Usher Hall

Usher Hall, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Usher Hall Reviews: 4/5

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Unique concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh. Music, comedy, award ceremonies, hospitality and more. Celebrating 100 years in 2014
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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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Leanne A
Sunderland, UK267 contributions
Couples
Wow 🤩 what a beautiful building this is . We attended the Kaiser chiefs gig with support from Razorlight only reason we bought tickets was to see the support , but I must say the whole performance of both bands blew us away . Sound lighting was really awesome and one of the best small indoor venues for bands we’ve attended in a long time. Drinks were reasonably priced only complaint was they ran out of cider earlier on in the evening in all bars 🤷‍♀️. Lovely friendly staff looking to book a show here in December when we visit Edinburgh again as we were very impressed we loved it 😍😍
Written January 23, 2020
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graham B
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On a gig night to wait 45 minutes for a drink at the bar, even taking into account Covid is rubbish. Everyone had to show covid pass which is fine, but once inside very few people wearing masks and no enforcement. Good acoustics in the venue for a gig though.
Written December 5, 2021
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Bordersgeezer
Hawick, UK2,933 contributions
Friends
I went with a friend to see this band and have always enjoyed the smaller venue such as the Usher Hall compared to paying massive prices at arena type halls and can’t even see the band. Entrance to the Usher Hall couldn’t be easier and staff were helpful. We had a 2nd row seat so a fabulous view of the band. Seats however are pretty outdated and a refurb is required. The guy sitting next to me was getting right into his music and was rocking back and forth and therefore so did the entire Row B! Restrooms were quite a walk from our seat however they were kept in very good order. Two drinks at the bar were £10 for the two which was expected. A member of the audience became a bit over enthusiastic and was eventually ejected. Audience participation is nice to see however it shouldn’t be at the detriment and annoyance to the rest of those attending. From what I saw, this gent didn’t appear to be doing much wrong, however I wasn’t close enough to see and he may have been worse for wear, so can appreciate if the staff actions were indeed appropriate. As far as this experienced band was concerned, really good musicians and vocals but you really have to be a die hard Genesis fan favouring their very early music from their inception to enjoy them
Written February 10, 2020
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Sarah H
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Family
Erasure 6th October
Travelled from Leeds for this event.
Covid passport required for double vaccination no problem for me to provide but no one was scanning the QR codes, just waved in. Could have provided a drawn picture and would have been let in,
Only one bar which had no draught lager £5 for a can of lager. Big queues for bar.
Over sold, venue was packed out to point people were stood in doorway with the door open to see.
Toilets a minefield !

Perhaps this venue should stick to smaller artists to accommodate.

Only good point was when I asked a steward Robert for help he was great.
Written October 10, 2021
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stuart1122018
Edinburgh, UK17 contributions
Couples
Went to see James Morrison was really looking forward to this but was a major let down due to the venue. Bar prices were extortionate. No area for standing was all seated. People seated near us were asked to leave for dancing! Was ridiculous won’t ever be back to a concert at the Usher Hall would not recommend.
Written April 9, 2022
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Adrian
Carlisle, UK122 contributions
Couples
Gorgeous, beautiful, historic theatre. It's a real privilege just to view a show at this theatre. We saw a muppet christmas carol with a live orchestra here recently and it's just a wonderful old theatre. The decor is tasteful and subtle in places but also grand and very deserving of such a wonderful venue.
Written December 4, 2021
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Gauldie2015
Dundee, UK2,497 contributions
Couples
Fantastic evening in this lovely venue.

Entry was quick and very organised and we had Razorlight as support who were very good and really got our evening off to a good start.

Main event was the usual outstanding gig by the Kaisers.

Really enjoyed our evening, Usher Hall let's you get up and personal with the bands and the sound and atmosphere was brilliant
Written February 17, 2020
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Kaela21
7 contributions
Family
The atmosphere was amazing. I loved the building, it was old and had character. However, I didn't feel safe due to the way the seating is. Perfect for universities etc but not for a concert, were the spectators are drinking. The seats were so close to each other it was difficult to move and you could not help but touch the stranger next to you. This affected me as I need personal space. The rows are also so close to each other that your legs had to remain straight, there is no room to maneuver at all. The next thing is there is such a small space to stand when (as it often does) to let people get past to go to toilet or bar. There is nothing to grab onto when you are facing forwards, the row in front of you is to low down, so, if you are clumsy like me, or drunk, thankfully i never drank, if you lose your footing, there is absolutely nothing to save you. So this beautiful venue is not for someone who cannot sit in the same position for a long period of time, has anxiety etc. Someone told me that someone has actually fell 🙉

So the seating spoiled it for me, but aside from that I loved it. I loved my experience there, there were plenty of bars, and staff were friendly.
Written November 3, 2021
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Iain A
Kirkcaldy, UK532 contributions
Our first visit in a very long time, we saw Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes Just before Christmas. A great show with great seating in the circle allowed us great views of the stage. The sound system allowed us to hear every song clearly.
The tickets were bought the Box Office via telephone. The process was easy and flawless, our tickets being delivered within two days of placing our order. Just the way it should be.
A great place to watch a show only five minutes walk from the West End of Princes Street.
Written January 1, 2020
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Sam
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK13 contributions
Took boyfriend to see Bianca Del Rio for his birthday in May 2022, beautiful venue with lots of space and easily accessible bar and toilets. Entry was quick and easy, security staff very attentive. The ushers and staff were very polite and helpful and were happy to suggest places for food nearby afterwards - would visit for an event again!
Written June 5, 2022
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