Riddle's Court

Contemporary design meets historic architecture

Riddle's Court is a picturesque A-listed merchant's house just steps away from Edinburgh's famous castle. The 1590s building houses unique features including exquisite painted ceilings, authentic working fireplaces and panelled rooms – all of which are being painstakingly restored by skilled craftsmen.

The building has been restored and new, contemporary interventions added to transform the space into a state of the art venue. Bringing the beauty of the old up to date with modern life including full lift access.

This hidden gem is only a five minute walk from Edinburgh's main train station and has excellent links to the rest of the UK and city through public transport including trams and buses to Edinburgh international airport.

Heritage Lottery Fund
"We loved every minute of our wedding at Riddle's Court - a real gem in the heart of the city. Quirky, historical & unique. Happy guests and many special memories - we couldn't have asked for anything more!"
Katy & Andy
"Not only is the building itself full of age old Edinburgh splendour but working with SHBT was a dream as all the team were so helpful and welcoming"
Fireside Collective

Conferences & meetings

Riddle's Court provides you with a memorable venue that will bring your conference, seminar or business meeting to life. Fully equipped with all you need including internet connection and catering, we can ensure that our flexible spaces work to meet your needs.

From large conferences to one to one meetings, we have spaces to suit. Plus our on-site café gives you flexibility to work all day as we serve from breakfast through to dinner including snacks and coffee to keep you going throughout the day..

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Grants Whisky, 2012 © Dennis McInally
"Riddle's Court is a great venue as it's central and beautiful. We are looking forward to coming back in 2017"
Planning Aid Scotland

Visits & Tours

Riddle's Court is not just a historic building, but one where history has been made. Here King James VI courted foreign nobles to ensure he was the one to succeed Elizabeth I to the English crown, here David Hume wrote his seminal History of England and Patrick Geddes entranced listeners with his new ideas.

There will be regular open days, plus you can arrange a private tour or themed visit of this remarkable and evocative building for an exceptional, unforgettable experience.

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"Your philosophy … glitters and gleams and dances in a dazzling way before my sight – touching everything in heaven and earth and would bewilder and puzzle me were it not for the spirit of you"
Fanny Franks writing to Patrick Geddes in 1903


Talks & Workshops

Riddle’s Court is set to become a leading visitor historical attraction in the heart of Edinburgh. Learning and education are key themes for the building, and the new Patrick Geddes Centre will teach you the history of the building and about the work of Patrick Geddes, one of the world's greatest thinkers.

The beautiful and evocative interiors provide inspiration for art, history, philosophy and music – making learning meaningful and pleasurable for people of all ages.

Our spaces can also be configured for formal and informal working and education space with delicious food and drink provided by the on-site café.

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Arts, festivals,
photoshoots & more

Riddle's Court is steeped in history and provides a rich and colourful canvas for photoshoots, film sets, fashion shows, art events and more.

Recently Riddle's Court has transformed into a centre for storytelling, a venue for whisky tastings, maker's fairs and highly successful fringe theatre and science festival shows and events.

Located at the heart of the Royal Mile, a central spot during the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Jazz Festivals, it is the perfect location to draw in new audiences. Award winning productions have been staged in Riddle's Court and giants of stage and screen including Maggie Smith and Stephen Fry have launched their careers from Riddle's Court.

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"Rather emotional visit to Riddle's Court, where I performed in 79 and 80. Stood on the spot where Emma introduced me to Hugh L"
Stephen Fry, 4 May 2012

Crafts & Food Markets

Discerning consumers are increasingly seeking hand-crafted gifts and food presented in unusual and meaningful surroundings. Riddle's Court's central location will expose artists, craftspeople and cooks and their work to the widest possible audience, and provide an evocative and atmospheric location for all styles of market.

If you are an exhibitor in any discipline from toymakers to glass blowers, from potters to jewellers, or an organiser for boutique craft or food markets, we'd love to hear from you.

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