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City Art Centre

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Interesting photo exhibition

I went to see the photo exhibition on the ground floor and I found it very interesting. I recommend... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2018
Seville, Spain
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Good free space

This is a free art centre in the heart of Edinburgh which features different exhibitions. The... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
David L
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Located in the heart of Edinburgh close to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre’s aim is to champion historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts. Artworks from our nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art are displayed...more
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2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 529 3993
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressed by the selection of art and exhibits. A must see is Edwin Lucas exhibition. This artist was never accepted by galleries yet now is highly regarded as one of the greats of his time who had no formal art background. His work completely...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I went to see the photo exhibition on the ground floor and I found it very interesting. I recommend the visit and it is great that is free!

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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This is a free art centre in the heart of Edinburgh which features different exhibitions. The quality will depend on the exhibitions at the time and your own personal taste. There are four spaces with lifts and escalators for access and a small but reasonable...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

In a City of many art galleries, this is one that we had not visited before so it was good to put that right. Our particular interest was the basement display of past and contemporary photographs. The early 19th century images were especially impressive ,...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 28 July 2018

I can't fathom why a big city contemporary art museum would close most of it's huge building during the height of the tourist season. We stopped by here thinking we'd see some contemporary Scottish artists, but the entire building was closed except the basement which...More

Thank Gruvkitty
Reviewed 11 July 2018

went to the city art centre today to see an exhibition but unfortunately, most of the halls were closed for installation of new exhibits the one that was open was interesting lots of old photos about the city.

Thank frank1e
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent resturant and good food. Staff were very welcoming as well. Not really been my experience in many other hotels and cafes. I enjoyed the dish of the day and the coffee. Close to the train station.

Thank OntotheFuture
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Here for the Edinburgh science festival which my children are enjoying. The toilets are disgusting and need a good clean!!!

Thank AHA2008
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a superb guided walk around an eclectic mix of art works, made up of lesser known works from the collections, which are not often on display. The conversation, debate and lively encouragement of the guide, Mr Ernie Rossi, made the whole thing such...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 14 December 2017

This is a good place for a quick visit or longer depending on the exhibits . This time they were not to our taste but worth a visit. Good access they have stairs a lift and escalators to all floors. There's a gift and coffee...More

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