Never combine business with pleasure is not a mantra that should be adhered to when it comes to organising events and, luckily for event professionals in Edinburgh, there are plenty of Edinburgh venues where business and pleasure sit comfortably side by side.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Edinburgh venues don’t come much bigger than this. The impressive array of meeting rooms at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena make it ideal for a multitude of meeting styles and sizes, but add the thrill of rock climbing and delegates will be talking about your event for months to come.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced climbers, the walls of this former quarry are designed to allow climbers to choose between slow and steady ascension, team-building, the thrill of the aerial assault course or even identical walls to race each other.
Newbridge, Edinburgh, EH28 8AA
Telephone: +44 (0)131 333 6333
Website: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Mary King’s Close
Mary King’s Close is, of course, world renowned as a tourist attraction, but why not combine cocktails and canapés with the award-winning experience to create the recipe for a memorable soiree.
The thrill of a character-guided tour of the atmospheric warren of hidden streets is a unique venue for tailored events, where the rooms themselves can be flooded with mood lighting and music, providing guests with the opportunity to combine history with anything from art exhibitions to celebrations into the wee small hours.
2 Warriston’s Close, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 0675
Website: The Real Mary King’s Close
Scotch Whisky Experience
The Scotch Whisky Experience blends the multimedia facilities of a private event suite with Scotland’s national tipple to create a spirit of joviality.
Alongside the meeting facilities, exclusive use of the venue provides guests with the opportunity to enjoy the a gentle ride through a series of short films showing the whisky making process on the barrel ride before dining bathed in the amber glow of the world’s largest collection of whisky or a whisky tasting experience.
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
Telephone: +44 (0)131 220 0441
Website: Scotch Whisky Experience
Boasting a lecture theatre overlooking a chimpanzee enclosure, elegant dining in the Mansion House followed by a visit to giant pandas during the fading evening light, or a treasure hunt around its vast grounds, Edinburgh Zoo offers an array of entertainment sure to impress any event professional.
In addition to the Zoo’s many meeting spaces, tailored tours, outdoor entertainment and barbecues on the lawn of the Mansion House provide the flexibility to cater for all age groups and interests.
134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Telephone +44 (0)131 314 0336
Website: Edinburgh Zoo
With experiences as unusual as G&T on ice set to the backdrop of an iceberg or cocktails in a tropical rain forest, Dynamic Earth combines the sophistication of relaxed socializing with an air of fun.
In addition to the intimacy of the The Polar Gallery and the Tropical Rain Forest, the venue offers a range of meeting rooms, a 360 degree cinema with a selection of breathtaking screenings, or banquets and dancing underneath the soaring canopy of the Stratosphere.
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 523 1269
Website: Dynamic Earth
Dominating the Edinburgh skyline from its position at the top of The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle offers a selection of impressive function suites that combine with its historic past to create a unique occasion.
Event spaces in this beautiful Edinburgh venue range from the intimacy of a reception on the roof terrace of the Gatehouse to banqueting for 120 in the elegant Queen Anne Room and can be combined with a private viewing of the Honours of Scotland (Scotland’s Crown Jewels) and the Stone of Destiny or any of the fascinating educational events at the castle.
Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG
Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8686
Website: Edinburgh Castle