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Usher Hall

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Address: Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-228-1155
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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 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank Karol2
County Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank J_Jarndyce
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Alastair99
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Peter2305
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank kennyramsay81
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4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Sarah D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Fantastic venue for our son's Graduation beautiful theatre with pristine paint work décor is something to behold.

Thank scotlass508
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This venue is excellent if you just want to hear live music. The seating is a little disappointing if you are in the stalls. The floor is level so it would be easy not to see much. I found myself straining to see the stage at some points. It would help if the staff didnt allow late comers in which... More 

Thank Lyndsay K
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Went to this show with my husband for Fathers Day. It was a sellout and was fantastic! The only thing that wasn't great was the seating in the Upper Circle (best tickets available when we booked). I'm 5 foot tall and I had no leg room,the seats are like concrete giving me numb bum after 10 mins and you are... More 

Thank Mary G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Decent seating in stalls, those on upper levels can be a challenge as they are very steep at the highest level so worth checking the seating plan for any event to make sure these suit, but the view from the top tier is great though can be cramped for a long evening. Went to a mid week concert, tickets bought... 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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