Rooftop view of Market Street and City Art Centre at night.

City Art Centre

Royal Mile

Located in the heart of Edinburgh close to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre champions historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts.

  • Woman walking fast in front of a painting in the City Art Centre
  • Street view of the City Art Centre


Artworks from our Nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art are displayed on a rotating basis. Visitors can also enjoy our richly diverse programme of changing exhibitions, which include historic and modern Scottish painting and photography, as well as contemporary art and craft.

An escalator and lift provide easy access to six floors, and the Centre also houses a great shop on the ground floor. Admission is normally free, although charges apply for some temporary exhibitions. Mimi's Bakehouse is situated on the ground floor, open daily 9am-5pm (last sit ins at 4:30pm) offering coffee, cake and an all day brunch menu.

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Key Features

Hearing Loop

Level Access


Dietary Options

Vegetarian Meals available

Gluten Free

Dairy Free


Accessible parking or drop-off point

Accessible toilets

Hearing Loop

Large print, braille or audio

Level Access

Level access from entrance to reception

Level access to all public areas

Level access to dining room, cafe or restaurant

Level access to main entrance

Lift or stairlift

Suitable for visitors with limited mobility

Tactile route for visitors with visual impairments

Wheelchair access throughout

Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided

Nearby to City Art Centre

Approximate duration and distances shown are from City Art Centre.

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