers an alluring menu of pampering services. Book a hot stone massage, nail service, waxing or brightening facial. You can also rejuvenate in the sauna and take a dip in the pool.

Radisson Blu have offered our clients a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate of the day.

 

  • 10% Discount off Best Available Rate
  • 238 Rooms
  • Garden terrace
  • Melrose Spa & Health Club
  • 24 hour room service

150 Years of 16 St Mary’s Street

Part of Edinburgh’s Old Town, our building has an incredibly packed history and has been used for a wide variety of activities. Amongst other things, the size and location helped its use as a school, a cinema and even a Fringe venue (St Mary’s Hall) where you may have seen The Cambridge Footlights performing.

St Mary’s Wynd...
St. Mary's Street dates back to the late 1860s when the former St Mary's Wynd, part of the worst slum in Europe, was demolished as a result of the 1867 Edinburgh Improvement Act.

The architects, Cousin and Lessels, designed the Scottish baronial style buildings on our side of the street, some of them intended for workers and artisans - not for the residents who had previously lived in the area, who were too poor to afford the rents!

Architects original coloured drawing of St. Mary’s Street after the demolition of St. Mary’s Wynd. Top right: Original 16th century lintel mentioned below. Bottom left: St. Mary’s Street circa 1950. Bottom centre: Illustration of 16 St. Mary’s Street. Bottom right: St. Mary’s Street circa 1970.

The coming of Hibs ...

St Mary's Hall was incorporated into these buildings from numbers 16 - 28, and in remembrance of the original wynd, the architects incorporated an original 16th century lintel into its design for the 'Catholic Institute' that it was home to at various times, including The Young Men's Catholic Society and St Patrick's School.

In fact the Catholic Young Men's Society formed Hibs football club right here in 1875 as one way of integrating the Irish population into that of the Scottish.

Current Hibs logo. Top right: Probably the first shot taken of the side in 1876. Bottom left: Circa 1887 when Hibs became the first side from the East of Scotland to win the coveted Scottish Cup Trophy. Bottom right: Circa 1879 with the Edinburgh Association Cup won in 1879 and the Reserve Cup won in 1878.

The coming of Hibs ...

St Mary's Hall was incorporated into these buildings from numbers 16 - 28, and in remembrance of the original wynd, the architects incorporated an original 16th century lintel into its design for the 'Catholic Institute' that it was home to at various times, including The Young Men's Catholic Society and St Patrick's School.

In fact the Catholic Young Men's Society formed Hibs football club right here in 1875 as one way of integrating the Irish population into that of the Scottish.

Current Hibs logo. Top right: Probably the first shot taken of the side in 1876. Bottom left: Circa 1887 when Hibs became the first side from the East of Scotland to win the coveted Scottish Cup Trophy. Bottom right: Circa 1879 with the Edinburgh Association Cup won in 1879 and the Reserve Cup won in 1878.

The coming of Film ...

From 1914 it became one of Edinburgh's early cinemas. The Star Picture House was known locally as the 'Starry'. No doubt many locals laughed and cried watching Charlie Chaplin's 'little tramp' before its doors closed as a picture house, in the mid-1920s.

And then the Fringe!

In the 1970's this building became a venue for the Fringe Festival, hosting many famous names over the years, including several members of Cambridge University's Footlights Dramatic Club. Griff Rhys Jones performed here in 1977 for the Footlights Revue show, followed by Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in 1979 for "Brown Rice with Everything".

Hugh Grant also performed here, as well as The Proclaimers and the Inbetweeners ... all as part of the Fringe Festival.

So next time you're in the building, take a moment to consider the history that surrounds you, and let us know if you'd like to put on a performance while you're here!

A young Edward Woodward of The Equaliser fame, in The Queen and the Welshman at St. Mary’s Hall with the London Club Theatre Group in 1957. Right: An equally young Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet in the Cambridge Footlights Review at St. Mary’s Hall in 1977.

And then the Fringe!

In the 1970's this building became a venue for the Fringe Festival, hosting many famous names over the years, including several members of Cambridge University's Footlights Dramatic Club. Griff Rhys Jones performed here in 1977 for the Footlights Revue show, followed by Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in 1979 for "Brown Rice with Everything".

Hugh Grant also performed here, as well as The Proclaimers and the Inbetweeners ... all as part of the Fringe Festival.

So next time you're in the building, take a moment to consider the history that surrounds you, and let us know if you'd like to put on a performance while you're here!

A young Edward Woodward of The Equaliser fame, in The Queen and the Welshman at St. Mary’s Hall with the London Club Theatre Group in 1957. Right: An equally young Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet in the Cambridge Footlights Review at St. Mary’s Hall in 1977.

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