Scottish National Portrait Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD, United Kingdom | 0131 6246200 | Website

Venue Description

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Following a dramatic three-year refurbishment, completed in December 2011, the Gallery now offers 17 new displays exploring different aspects of the story of Scotland and her people, told through a wealth of imagery including portraits of famous historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers.


Ramp at the front of the building; staff will assist with opening the front door. There is step-free access to all areas in the gallery. There is a lift to all floors.

Accessibility Guide

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Accessible Performances

We have regular amplified tours using portable hearing loops for visitors with hearing loss. Portable hearing loops are available for all talks and tours, simply ask member of staff. We have regular Deaf-led tours in British Sign Language (BSL) and regular family tours with British Sign Language (BSL) Interpretation. We have regular tour and workshop sessions for visitors with visual impairments. We run early-openings featuring creative, sensory activities at the Portrait Gallery for families affected by autism spectrum disorder. We have a regular programme of tours, concerts and special events for visitors living with dementia. Community and access groups are invited to book free guided or self-guided visits all year round. This includes free entry to all paying exhibitions. We also offer a free programme of dementia-friendly workshops.

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KFarrell previous owner


From the main entrance to the public toilet, there is level access. The route is 1270mm wide, or more. The toilet door is 900mm wide. The direction of transfer onto the toilet is to the front only. There is 1860mm in front of the toilet. The toilet seat is 460mm high. The toilets have handrails. There are horizontal grab rails located to the left and right of the toilet. There is a vertical grab rail located to the left of the toilet. There is a sink with grab rails on either side. Different areas and facilities in the space are painted in contrasting colours to differentiate between them and make them more visible. There are baby changing facilities within this toilet.


Many staff members have had general equalities awareness training. Some staff have disability awareness training. The Portrait Gallery received special recognition from Alzheimer Scotland as a dementia friendly venue. Many front of house staff have received training in dementia awareness. Many front of house staff have received training in visual impairment awareness .

COVID Precautions

Last updated:

The gallery is currently closed until further notice.

Assistance dog facilities

Other assistance dog facilities

We welcome assistance dogs and can provide water bowls for them. Please ask staff for assistance. The nearest toilet area for assistance dogs is located in a small courtyard, Finlay Court, 41 metres from the main entrance. Please ask staff for directions.

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Carer Discount
  • Disabled Access
  • Large Print
  • Online Booking

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