Discover the history of Edinburgh

Assembly Rooms

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh officially opened in January 1787 and has since been at the heart of special occasions and celebrations in Scotland’s historic capital city, hosting royalty, celebrities and nobility. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite links and websites to help you discover more about the amazing history and heritage of our building and the city around us.

What better place to start than our own heritage page? Find out more about our grand 18th century interiors, glittering royal events and first-class Music Hall performances - NOTE TO SELF!

Edinburgh World Heritage

Learn about the New Town and its rich heritage through the extensive and insightful Edinburgh World Heritage website which has an amazing amount of information and resources regarding Edinburgh’s heritage.

Listen as architect Colin Ross introduces some of the capital’s most iconic buildings, with an insight into the fascinating history of the Assembly Rooms.

Edinburgh 101

Delve into Edinburgh’s past and explore an impressive collection of the city’s most treasured items, objects and landmarks.

UNESCO World Heritage

Discover our city’s honour as the Old Town and New Town both appear on UNESCO’s world heritage sites list thanks to their seamless blend of character and splendour.

This is Edinburgh

Visit This is Edinburgh’s top heritage picks, from the narrow alleyways and cobbled courtyards, to the impressive Georgian streets and city squares.

Canmore Archive - Historic Environment Scotland

Canmore contains more than 320,000 records and 1.3 million catalogue entries for archaeological sites, buildings, industry and maritime heritage across Scotland. It is compiled and managed by Historic Environment Scotland. They have a section for Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and a catalogue of related images, architectural notes, plans and more to browse.