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Upcoming events

UPDATE: Due to the impact of Covid-19, we have postponed our regular programme of in-person events. The final event in our summer lockdown series ‘in conversation with’ is now on sale, and we expect to announce our Autumn digital programme very soon.

See our city and its most famous buildings in a new way, and meet the experts that make all the difference. We host events for our members throughout the year, and you’ll find information on the latest one here.

National Library of Scotland's maps collection

Mapping the City


Please join us for a fascinating evening as we explore the history of the World Heritage Site through the National Library of Scotland’s outstanding map collection, with Dr Christopher Fleet, Curator of Maps.


Tickets are £4 for members and £8 for non-members.

New member offer

New members will enjoy free entry to this event. Become a member today from just £25 and join us on 28th January at no extra cost. New members will be sent joining information separately once your application has been received and processed – this can take up to 72 hours but links will always be sent in plenty of time for the event.

Tickets available now via Eventbrite.



World Heritage Day with Loyd Grossman


UPDATE: This event has been moved to April 15th 2021.

Our annual World Heritage Day lecture sees a prominent figure from the heritage world delving into fascinating aspects of our city’s history or addressing contemporary challenges facing the sector.

This year is no exception, and we can expect a fascinating key note lecture from Loyd Grossman, former Chair of Heritage Alliance, in one of our city’s fine civic spaces.

Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite.

Walking Tours

POSTPONED: Ancient roots and fresh shoots


UPDATE: This event has been postponed.

This year, our two summer walking tours will take in the youngest and oldest buildings in the city centre.

Ancient roots: Interested to discover more about the remaining traces of our city’s Medieval beginnings and Reformation era developments? Join us for this early evening promenade up the Royal Mile where we will learn about Edinburgh’s early cityscape and architecture.

Fresh shoots: Hidden amongst 17th and 18th century tenements and Georgian townhouses, Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns World Heritage Site contains a number of important contemporary architectural additions. This new tour will shed light on some of the most striking and interesting post-war buildings in our city.

Both walks will culminate in a summer drinks reception.

6pm, Thursday 25 June & Thursday 23 July 2020. Tickets available soon.

Previous events

A  look at Edinburgh World Heritage’s past events

Burns night

Burns in the Burgh


Please join us for a celebration of the ‘heav’n-taught ploughman’ through poetry readings and a virtual guided tour of the places particularly associated with the bard from his time in the capital from 1786 to 1788.

Special guests include Scottish actors Derek Riddell (Shetland, No Angels), John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl, Traces), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BA Actor) Neila Stephens, Twitter poetry sensation Miss Punny Pennie, and Dr Pauline Mackay, lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow and and Associate Director at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

Tickets are £4 for members and £8 for non-members. Available now on Eventbrite.

New member offer

New members will enjoy free entry to this event. Become a member today from just £25 and join us on 28th January at no extra cost. New members will be sent joining information separately.

Christmas 2020

Ding Dong! Merrily, at home!


Don’t suffer a blue Christmas, join Edinburgh World Heritage at home for the holidays with our special guests on Thursday 10th December. We’ll wish you a merry Christmas with mistletoe and wine through your screen (BYOB). Baby, it’s cold outside, so park yourself in front of the (virtual) fire and toast to a wonderful Christmastime with an evening of music, song, poetry and performance.

Whether you want a hippopotamus for Christmas or just your two front teeth, at Edinburgh World Heritage we’ll stop the cavalry to spend the evening in dulce jubilo with you.

Special guests include Alexander McCall Smith in the role of Mr. Charles Dickens, as well as soloists from St Mary’s Music School, and members of the choir of Old St Paul’s.

New member offer

New members will enjoy free entry to our Christmas event plus one free entry into our luxury raffle*. Become a member today from just £25 and join us on 10th December at no extra cost. New members will be sent joining information separately.


Tickets are £5 for members and £10 for non-members and include entry to our luxury raffle*, drawn live on the night. Prizes include fine wines and spirits, paintings and an indulgent gift hamper.

Get tickets now.

*You may enter into the raffle as many times as you like by buying additional tickets to the event. Prize winners will be drawn by Edinburgh World Heritage. All decisions regarding prize winners are final. You will be contacted regarding the receipt of your prize via email within 5 working days of the raffle. You must respond to our email within 5 working days or we will choose another winner.

Autumn 2020 programme | Generously supported by AMS ltd

If you seek a monument, gaze around


Sculptors and experts share and discuss the city’s outstanding monuments and public art. Special guests include sculptor Alexander Stoddart, the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival Sorcha Carey, Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter and architect Fiona Rankin.

Exclusive new member offer

Become a member today and enjoy free access to all three of our autumn 2020 events.

Book tickets for this event here.

Our Autumn programme is a series of live online events celebrating Edinburgh’s role as inspiration to artists and writers.

Autumn 2020 programme | Generously supported by AMS ltd

A city so beautiful


Artists and experts share and discuss the city’s greatest art. Special guests include Scottish watercolourist Hugh Buchanan, RSA New Contemporaries 2020 exhibited young artist Lyndsey Mackenzie and Deputy Director & Chief Curator of European and Scottish art at the National Galleries of Scotland, Patricia Allerston.

Exclusive new member offer

Become a member today and enjoy free access to all three of our autumn 2020 events.

Book tickets for this event here.

Our Autumn programme is a series of live online events celebrating Edinburgh’s role as inspiration to artists and writers.

Autumn 2020 programme | Generously supported by AMS ltd

Edinburgh is a mad god's dream


Writers and experts read and discuss some of the city’s greatest literature. Special guests include Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust Ali Bowden and more.

Exclusive new member offer

Become a member today and enjoy free access to all three of our autumn 2020 events.

LIMITED BUNDLE OFFER – must end 24 September

Existing members and non-members can take advantage of our limited bundle offer – all three events for just £10.

Our Autumn programme is a series of live online events celebrating Edinburgh’s role as inspiration to artists and writers.

In conversation with

Edinburgh's Climate Emergency: can heritage be part of the solution?


In May 2019, the City of Edinburgh Council formally declared a climate emergency and committed the city to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2030.

In the final conversation of our summer lockdown series we will attempt to understand the likely impact of climate change on the Old & New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, as well as explore what we can do to help the city meets its goal ambitious goal.

Joining us for this conversation will be Anna Beswick (Adaptation Scotland Programme Manager), Ewan Hyslop (Head of Technical Research & Science, Historic Environment Scotland), Adam McVey (Leader of City of Edinburgh Council) and more.

Now available to watch on YouTube. 

Online event

Black History Matters


Recent events have resulted in a huge interest in the black history of Scotland and the nation’s well documented amnesia concerning its role in the transatlantic slave trade. Join us for the latest in our series of conversations with leading experts and members of the community.

Joining us for this conversation will be Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and human rights campaigner, Lisa Williams from the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, a youth ambassador from Intercultural Youth Scotland, and more.

Tickets available on eventbrite.

Digital events

Edinburgh World Heritage in conversation with...politicians


How can we build a better Edinburgh?

Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Edinburgh was experiencing an unprecedented degree of change in new development, transport, tourism, culture and the local economy. How will this now change?

In this conversation with four leading Edinburgh politicians we will ask the question: how can we make our capital city a better place in which to live and work post-Covid?

Tickets available now at eventbrite.

Digital events

In conversation with...architects


Is Edinburgh architecture at the dawn of a new ‘Golden Age’?

Today’s Edinburgh skyline reveals not only the towers and spires of our renowned World Heritage Site, but also countless cranes and gantries which signify the biggest building boom the city has seen for many years. In this conversation with leading architects Rab Bennetts, Malcom Fraser, and Richard Murphy, we will look at how the city is changing and ask whether future generations will look back and call this a ‘golden age’.

DATE: 6pm, Thursday 7 May 2020

Online via Zoom

Free tickets available now.

Workshop (6 - 11 year-olds and families)

Wish you were here | Half-term at the Tron


Join us at the Tron Kirk for fun, FREE, family-friendly art activities (6-11 years), perfect to shake up your February half-term.

Wish you were here?

How do you see Edinburgh? Throughout the day we’ll be exploring how the city has been portrayed in art over the years, and the sorts of stories these paintings tell. But what about you? Join us and tell your own story through fun, creative activities like art detective bingo and designing your own postcard.

DATE: Friday 14th February 2020

TIMES: Drop-in 12pm – 2pm (no booking required)

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These activities will be run by Edinburgh World Heritage and are part of the ATLAS project, which investigates sustainability best practice in the way we manage and care for urban World Heritage Sites. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg Atlantic Area.


"Edinburgh the Worst" - a humorous guide to worst place to visit (in times gone by)


In this humorous guide to historical travel reviews and reports from the city, author Charles Maciejewski will share an overview of some of the less generous comments made by 17th, 18th and 19th century visitors. Collected over years of extensive research of historical journals and tourism guides, Maciejewski talks about his own views of Edinburgh, compared with the impressions of those who walked before him. In this amusing take on the travelogue genre, he promises that much has changed – mostly for the better!

6pm, Thursday 6 February 2020.


Christmas Celebration


Every year we host our Christmas Party in a historic and unusual location which is either a past or present conservation project. Previous venues have included St. Cecilia’s Hall, 25 Learmonth Terrace and the Tron. 2019 was no exception – on Tuesday 10 December we were joined by supporters in the beautiful setting of the French Institute in West Parliament Square for a warm and fun seasonal celebration.

Book launch

66: The House that Viewed the World


On Tuesday 26 November 2019 we were joined by author John Fulton for the launch of his new book. Set in 66 Queen Street, this publication tells the story of extraordinary people and events associated with the house for 210 years from 1790 whose lives were empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment. The story reflects how our modern world is shaped, with Edinburgh emerging from its medieval past to become an intellectual and prosperous capital city.


Built to Last: Fundraising Gala Dinner


This autumn, Edinburgh World Heritage celebrated the start of its 1,500th project in the city, as well as 20 years as an independent charity.

To mark the occasion, we held a fundraising gala dinner on Saturday 23rd November 2019, an opportunity to thank our friends and supporters for their commitment over the years, and, importantly, to raise funds for the next stage of our journey.


"All in a Blaze": The story of African American Freedom-Fighters in Edinburgh


Following on from her successful ‘Strike for Freedom’ exhibition on the anti-slavery author and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass at the National Library of Scotland, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier shared her fascinating research on the history of nineteenth-century African American authors and activists in Edinburgh. Until now the stories and activities of this grass-roots movement have received little attention, and this unique lectured provide a fresh insight into this untold aspect of our city’s revolutionary and radical history.

Professor Bernier is Personal Chair in English Literature and Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


Bridging the old and the new


On 5 September 2019, Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage shared a new lecture on the background and significance of the original North Bridge, the development of the first New Town, and some new finds from the archives.



Architecture Tour – The Greek Revival


On Thursday 18 July, we led our members and supporters on a tour of some of Edinburgh’s most important Greek Revival buildings, including a view inside the Old Royal High School. The evening culminated with a drinks reception at the newly-opened Playfair ensemble of buildings at the City Observatory.

Take a look at our Twitter page for an overview of the evening:


A fresh look at Edinburgh’s Monumental Sculpture


The city’s monuments and public works of art mark Edinburgh out as a great capital city and are one of the reasons for our UNESCO World Heritage inscription. To celebrate the publication of Professor Ray McKenzie’s new book ‘Public Sculpture of Edinburgh’, on 12 June 2019 we led groups around a specially curated tour of our city’s most important sculptures.

EWH lecture

World Heritage Day lecture with Sir Tom Devine


Scotland’s pre-eminent historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine, delivered the 2019 World Heritage Day lecture. Sir Tom explored the extraordinary success of late Victorian Edinburgh – as banking house to the British Empire, as patron of the arts and architecture, and as a city of considerable luxury and opulence.

The video of his talk can be viewed here:

World Heritage Day Lecture – Sir Tom Devine

This year's World Heritage Day lecture was delivered by Sir Tom Devine. Catch up on the lecture here.

Posted by Edinburgh World Heritage on Thursday, 18 April 2019

CPD training event

Future-proofing our heritage: the role of maintenance in mitigating the effects of climate change


On Friday 15 March, Edinburgh World Heritage hosted a special half-day maintenance CPD event to explore the issues and solutions presented by the needs for regular maintenance of our historic building stock in the face of a changing climate.

EWH members' lecture

Adam Smith and Panmure House - saving an Edinburgh landmark


In this sell-out members-only lecture on 28 February 2019, architect and former Director of Development at Panmure House, Chris Watkins, told the story of the building from the time of the Scottish Enlightenment to the present day.

Panmure House was the final residence of Adam Smith, who lived there from 1778 to 1790. This important 17th century Canongate house has recently been the subject of major conservation, adaptation and restoration work, partly funded by Edinburgh World Heritage, and has recently opened as a centre of learning for the Edinburgh Business School.


Christmas at the Tron


Our supporters joined us for festive evening with drinks, nibbles and entertainment to celebrate a busy year.

Training session on fire


On 2 November 2018 we held a CPD training session all about stonework. Members received discounted tickets.


The true cost of the New Town

Edinburgh and the Slave Trade


On Thursday 25 October Edinburgh World Heritage presented a groundbreaking new lecture to celebrate Black History Month. Human rights activist and Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Sir Geoff Palmer O.B.E. exposed Edinburgh’s long and profitable relationship with slavery. This was a sold out event.

Find out more on our blog.

Gardens walking tours


Edinburgh World Heritage members and supporters joined us on the July 5 and the September 13 for our special guided tours of the enchanting gardens of the Old and New Towns. Our guides lead groups off the beaten track to discover some of the less well-known gardens of the World Heritage site, which are part of our UNESCO World Heritage inscription. We also shared stories associated with these special places.

Each event finished with a garden party drinks reception, a perfect way to end an Edinburgh summer’s evening.


Training session on stonework


On 19 June 2018, Edinburgh World Heritage ran a CPD training session all about stonework. There was a discount for members.

“It’s our heritage, too” workshop


World Heritage skills workshop for 16-24 year-olds living in Edinburgh

As part of Scotland’s 2018 Year of Youth, Edinburgh World Heritage ran a workshop to share important heritage-related skills with young people from all backgrounds.

“It’s our heritage, too” evening event


Our city’s heritage through the eyes of young people

As part of Scotland’s 2018 Year of Young People, and to celebrate World Heritage Day, a group of young people from Edinburgh shared their vision for our World Heritage Site.

During the event, our young ambassadors

  • Told stories about the World Heritage Site
  • Showed a series of short films they produced specially for the day
  • Shared their hopes and aspirations for the future

After the event there was a reception where guests met our ambassadors

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