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University of Edinburgh: Old College (1)

Door open days


Beyond the South Bridge front of Old College, only a small part of the design by Robert Adam 1789 was actually built. The remainder was largely completed by William Playfair 1817-40 and the dome added by Robert Rowand Anderson 1877. Tours every hour on the hour (last tour 1500), including the Playfair Library, one of Edinburgh's grandest interiors, and the Raeburn Room with its significant portraits.

Key Information

Architect: Robert Adam, Wm Playfair, Robert Rowand Anderson

Building Date: 1789-1877


Where to find us

  • The University of Edinburgh
  • South Bridge
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9YL