With parts of the College designed by Robert Adam and dating back to the 1770s combining with a modern conference centre for up to 300, The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in the heart of the new town truly has the best of both worlds.
Inside the Victorian ‘Great Hall’ the imposing pillars rising to elaborate plasterwork and a glass panelled ceiling, combine with traditional oil painting portraits to create a feeling of refined grace and splendour suitable for corporate events and elegant private celebrations.
Surprisingly the ‘New Library’, dates back to the 1870s. It owes its feeling of warmth and hospitality not only to the vast array of books which line the room, but also to its grand marble fireplaces, magnificent domed ceiling and surrounding gallery. Its position on the same floor as the Great Hall means that the New Library is ideal for a pre-dinner drinks reception or wedding ceremony before guests are seated for dinner.
The ornate plaster work and fresh decor of the Georgian Cullen Suite give an air of relaxed refinement to functions of up to 50 people, yet with vast panoramic views across Queen Street Gardens to the Firth of Forth the feeling of air and light means the space lends itself equally well to formal meetings.
The modern Conference Centre, housed to the rear of the building, is a pleasant surprise; the auditorium with tiered seating can seat up to 300 delegates and boasts comprehensive AV facilities, a dedicated AV technician and keypad voting system, as well as exhibition and refreshment areas and break out rooms.
The final gem at the Royal College is the secluded private garden. The garden was originally designed to supply fresh plants for medical prescriptions, but is now used for evening receptions or creating a romantic backdrop for wedding photographs and the College also has access to the private Queen Street Gardens.
The building has wi-fi throughout and is licensed for civil weddings and religious ceremonies.
The venue is centrally located on Edinburgh’s Queen Street with excellent access to all Edinburgh’s transport, including the airport, and from the moment we set foot inside the magnificent entrance hall we couldn’t have felt more welcomed by the highly professional and friendly staff.
Great Hall: Theatre 150, Banquet 150, Boardroom 55, Reception 200
New Library: Theatre 80, Banquet 50, Boardroom 35, Reception 150
Cullen Suite: Theatre 43, Banquet 24, Boardroom 24, Reception 70
Royal College of Physicians
9 Queen Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 7324