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  • Darren L
    Edinburgh, UK28 contributions
    Booked this lounge as the normal lounge that we use, No1 Lounge is closed at the moment. The lounge was clean but was very small and cramped compared to the No1 Lounge. The food quality was not bad, the fresh pancakes were a bonus. Service was great and staff were all very friendly.
    Written 29 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Ghadeer2014
    Kuwait City, Kuwait9,812 contributions
    This is my 1st visit to Edinburgh and I started my day at the Royal Mile. I headed straight to the I centre (Edinburgh VisitScotland i Centre) opposite Adam Smith statue for full information. The i Centre is surely a heaven for tourists. It is well arranged and I was eager to join a tour. Ms. Caitlin was super friendly and super patient. She was well informed and could easily advise on any matter. I have booked with her 2 afternoon tours of the Royal Mile. The tours were as follows:

    Secrets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile + the Castle
    &
    Treasures of the Old Town + the Palace

    Both tours were amazing, with well-informed English guides

    SEE photos
    Written 13 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Susan O
    3 contributions
    I love using the NLS. It’s a fabulous library for its collections, building, exhibitions, small shop and cafe with delicious cakes. The staff make you feel really welcome.
    Written 10 March 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • A-N-S-D
    Stirling, UK51 contributions
    As a regular user of the airport and holder of a Lounge Pass I do use this lounge most times I am travelling but only because I can do so for free. I certainly wouldn't pay to use! This new(er) lounge is a definite improvement on the old one but not by much. The food choice is good and the hot option served fresh. However, the staff are often rude and unfriendly - a smile and greeting at the reception wouldn't go amiss. And the waiting staff can be surly and unhelpful. I never find the seating to be comfortable, there are often no 'mainstream' newspapers or magazines and worst of all the place can often be extremely chilly (not sure if that is due to over-efficient air conditioning or draughty windows). There have also been several times I have been turned away due to the lounge being full, and I don't feel I should need to pay a £5 booking fee just to ensure a seat. Perhaps, I shall try the Aspire lounge next time.......??
    Written 21 February 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Paul K
    2 contributions
    Great collection of armed forces memorabilia, friendly staff, great exhibitions including the trenches and the encampments! Nice selection of vehicles including an APC "Armoured Personnel Carrier" awesome cafe, well worth visiting in this part of Scotland
    Written 8 August 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
    This is - by far - the most striking building on the Royal Mile.
    The Gothic look of the building immediately attracts your look.
    The building currently houses a gallery and some conferences.
    Written 18 September 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • blueboygsd
    194 contributions
    Went to the truckfest in the royal highland centre which is held there every year on the first weekend in August , had a great day with the family , plenty of trucks on show if you like that sort of thing , monstertrucks , motorbikes , etc ... there is snackbars, tea , coffee , beer tents , icecream & plenty for the kids to do. We made up a picnic and took it with us as it can be a bit expensive also you pay £5 for parking and you can stay there the whole day , yeh we had a great day there , our grandson loved it as i said if you like this sort of thing you will have a great time 😊👍
    Written 6 August 2019
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  • Allan W
    Stenhousemuir, UK156 contributions
    Attended to see the Socially Distant Sports Bar live show and the venue was great, bar staff were incredibly efficient and it was only five minutes from Haymarket.
    Written 25 October 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • bianca c
    Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
    While our own meeting rooms are not large enough to allow for socially distanced meetings in large groups, we have been using ETCV quite a lot since we started meeting face to face again. Customer care is second to none before, during and after - people just cannot do enough for you and are very proactive in following up tentative bookings, making sure they have noted all your requirements, etc, while always accommodating late additions. You can hire all necessary equipment for virtual attendance and will receive any help required with regards to technical issues. Hot drinks and biscuits are free, and for only £4 extra per person, they provide a really nice buffet lunch. It goes without saying that everything is always very well planned, clean and safe with regards to Covid prevention. They`re not cheap, but they really do take care of everything for you - all you have to do is turn up. Only slight niggle is lack of parking but the central location is ideal for public transport - but who would have ever though that this would ever become one to avoid?
    Written 3 December 2020
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  • Bean-astair
    Alba131 contributions
    I use this facility regularly, and have done so since 1984. It has developed and improved a very great deal since I first used it, and beats most countries' corresponding service into a cocked hat in a distant corner.

    It is well organised and makes the information quickly and easiy accessible. You pay £15 for a day and you get a desk with a computer terminal and a socket for a laptop and access to all the statutory records of births, marriages and deaths and the census. You can print out (at an additional charge) birth certificates more than 110 years old, marriage certificates more than 75 years old, death certificates more than 50 years old, and census records, or you can just transcribe them. If you are struggling with the system, or having trouble deciphering something, the staff are very helpful.

    Incidentally SunTanScott who complained in his review about being ripped off was factually incorrect. Contrary to what he claimed, you cannot view births less than 100 years ago on either of the Irish sites he mentioned. For online access to the GRONI site he mentioned the cost per certificate is £2, and you cannot save or print it, and it expires after a few weeks, while the cost of the corresponding certificate from Scotland's People online is £1.50, and you can save it or print it and view it indefinitely. You only have to pay the (admittedly hefty) fee for a certificate from Scotland's People if you choose to get a certificate of an event more recent than the cut-off dates. If you are in a Scotland's People Centre there is no additional charge if you transcribe the information in-house, even after the cut-off dates.

    There is an in-house cafe with a modest menu, and there are changing exhibitions in the main bulding which are free of charge. The building itself warrants a visit just to see the inside of the dome, and of the Historical Search Room upstairs.
    Written 6 July 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • JonnySunshine
    Dunfermline, UK316 contributions
    We visited the venue for our work Christmas party, which incuded a tour of the Zoo's Chinese lantern festival. A stunning old building, with a large area for dining, which doubled up as a dancefloor for the disco later on. Unfortunately, the bar was in a seperate room, which meant people drifted off to get drinks and didn't return to the main part of the venue. Staff were excellent and very professional. Great place for corporate functions, with breakout rooms over two floors depending on your requirements.
    Written 29 December 2019
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  • HaseebIrfanullah
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh867 contributions
    I attended an international conference (IFRRO World Congress) in this venue last week. Great venue with fantastic facilities.

    Main halls allocated for plenary meetings/sessions, tea breaks, and evening receptions were very well arranged and was equipped. Smaller rooms for side meetings were equally good.

    It was quite close to the good hotels where attendees could stay in with a few minutes walking distance.
    Written 9 November 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Malgorzata
    11,025 contributions
    Constructed in 1937-40 by John A W Grant, this grand-looking and really beautiful public building comprises both art deco and art nouveau stylings in its design. Sculptor Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson was commissioned to provide a carving for above the main doorway on the corner of Murdoch Terrace and Dundee Street. Fountainbridge Library was officially opened at 3pm on Monday 11th March 1940. The library replaced an early books repository dating from the 19th century. That building stands out prominently among the surrounding tenements of Fountainbridge. It is a great place. A refurbishment in 2016 . Stunning building.
    Written 17 December 2019
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  • Matthew S
    1 contribution
    I wouldn't book a computer hear again or advise anyone does. One of the members of staff kept coughing and none of the windows by the computers were open.
    Written 22 May 2021
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  • iainmcleod
    Mid Calder, UK3,641 contributions
    Located in the grounds of Edinburgh university Pollock halls of residence with super views of Arthur's Seat which you can easily pop out to. Very modern bright venue. Main room can take 330 and be split with 4 additional break out rooms, 2 boardrooms lounge and bar. Parking and accommodation on site. A nostalgic trip to my old uni residences with split new facility to be proud of.
    Written 26 March 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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