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Custom House Leith

25 September 2021


Custom House, one of Leith's most distinctive Georgian buildings, is now a buzzing creative hub and hireable event space in the heart of The Shore. It is the oldest custom house in Scotland, now an A-listed Georgian Building. Custom House was designed by Robert Reid in a neo-classical style constructed between 1810-12 with alterations by William Burns in 1825.

The building is reawakening from its slumber as a store for museum artefacts and is evolving from its early life as custom house for ships arriving into Leith. Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is the charity looking for interesting pop-up uses for the building – meaning that for the next five or so years the building really is a blank canvas for people to do realise their creative ambitions. SHBT are a non-profit charity devoted to saving historic buildings at risk and breathing new life into them for the benefit of future generations.

Custom House is delighted to open its doors again to the public on Saturday 25th September from 10am-4pm. Join us in the Gallery for a welcome talk and exhibition, before joining a member of the team to meet some of our creative tenants throughout the building. 

Booking is essential, book your tickets here.

Make the most of your visit with one of our guided tours to meet our tenants, view their work, and enjoy the cafe and activities of Custom Lane as part of your visit. If you're joining us on Saturday, be sure to make the most of the market next door to sample some local vendors!

Visitors can enjoy:

  • Stewards/volunteers at key points
  • Video/audio presentations
  • Children’s activities Musical recitals
  • Visual displays Architectural models
  • Open Art Studios Refreshments
  • Exhibition of Scottish Skyscapes by artist Trina Bohan in The Gallery at Custom House Leith



Key Information

  • 65-67 Commercial Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH6 6LH