Venue

Hidden Door specialises in finding forgotten spaces for our arts festival, which can mean they’re not always immediately on your radar. If you’ve found this page, you’re a step closer to finding our festival…

We open at 5pm on Thursday 9 June, and then from 1pm Friday 10 – Saturday 18.

How to find our 2022 venue

This year, we’re bringing the old Royal High School on Calton Hill to life for a ten day festival of live music, visual art, dance, theatre and spoken word. The buildings, mostly silent since the school closed in the 1960s, will be completely transformed for our festival, running from 9 – 18 June 2022.

The official address is: New Parliament House, 5-7 Regent Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5BL

Here we are on Google Maps.

Or if you prefer, our What 3 Words reference is school.lodge.ripe

Getting here

The site is in the very heart of Edinburgh city centre, just a few minutes walk from Princes Street and perfect for bus, tram and train connections.

By bus

Any bus that takes you to Princes St brings you within 5-10 minutes walk to the venue.

There are also some bus services that drop you right outside at the Regent Terrace bus stop. These are:

East Coast

Lothian Buses

By bike

We love pedal power and encourage everyone to travel by foot or wheel if you can. We have a limited amount of bike racks on site although we can’t guarantee a space for everyone so we recommend getting here early if you need to park up. We ask that folk don’t chain bikes to the railings inside or outside the venue as these could be a hazard. Thank you!

By car

The festival does not have on-site car parking facilities, but if you do need to drive, there are a few nearby car parks:

What else do I need to know?

As well as a full programme of art, music and performance the venue will play host to some of Edinburgh’s tastiest street food stalls. We’ll also have bars for you to quench your thirst and a coffee stall for anyone in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. 

Accessibility

We use derelict, undiscovered and temporary sites for our events, which means some areas may not be fully accessible. But by working with accessibility advisors, with every venue we transform, we do all we can to ensure safe access to as much of the festival as possible for anyone with disabilities.

This year we have ensured there is a cross section of the programme available, as well as the bars and food stalls, all available to patrons with mobility issues.

Specifically, most of the outdoor areas (bar, music stage, toilets and food stalls) are all fully accessible. Indoors, the music space, central chamber and Pianodrome are all on ground level with access. Due to the multi-floor nature of the building, the basement and aspects of the art programme are not accessible by wheelchair. However discounts are available for audience members who won’t be able to access the full programme, and carers can attend for free.

If you have a mobility issue or can’t stand for long periods of time, we will set up a viewing area at the stages.

Please do contact us at hello@hiddendoorarts.org if you have any questions or would like to discuss access with a member of the team.

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit the outdoor areas and we just ask that they’re kept on a lead. The festival will be busy and noisy at times so please keep that in mind when planning your visit.

Support/guide dogs are of course welcome at all times and in all areas.

Info for neighbours

We are working with the local council and the community near our venue to make sure our event is a positive experience for everyone. We have designed the festival layout to ensure that noise and disruption is limited. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch you can email us at hiddendoorneighbours@gmail.com.

Find out more about Hidden Door in our FAQs