Venue & Access


From Wednesday 26 September 2018,
to Saturday 29 September 2018.


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today we are a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales.

Our main campus in Edinburgh, which includes a dedicated skills laboratory, the Surgeons' Hall Museums, College Library, function and meeting facilities, a 77 bedroom hotel, postgraduate accommodation, and office space for over 140 staff, was joined in 2014 by our second site in Birmingham’s prestigious Colmore Row.



The address :

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Nicolson Street
Edinburgh EH8 9DW

  • 30 min. from Edinburgh Airport
  • Located in the city center

By Rail : Edinburgh Waverley Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the Royal College. Please exit Waverley via the Market Street opening.

Take a right and then 1st left onto Cockburn Street and follow the road/hill until the top. Take a left of the top of Cockburn Street onto The Royal Mile. At the 1st set of lights, take a right onto North Bridge and continue along this route until the Royal College is on your left on Nicolson Street. A taxi rank is located just outside the station.

Train times can be checked using the contact details below.

National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 or

By Tram: The Edinburgh tram route covers 14km from Edinburgh Airport all the way to York Place in the city centre. Stops at Haymarket and Edinburgh Park stations and Ingliston Park & Ride connect trams with rail and bus services along the way.

Every tram stop has ticket vending machines where you can buy Single Tickets and Day Tickets. Return Tickets are also available for journeys to or from Edinburgh Airport only. The ticket vending machines accept most debit and credit cards (£3 minimum spend) as well as 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins. No change is given.

For further information: Bus and Tram times & information - 0131 555 6563

By Bus: Inter-city bus services terminate at the St Andrew's Square Bus Station. Buses from Princes Street (stops on the side of the street lined by shops- [north]) are very frequent. Services passing the College include numbers 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 30, 31 and 33.

A Lothian Buses iPhone app is available to download from the iTunes app store free of charge. This app gives you up-to-date information on all of the buses that pass Surgeons’ Hall.

Lothian Region Transport: 0131 555 6363
First Edinburgh: 08708 72 72 71
Stage Coach: 01383 621 249
National Express: 08705 80 80 80
Citylink: 0870 550 5050

By Car : Access by car to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh can be via many routes. You are therefore advised to go onto a route planner to map your journey.

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Parking :

There are metered parking spaces on Roxburgh Place, Richmond Place, and Chambers Street. (which are free after 6.30pm). There is also parking in Nicolson Square beside the Clydesdale Bank for approx. £7 per day.

From the airport: The Airlink bus service departs from just outside the domestic arrivals terminal and the journey to the city centre takes just 30 minutes. Buses leave approximately every 10 minutes. The final destination is Waverley Bridge.
Alternatively, the Edinburgh Trams also depart from the airport to the city centre and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Trams depart approximately every 10 minutes.

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