Guest Blog post: Euan’s Guide on accessible venues in Edinburgh

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Euan’s Guide is an online guide to accessible places written by disabled people, their family and their friends. They are based in Edinburgh and love to take part in Open Doors Day each year. This year, they have kindly put together a list of their favourite accessible venues that are taking part in the event. Here’s their guest edit of selected venues, including soundbites from their original reviews:

The National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge

The National Library of Scotland is located in the centre of Edinburgh and has received a 4.5 star review on Euan’s Guide. One of our reviewers has told us that:

imagesGetting in was easy as a powerchair user with wide doors and level access. A platform lift takes you up to the main level where everything was accessible. I could get around the exhibition, shop, cafe and the accessible loo.

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 You can book a tour of the National Library of Scotland by calling 0131 623 3734.

The Hub, Lawnmarket

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Although it may look like a church from the outside, The Hub is actually a performance space for Edinburgh’s International Festival. The Hub’s spire is also the highest point in central Edinburgh. We have been informed that the Hub is surprisingly accessible:

imagesThe Hub is one of those places where you can be quietly surprised by the ease at which you can get around, the friendly staff, and the opportunity to spend a quiet moment or two enjoying tea in the Hub’s cafe. Worth a visit if you’re in that part of town. The main function room is stunning in its size, design and first impression! 

 You can visit the Hub between 10am and 4pm on Sunday to enjoy this remarkable building.

 The Filmhouse, Lothian Road

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We have three positive reviews of The Filmhouse cinema. Despite the building having narrow corridors and a small lift, the staff are commended on their positive attitude.

You can book tours of the projection room by calling 0131 228 2688.

 The Assembly Rooms, George Street

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The Assembly Rooms is over two hundred years old and has recently undergone an 18-month extensive refurbishment. It has received two very positive reviews on Euan’s Guide. One review describes praises the staff at the venue: ‘full marks to the staff who were great from the point of arrival through to accessing the lift, giving directions and welcoming.’

Guided tours of this venue are available on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

There are lots of accessible places to explore during the Open Doors weekend in Edinburgh, and more at Euan’s Guide online. If you discover one that isn’t featured, please let the team know by submitting a review here. Happy exploring!

// With sincere thanks to Euan and the team at Euan’s Guide

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