Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Contact Information

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
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01315569579
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Opening Hours

Mondays: 10am – 6pm
Wednesdays: 10am – 6pm
Fridays: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 12noon – 6pm (July and August only)
Tuesdays: 10am – 6pm
Thursdays: 10am – 6pm
Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre
About Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals. We are the home of two festivals: TradFest, a traditional arts festival that takes place in the spring, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. We’re also a host venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and other exciting cultural programmes all year round.

We’re a great meeting place where you can experience Scotland’s rich story heritage. In the Storytelling Court you'll find an interactive Storywall which children (and adults!) enjoy exploring. Try to find Greyfriars Bobby; catch the frog; meet Nessie, the Gruffalo and Wee Willie Winkie; and discover traditional Scottish tales. Tucked around the corner you can listen to excerpts from Edinburgh’s most famous storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and we always have a free exhibition on display.

Swap your own stories in the Café over some delicious home baking and great coffee. Browse our bookshop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House and see if you can spot our dragon’s nest and time capsule hiding among the books. Attached to the Scottish Storytelling Centre is John Knox House, creating a very unique venue that incorporates contemporary design with medieval architecture. Explore this museum to learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also the Headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network which offers its members exclusive access to development events; discounts on our Workshops and Courses; and support and advice on professional development.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Cafe Ceilidh: Burns Celebration

Cafe Ceilidh: Burns Celebration

23 January 2018
Come along to a free afternoon of the songs and music of Robert Burns in the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Supper With Burns

Supper With Burns

24 January 2018 - 25 January 2018
Join us for an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Scottish Storytelling Centre Court.
Family Ceilidh

Family Ceilidh

27 January 2018
Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances at the Scottish Storytelling Centre Family Ceilidh!
Men With Coconuts & Friends

Men With Coconuts & Friends

27 January 2018
The award-winning 'Men With Coconuts' are back at the Scottish Storytelling Centre with their monthly show.
The Preaching Divas: Ali Affleck and The Copper Cats

The Preaching Divas: Ali Affleck and The Copper Cats

22 February 2018
A heartfelt tribute and passionate look at the pioneering, but uncrowned, queens of gospel, blues and jazz.
Men With Coconuts & Friends

Men With Coconuts & Friends

03 March 2018
The award-winning 'Men With Coconuts' are back at the Scottish Storytelling Centre with their monthly show.
Men With Coconuts & Friends

Men With Coconuts & Friends

31 March 2018
The award-winning 'Men With Coconuts' are back at the Scottish Storytelling Centre with their monthly show.