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25 September 2021 (11:30-16:00)
The building that you can see today on the West side of Parliament Square bears little resemblance to the original seat of Midlothian County, erected on the same site, between 1816 and 1819, by architect Archibald Elliott. In 2017, after having been occupied by the County for almost two centuries, the Chambers became the new seat of the Consulate General of France in Edinburgh and of the French Institute in Scotland. The move also enabled the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Art Festival to set up offices in one of the city's most prestigious locations. In addition to being the best place to learn French in Edinburgh and pass your official French certifications, the Institute organises events of all genres: concerts, theatre plays, conferences, children activities, exhibitions, wine tastings, etc. And last but not least, we are an official venue of the Fringe!
This year, we are delighted to open our doors to the public once more.
Our Doors Open Days event takes place on Saturday 25 September 2021 (10-11:30 children/family activities, 11:30-16:00 all public):
This year we have created a virtual tour on our YouTube channel, edited by Hamish Leeson and voiced by Dr. Jordan Girardin, containing some personal insights into our wonderful building’s history and the many different and unique spaces contained within.Go on a virtual guided tour!
Architect: James Gillespie Graham
Building Date: 1822