Hire the Assembly Hall

The Church of Scotland is delighted that the Assembly Hall can be used as a major conference and events venue. The Assembly Hall is a well known feature located in the heart of Edinburgh, with a memorable backdrop at the top of the city's Mound, and is a great location for holding a special event.


The Assembly Hall was designed by David Bryce in 1858. One of the most significant historical events took place in 1910 when 1355 delegates were in Edinburgh for the World Missionary Conference on 14 June, the beginnings of the 'ecumenical movement'.

Since 1929 this unique building has been used by the Church of Scotland to host its General Assemblies. Most recently between 1999 and 2004 the Assembly Hall was used by the Scottish Parliament, while the new building at Holyrood was being constructed. The Assembly Hall boasts a striking multi-tiered and galleried interior and a black and white marble corridor. You can find out more about the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Facilities and services

The Assembly Hall was refurbished for use by the Scottish Parliament, and has a spectacular and large oval shaped hall with all-round galleries.  It has a seating capacity of 1,250 people. Seating can be removed to accommodate extra floor space for exhibitions, tables and displays. As well as the main hall, there are a number of ante rooms which are ideal for a variety of uses such VIP rooms, breakout meetings, workshops or presentations. Some of these are also sound-proofed.

Full technical provision and support can be provided, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities, including electronic voting, full voice support, broadcast facilities, and internet connections as well as ISDN lines. There is also a wide range of catering and refreshment options. The venue is fully accessible to the disabled.

Usage ideas

The Assembly Hall is versatile in its presentation and flexible in its use, and can be used for a large variety of special events. As well as being the venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May each year, and a temporary home to the Scottish Parliament, it is also regularly used for large gatherings of arts and theatrical performances, such as the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.


The Assembly Hall is located at the top of the Mound off Princes Street and backs on to Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, just down from Edinburgh Castle in the heart of the city. It is accessible from either the Royal Mile or via Mound Place. Find out our location here.

Getting there


Edinburgh Airport is served by major airlines that provide direct services from numerous international destinations. There are also more than 90 daily flights to and from London's airports plus regular services from other UK regions. The airport is within an hour's drive from the hall, and there is a regular bus service to the city centre. Glasgow international airport is just over an hour away.


The closest railway station to the Assembly Hall is Waverley Railway Station in the city centre, around 5 minutes walk away. There is a rail service every 15 minutes to Glasgow and regular services to all other stations in Scotland and the UK. Waverley railway station is approximately 30 minutes by bus or taxi from the airport.


A number of buses run close to the Assembly Hall every few minutes from across the city, stopping at the top of the Mound, just off Mound Place, or on the Royal Mile itself. Most buses also stop in Princes Street at the bottom of the Mound, which is about 5 minutes walk away.

Contact for more information

For further information on the Assembly Hall please contact Alison Murray on 0131 225 5722 ext 2250 or amurray@churchofscotland.org.uk