The EVOC Red Book

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Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

COVID-19 Service UPDATE...

Capacity 8-15 (Socially distanced)

For further information, please email or call 0131 625 0700

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre at 25 Palmerston Place is a listed building in a World Heritage Site. It is an impressive Victorian Townhouse which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. It provides a beautiful setting for all the activities of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and the home of Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists.

It is conveniently located in the Heart of Edinburgh’s West End, just a stone throw away from Haymarket Railway Station and convenient for all local transport links. We are easily found, right next door to St Mary’s Cathedral.

We are keen to be a resource for the whole community and as such, we offer a range of room hire suitable for meetings, classes, private functions, etc, which can be hired by the hour by businesses, individuals and local community groups, etc.

Helen Duncan & Mary Duffy Rooms

The Helen Duncan Room seats up to 80 people in Theatre-style, around 35 people in Boardroom-style and 30 people in Cafe-style and is a beautiful setting for private functions, weddings, meetings, seminars and as a training venue.

The Helen Duncan Room is on the first floor and has an ante room called The Mary Duffy room. With adjoining doors, it is perfect for a reception area prior to functions in The Helen Duncan Room, or for a break-out area when running training courses, or for serving teas or drinks for functions.

The Mary Duffy room is however also available for hire in its own right, as a separate room. The Mary Duffy Room is 4.85 x 5.8 metres, and enjoys the same ornate features as the larger room next door. It can hold up to 20 people in a Theatre-style layout and 15 people in boardroom and cafe-style layout.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary provides a beautiful space for weddings, meetings and for private room hire. The room measures 8.3 x 5.8 metres, some 48 square meters and will seat 60 in Theatre-style and around 20 people in Boardroom-style. Being on the ground floor, it is ideal for those that find mobility a problem

The Library

Is available for private room hire and being on the ground floor, is in high demand for private classes, small meetings and other functions.

The room measures 4.85 x 5.80 metres and can sit up to 10 people in a boardroom-like style, perfect for those little meetings. It can sit up to 15 people in Theatre style, perfect for intimate show/play or anything else. On top of all of that, it is a quiet, peaceful room with a lovely ambiance that will help you concentrate on what you have to do.

The Boardroom

Perfect for those official meetings or any other gatherings.

Situated on the second floor is is very practical for professional meetings or club meetings, it has one side with a boardroom-like table that can hold up to 10 people and another area that can sit up to 18 people (making it almost 30 people in total).

Therapy and Private Consultation Rooms

We have private therapy rooms which are used for all aspects of healing (mental & physical), and are available to hire for private therapies and consultations.therapies room

All therapy rooms are on the first floor, they are fully carpeted, have large windows with window blinds and are furnished with therapy beds, tables and chairs.

Lower Ground & Garden Rooms

Our two rooms offer a bright environment with lots of space to feel comfortable.

Our first room, the ‘Lower Ground’ room, is carpeted and has multiple storage units throughout. It is located off a quiet hallway, giving it the perfect location for your meeting, lesson or any other activities. The Lower Ground Room can hold up from 15 to 20 people in Boardroom style or up to 30 people in Theatre style.

Art & Exhibition Room

We offer exhibition space for new, up and coming artists to display their work.

For more information about our rooms for hire and prices, please see
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25 Palmerston Place, West End
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This record was last modified on: 12 October 2020