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City Chambers

25 September 2021 (Online)

26 September 2021 (Online)


The main part of the building known today as the City Chambers was built in 1753 by John Adam and was called The Royal Exchange. In 1811 it was taken over by the Council as they had outgrown their previous accommodation at the Tolbooth. From 1811-1903 the Council met in what today is known as The Diamond Jubilee Room. In 1904 the building was extended to form larger accommodation for the Council which included the Council Chamber, European Room and Members Lounge.

Digital Resources

European Room 360 degree tour

The European Room is one of the most impressive spaces in the City Chamber. Its walls are lined with paintings by William Hole RSA which depict scenes from six centuries of Edinburgh history. Another notable and much loved local public commission by William Hole is the Processional Frieze in the entrance hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the New Town.

Please enjoy this 360 degree virtual tour of the European Room where you can see William Hole’s paintings in their originally intended setting.

Take a 360-degree virtual tour!

Key Information

Architect: John Adam, Robert Morham

Building Date: 1753, with later extensions

  • High Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH1 1YJ