Festival Theatre Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre

13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT, United Kingdom | 0131 529 6000 | Website


Sightseer - Chapter 5

Wheeling around on stage!



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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair


Sometimes the unexpected can be fantastic! Never expected to be able to go on stage as a powerchair user; let alone explore the dressing rooms, wardrobe, under the stage, and more!

Transport & Parking


At first glance parking appears difficult but there are actually some dedicated spaces that can give direct and level access straight into the theatre - simply contact the box office ahead of your visit to discuss what is helpful for you. Buses pass along the busy street outside and there a stops nearby that are served by Lothian Buses - all accessible.



I was surprised by the level of thought that has been put into making the theatre accessible. The provision of lifts, the signage, the various accessible performances, the ability to sit with more than one wheelchair user and the great view that you get from the dedicated spaces. Equally, the very positive 'can do' attitude from everyone I met - if you have access requirements I'd suggest having a conversation and they'll do their best to help.



During my visit I tried out two of the accessible loos. Both were easy to wheel into with plenty of space to manoeuvre. They were spotlessly clean and there were grab rails and all the facilities you'd expect to find. The doors were easy to open and were wide enough to make getting in easy and were light enough so you didn't need to struggle.



The staff I met were simply great and it was their attitude and approach that left its mark in a positive way. So often places can be accessible but not feel that inclusive. Here was a theatre where it was superbly accessible but also inclusive in that there was a warm welcome and relaxed approach to enabling me to participate in the tour and enjoy the experience just like everyone else - well done Edinburgh Theatres!


Picture of the festival Theatre - Auditorium

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