Art and Design

Edinburgh Art Festival Charles Avery

Edinburgh is a renowned hub for all things creative - and the realms of art and design are no exception. Read our guide to the top creative highlights in Edinburgh and be ready to get inspired...

Dovecot Studios

Dovecot Studios Kwang Young Chun

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT 
Open Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm
Admission free. Special exhibitions are chargeable. 

Anyone with an interest in art and tapestry should pay a visit to Dovecot Studios, which can be found in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. This beautiful space is occupied by a fully functional tapestry studio and a gallery which showcases a range of creative projects from across the globe. 

Head up the to the balcony to see the tapestry studio in action (the opening hours differ from those of the gallery - check the website), have a wander around their latest exhibition, browse their shop where you can spoil yourself to a wide range of creative books, rugs and tapestries, before visiting Pinks, their cafe. 

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum Of Scotland Fashion Gallery

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF 
Open 10am to 4.30pm daily
Admission free. Special exhibitions are chargeable. 

The extensive art, design and fashion collection at the National Museum of Scotland is a must for any follower of fashion or lover of arts & crafts. Wander through the sumptious displays and play with the interactive exhibits dedicated to the themes of Fashion and Style, Making and Creating, Design for Living, Art of Living and Traditions in Sculpture. 

Get up and close to unique creative pieces such as gems by Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir and Pringle of Scotland; intricate embroideries by May Morris and Capra, a rare proof by Pablo Picasso.

Boutique Shopping

Shop Display

Edinburgh is chock full of independent shops that sell quirky and unique pieces that you won't find anywhere else. From beautiful artwork to on-trend fashion and stylish homewares, go exploring in the city's vibrant shopping districts to discover top must-have finds.

You'll find these hidden gem boutiques all over the city centre, but be sure to seek out the likes of the Grassmarket, Stockbridge, and the West End which are independent shopping havens.

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Art and Design Festivals in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Art Festival Charles Avery

Edinburgh is the world's leading festival city so it's no surprise that there are a few festivals that are a must for any design lover's calendar.  For one month every year from late July the Edinburgh Art Festival comes to town, bringing with it a range of exciting commissions from today's most popular contemporary artists, as well as a platform for the work of art and design figureheads of the future.

There are also a few permanent Edinburgh Art Festival commissions that remain in Edinburgh to be enjoyed all year round, including The Scotsman Steps by Martin Creed, which are completely free to visit. 

Fashionistas flock to Edinburgh city centre every March for Edinburgh Fashion Week, which showcases top trends for the coming season from Edinburgh's most popular retailers and special offers are rolled out across these top locations. 

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Find out more about Edinburgh's Festivals >