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Usher Hall

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Address: Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-228-1155
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award...

Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years in 2014

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Excellent concert hall venue, expensive.

I visit several times each August for concerts during the Festival. The hall has been renovated a couple of years ago to a high standard. The seats in the stalls are reasonably... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 12, 2016
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very small seats watch where you book went to see Brian Cox and were up in the gods and it was really up in he gods

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful experience. Amazing acoustics. I went with a friend to a night concert when i was staying in Edinburgh in 2007 for a few months. Memorable visit.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended two musical events at the Usher Hall during the Edinburgh International Festival. Not only were they both incredibly good performances, the acoustics were amazing! Even with our not-the-greatest seats, we could hear every nuance of the music! And the theater itself is just beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We went to see Rheingold at the Usher Hall as part of the International Festival and thoroughly enjoyed it. The conductor, Valery Gergiev, was superb and the singing by the members of the Mariinsky Opera were outstanding. I had been suspicious of a concert performance of the opera, but it worked really well. I gather that this will be the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We learned about this building while on a guided tour with Stuart Usher. He explained about the architecture which we enjoyed, as it is very impressive. There are numerous concerts held there, and we plan to attend one in this beautiful hall on our next visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I had read about the Usher Hall as a music venue and was expecting a good acoustic. We were in the Grand Circle on the flank that is on the left as you look from the stage. The seats were good but the acoustic was disappointing. I couldn't hear what the artists were saying, which may have been a mike... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

In the Upper Circle for Rheingold. Great performance but couldn't concentrate as I was in pain from the cramped legroom, elbow in my side and knees in my shoulder blades. Can't go back.

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

I visit several times each August for concerts during the Festival. The hall has been renovated a couple of years ago to a high standard. The seats in the stalls are reasonably comfortable but after a long concert can be somewhat tiring. Audibility is good anywhere and it is not difficult to get a good view of the stage. I... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

One expects the cheap seats to be cheap because they're so far away/high up. Not because some skin flint theatre owner us not bothered to put a cushion on the greater portion of the hall's seats. I may never walk again!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

I've seen both music projections and comedy in the usher hall during and out with the infamous Edinburgh festival. Every time I've been the acoustics and set up have been good and managements bad staff have been helpful and well organised. Tickets generally have to be booked in advance but it's not unheard of to get tickets on the day... More 

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Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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