Usher Hall
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years in 2014
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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  • Mary M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this walk!
    Usher Hall Walking Tour by the Usher family is well worth the time. Douglas is knowledgeable, entertaining and has a gift for story telling making history come to life. Our small group tour guide, extraordinaire, Douglas, enraptured us with his stories and historical knowledge and left us wanting for much more. He touched on topics of architectural periods and styles to the contemporary use of old world places which influenced the settings for the Harry Potter books. Douglas is animated as he succinctly shares stories of the macabre and Edinburghs spiritual history. He even shared Scottish etymologies providing a well rounded tour. We’d rebook a tour with him in a heartbeat!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • jeff c
    Liverpool, United Kingdom145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Young Fathers hometown show!
    We came to Edinburgh especially to see Young Fathers, seeing as it was the final date on their current tour, and a hometown gig. The venue is stunning, such a beautiful old theatre, and we were sat upstairs in the Grand Circle. We had a great view, and the sound was fabulous. The staff at the hall were all very friendly and helpful, and Young Fathers played an incredible set. All in all it was a terrific evening!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Liked_it_or_not
    53 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mediocre experience
    I sat at the back of the Grand Circle and feel that the leg room was too limited. I also found the atmosphere quite stuffy. Certainly, in the Grand Circle, there is a need for improved ventilation and a less crammed seating arrangement, not least as this area is recommended as the best choice and therefore is advertised with higher seating charges. The acoustics are good.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Amanda Barnes
    St. Andrews, United Kingdom105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Night out.
    What a beautiful venue. Went for the first time for The Stranglers concert. Acoustics were great the band sounded amazing. We bought our tickets through ticket master. ( Be warned they don't know the venue!!) We were sitting in the gods, but the view was grand. Seats were comfortable enough but not much knee room. The venue was very clean and well maintained. There was a lift up to the upper circle but depending where your seats are you may have stairs to climb. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The toilets were very clean and modern. Bars on all levels too. Perfect!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Netty
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time visit
    Despite being avid concert goers this is the first time at the usher hall. The venue is stunning. What made it extra special was when I needed help a couple of times, I was fortunate enough to meet John. He clearly makes customer service a priority Matter of fact, tells you how it is but all with your needs in mind. Every theatre should have a John!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
  • fraziel
    Glasgow, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Concert venue in Scotland
    Been here twice recently to see 2 different bands, first time standing, last time sitting in the circle. Both times absolutely fantastic experience. Beautiful building in a lovely area with great pubs and restaurants nearby as well as close to train station to get back to Glasgow. Venue itself is modern, clean and fit for the 21st century, unlike one in Glasgow I could mention. Multiple bars and toilets on every level, good choice of drinks, if a little pricey. Atmosphere inside amazing and great views either standing or seated. Been to many concerts over many years in several cities and this is hands down the best venue I have been in. Great overall experience and friendly security too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Xtina0325
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Billy Joel Songbook Concert
    Excellent venue for a concert, that is spacious with great acoustics and good transport links.Friendly staff with accessible amenities and plenty of nice restaurants close by for a pre concert meal Billy Joel Songbook concert was superb with first class musicians. We left in high spirits singing and dancing all the way home. Would highly recommend the venue and the musicians. First class entertainment
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 April 2024
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Tracy W
29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Upper circle seats are shocking!! Unless you’re under 5ft 6” you’re in for an uncomfortable time. At 6ft2” I sure was. Cramped into the smallest space like sardines. There was no cushion on the chairs and for some reason there are arm rests that don’t move. So good luck if you have hips or are a bigger/plus size person, feel as though my hips are now bruised. Would definitely not rush back to this venue.
Written 27 April 2024
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Xtina0325
North Yorkshire, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Excellent venue for a concert, that is spacious with great acoustics and good transport links.Friendly staff with accessible amenities and plenty of nice restaurants close by for a pre concert meal
Billy Joel Songbook concert was superb with first class musicians. We left in high spirits singing and dancing all the way home. Would highly recommend the venue and the musicians. First class entertainment
Written 8 April 2024
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fraziel
Glasgow, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Been here twice recently to see 2 different bands, first time standing, last time sitting in the circle. Both times absolutely fantastic experience. Beautiful building in a lovely area with great pubs and restaurants nearby as well as close to train station to get back to Glasgow. Venue itself is modern, clean and fit for the 21st century, unlike one in Glasgow I could mention. Multiple bars and toilets on every level, good choice of drinks, if a little pricey. Atmosphere inside amazing and great views either standing or seated. Been to many concerts over many years in several cities and this is hands down the best venue I have been in. Great overall experience and friendly security too.
Written 7 April 2024
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Netty
Kilmarnock, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Despite being avid concert goers this is the first time at the usher hall. The venue is stunning.
What made it extra special was when I needed help a couple of times, I was fortunate enough to meet John. He clearly makes customer service a priority
Matter of fact, tells you how it is but all with your needs in mind. Every theatre should have a John!
Written 6 April 2024
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Jim P
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I have just picked up my eldest Son (31) from the Train Station 25 minutes after being refused admission for the Underworld concert. His Younger Brother and friend went in without issue. The doorman claimed he was too drunk. I have just picked him up and he is nowhere near in the slightest drunk, although he has had a couple of drinks. Do these arrogant doorman just pick a few people at random to prove they are needed and retain their employment. The ticket for tonight was a Christmas gift from his Brother to see a band he has been waiting years to see. To say they are extremely disappointed and angry at the arrogant and unfair attitude of the doorman goes without saying.
Written 4 April 2024
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Amanda Barnes
St. Andrews, UK105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful venue. Went for the first time for The Stranglers concert. Acoustics were great the band sounded amazing. We bought our tickets through ticket master. ( Be warned they don't know the venue!!) We were sitting in the gods, but the view was grand. Seats were comfortable enough but not much knee room. The venue was very clean and well maintained. There was a lift up to the upper circle but depending where your seats are you may have stairs to climb. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The toilets were very clean and modern. Bars on all levels too. Perfect!!
Written 10 March 2024
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Allister M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Venue great, Concert great (ELO again) utterly spoilt by dozens of drunken chavs who couldn’t give a toss about the concert. All they were interested in was getting their next drink from the bar which stayed open the whole time. If you want to enjoy the music don’t bother with the Usher hall. The staff were polite but no help when trying to sort the drunks out.

Avoid!
Written 17 February 2024
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Liked_it_or_not
reviewer53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I sat at the back of the Grand Circle and feel that the leg room was too limited. I also found the atmosphere quite stuffy. Certainly, in the Grand Circle, there is a need for improved ventilation and a less crammed seating arrangement, not least as this area is recommended as the best choice and therefore is advertised with higher seating charges.

The acoustics are good.
Written 4 December 2023
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Alibali27
Grangemouth, UK551 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We were sitting in the upper circle, the view was good but the comfort was nil. I am five foot but my legs were jammed against the seat in front of me and the man sitting in front of me just about had his head in my lap on occasion. Do not book these seats they are dreadful.
Written 4 December 2023
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CheekyMonkey2013
Liverpool, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s certainly not a 5 star theatre. If you’re thinking of spending your hard earned money don’t bother buying a seat in the upper circle, you are sat in the poor man’s seat! Pure torture to seat on a hard wooden seat for nearly 2 hrs with no space for your legs or knees.

Seating costs at a theatre are on a sliding scale of the view not the quality of comfort. The seats are of better quality in the stalls, mediocre in the grand circle & diabolical in the upper circle. Steps down to the seats are also a huge safety issue, no warning of how steep they are, very disappointing event.
Written 29 November 2023
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