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Usher Hall

Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
44-131-228-1155
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Ranked #66 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Concerts
Description: Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years in 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We visited for a classical concert during the EIF and this was our first trip to the Usher Hall. Although we only bought our tickets the day of the concert we were lucky enough to get returned tickets and were centre stage in the third row of the Grand Circle. The seats were amazing! The acoustics are fantastic and the... More

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Lancashire
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3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

I was fortunate to visit this lovely old hall twice during the last week of the Festival, once for the renowned Concertgebouw playing Shostakovich and Ravel (thoroughly enjoyable) and later for the less celebrated Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra's Mahler 6. The first was good, the second a stunning performance throughout. Seating is reasonably comfortable, with better than average legroom and adequate... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Evening performances during Edinburgh Festival. WILLIAM TELL probably the best, it is not performed very often so it was a great opportunity to see it. My visit ended with a performance of Mahler's 6th symphony

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Crieff, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I have been going to concerts at the Usher Hall since the early 1970s. This latest visit was for a classical symphony and the acoustic quality of the concert hall never cease to impress. Majestic surroundings, equally at home for rock music or classical.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited here for The Planets - part of the EIF. The venue is quite superb - excellent staff (of whom more later), clean auditorium, very comfortable seating with plenty of legroom (we were in the stalls). The acoustics are, of course, fantastic but it's the intimacy of the venue that makes it stand out in our view - the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The gig itself was tremendous. The venue has fantastic acoustics and I always look forward to seeing bands here. The hall is 5 star no doubt about it, sadly it's the disorganised bar service that is absolutely appalling. Two bars quite near where we were. Both under manned. No tills, the staff used calculators and a cash tray. A few... More

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Gosol, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The concert hall is excellent and comfortable. Sitting outside on the steps in the late afternoon/early evening sun is a pleasure. What a concrete monstrosity to accommodate the box office, small bar and whatever else upstairs. Can't have everything

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I love the Usher Hall - definitely my favourite concert venue in Edinburgh. And seeing the Flaming Lips there was just out of this world... Bonkers, barmy & brilliant - or as my pal put it - euphoric... They've done such an amazing job with the renovations - old mixed with new brilliantly...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We went to see little mix at the usher hall for the first time lastnight. We purhased seats at the front stalls so we were near the stage. When the supporting acts came onstage, everybody stayed seated and the view was excellent! but the minute little mix came onstage, everybody stood up and all the kids stood on the chairs... More

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Aberdour, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This was our first visit to a naked classics concert. The theme was Beethoven's Fifth. It was very well attended with a wide range of age groups from about young teenagers upwards. The audience are led through excerpts first with addition help from the big screen above the orchestra. This explains themes and how the whole performance comes together and... More

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