Work on Robert Adam’s original design began in 1789 and paused at his death. It was completed by William Henry Playfair who combined the two courts into one great court and created the magnificent Playfair Library. The dome, added in 1887 to a design by Robert Rowand Anderson, is not open to the public. Other meeting rooms contain fine paintings, including a dozen by Raeburn. The landscaped quadrangle was made possible in 2011 thanks to a generous benefactor.
Meet the (Dead) Authors
Palimpsest: Literary Edinburgh invite you to meet ‘Sir Walter Scott’ and ‘Mrs Margaret Oliphant’, prolific writers who featured Edinburgh in their works and so helped to create its literary cityscape. You will find them both in Edinburgh University’s Playfair Library on Doors Open Day. Discover more about their fascinating lives and how their influence lives on today!