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Portobello Baptist Church

Door open days

26 September 2020

27 September 2020


Portobello Baptist Church is celebrating its centenary of using the building which was the first Portobello Town Hall (opened 1868) and was built on the site of Puerto Bello House which was the first dwelling in the area. The building was designed by David Bryce (who also designed Fettes College and the original Edinburgh Infirmary). The building was also used as a dance hall, a cinema and hosted soirees before becoming a church. The church hall was originally from the Devil’s Porridge site in Gretna where munitions were assembled during WW1. After the war, the huts were disassembled and sold.

Digital Resources

Portobello Baptist Church

For this year’s digital Doors Open Day we’ve created this virtual tour of our building. As well as showing you around, we share many images recounting its history and heritage, our plans for its future and a little about what we do here today. We hope you enjoy and will visit us in real life soon.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Architect: David Bryce

Building Date: 1863


  • 189-193 Portobello High Street
  • Portobello
  • Edinburgh
  • EH15 1EU