The Venue

Image of the Storytelling Court. Credit Solen Collet,

‘There is always a buzz about the place.’ (TripAdvisor)

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a welcoming hub with lots to do and discover. Experience great stories, relax in the Café, explore our free exhibitions, visit John Knox House, browse our bookstore and discover many hidden gems throughout the Centre.

The Building

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an award-winning venue designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects. The building incorporates the medieval architecture of John Knox House with the contemporary design of the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a unique and multi-functional venue.

The Storytelling Court is a beautiful light and bright space overlooking a picturesque garden. In the Court you will find our interactive Storywall encasing traditional and well-loved tales for adults and children. You can also listen to stories by Robert Louis Stevenson and enjoy free exhibitions displayed in the Court.

‘The theatre is an inspiring space to perform in.  It manages to be intimate, atmospheric and state of the art in terms of equipment and fittings.’ (Xanthe Gresham-Knight – Performance Storyteller)

We have a 99-seater auditorium which is where many of our events take place. This is also a great space to hire for your own event or small conferences. The George Mackay Brown Library and The Hub are also spaces available to hire for workshops. Please see our Spaces page for more information and to enquire about booking.

Our bookshop is located in the ‘luckenbooths’ of John Knox House. The luckenbooths, or locked booths, are the only remaining example of the medieval shops which once lined the high street, offering a unique shopping experience. Make sure you keep an eye out for interesting artefacts and creatures hiding among the books.

We also have a Story Café that serves delicious homemade lunches, coffees and snacks, as well as wines and beers and a special children’s menu.


All our facilities are fully accessible by wheelchair with the exception of the upper floors of John Knox House which can be viewed via our interactive virtual tour on the ground floor. There is braille signage throughout the Centre and hearing loops are available in performance areas. If you need one of our brochures in large print please just ask one of our reception team. We also have baby changing facilities which are located on the ground floor.

It’s really important to us that everyone can enjoy our venue. If you feel we’re not providing for your needs please get in touch and we’ll do our best to sort out a solution.

Read Full Access Statement  Map from Market Street Exit of Waverley Station to the Storytelling Centre

Green Arts Initiative LogoWe are a Green Arts Company

The Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.

Run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh, it’s a simple accreditation scheme designed to give venues and organisations the advice, support and tools they need to become greener and let audiences and the public know what they are doing.

Arts organisations have a crucial role to play in ensuring Scotland’s wider environmental sustainability. Through this initiative we want to promote change not only in our own businesses, but also in the way our artists and audiences live their lives.

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