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Explore the many art galleries in Edinburgh for a great day out.

Edinburgh really does have a thriving art scene offering some of the best and most unique galleries showcasing the works of both established and up-and-coming artists. Read on to discover some of the top art gallery spaces in the city.

National Gallery of Scotland and Royal Scottish Academy Building

National Galleries Of Scotland

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL (website)
Open daily 10am-6pm. Thursday, 10am-7pm
Admission is free (charges may apply to special exhibitions)

Founded in 1850, the National Gallery of Scotland and the neighbouring Royal Scottish Academy were designed by the renowned architect William Playfair. Situated right in the heart of the city centre on The Mound, the gallery is known for exhibiting the works of some of the most celebrated Scottish artists. Here you can find famous work including The Skating Minister by Henry Raeburn, and Lady Agnew of Lochnaw by John Singer Sargent. 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

National Galleries SNPG Great Hall 500X210

1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD (website)
Open daily 10am-6pm. Thursday, 10am-7pm
Admission is free (charges may apply to special exhibitions)

Located on Queen Street, this gallery really dedicates itself to some of the best portrait artworks in the world. As you enter the gallery you are greeted by renowned Scottish figures such as Robert Burns and famous paintings of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Sir Walter Scott. Also look out for their contemporary art work collection which exhibits portraits of well known contemporary Scots such as Sean Connery and Alex Ferguson.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art No Miracles

75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh EH4 3DR (website)
Open daily 10am-6pm
Admission is free (charges may apply to special exhibitions)

Discover a world-class collection and cutting edge art at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The gallery is home to a range of contemporary Scottish arts collection, with more than 5,000 items of 20th-century art. The Gallery comprises two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, which are positioned on either side of Belford Road to the west of the city centre. The National Gallery of Modern Art is surrounded by outdoor sculptures by artists such as Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth, providing a unique experience to enjoy modern art for all ages. 

City Art Centre

City Art Centre 500X210

2 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE (website)
Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm
Free entry, donations welcome.

The City Art Centre provides the largest exhibition space right in the centre of Edinburgh. In this little hidden gem gallery you can find interesting exhibitions from the centre’s own collections and from all over the world. The gallery updates their collections regularly to suit all interests, with new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries regularly featuring. Top tip: make sure you make it up to the higher level floors to get some fantastic views of the New Town.

Fruitmarket Gallery

Fruitmarket Gallery Cafe

45 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DF (website)
Open Monday – Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm
Admission Free

The Fruitmarket Gallery is a mix of art gallery, bookshop and a cafe located behind the Waverley Train Station. Before being turned into an art gallery in 1974, the building was previously used for a fruit and vegetable market in 1983. The gallery now aims to promote both established and leading artists, as well as seek out new and emerging talents. Fruitmarket Gallery is also home to a popular café, which is great for a wee drink and a nibble if you're feeling peckish.

The Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queens Gallery

Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX (website)
Open daily 9:30am-6pm (26 March to 31 October) and 9:30am-4.30pm (1 November to 25 March)
Adult: £6.70, Over 60/Students £6.10, Under 17/Disabled: £3.40, unders 5's go free.

If you like art but find conventional art galleries too big and daunting, then the Queen's Gallery is the answer, as it hosts small intimate exhibitions as part of the Royal Collection Trust. The building is a conversion of a former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School and features a beautiful teak and sycamore staircase. Previous exhibitions here included Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer and In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion.

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