We believe that everyone has the right to experience the thrill of live performance, and we’re working towards ensuring the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is as inclusive as possible. To find out about the work we’re doing year round to improve the accessibility of the Fringe, visit our access pages.


Access tickets service

The Fringe Box Office has staff in place specifically for access enquiries and ticket bookings. This service is here to assist anyone with an access requirement to make the most of what the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has to offer. 

To find out more about the access tickets service please email [email protected]

The access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • would like to book specific accessibility services, eg a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units or seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • requires specific accessibility information for each venue
  • requires extra assistance when at a venue, including avoiding waiting in queues and busy environments
  • has specific seating requirements
  • is a wheelchair user
  • requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance.

Booking and collecting tickets

Access tickets service contact details

We are able to take payment by all of these methods. 

 

Accessible ticket collection

If you need to collect your tickets in person please contact the access bookings team to make an appointment. The Fringe Shop is wheelchair accessible, with a power-assisted door, hearing loop and dropped counter.

 

Access tickets booking by email

Please include the following information in your email:

  • the show you would like to book
  • the date, time and venue of the show
  • number of tickets required
  • what you need to be able to access the performance
  • a phone number we can contact you on if you would like us to phone you.

How to find a show

Search tools
The advanced search filters on edfringe.com and the Fringe app can be used to filter all shows by access provision.

You can apply the following filters or click on the quick links below to view results.

Fringe Player access guide
Captioning can be switched on for every show on the Fringe Player. Some shows will also offer BSL interpretation as part of the performance, or the option to switch on audio description. To find out what shows offer these enhanced performances, use the filters as part of your search.

Please note: while we aim to ensure every show on the Fringe Player is captioned, some online Fringe shows will take place on other platforms, which may or may not include provisions for accessibility.


Finding an accessible venue

The Venue Access Award guides and supports venues in introducing good practice for access provision in their premises. As an auidence member you can feel confident that the venues achieving this award have committed to higher standards of accessibility and staff have undertaken appropriate awareness training.

Find out which venues have achieved the Venue Access Award.


Accessible toilets

There are four Changing Places in central Edinburgh during August. These are accessible toilets with an adult-sized changing bench and hoist, for people who are unable to use a standard accessible toilet. There is also a Mobiloo at Appleton Tower (near George Square) on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August.

 

Changing Place locations

  • The Booking Office Pub, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ, 08:00 – 22:30.
  • National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, 10:00 – 16:30.
    Visitors require a ticket to access the museum while Test and Protect restrictions are in place, please see the National Museum of Scotland website for more information.
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern One – 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR, 09:45 – 17:30.
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF, 09:30 – midnight, 14–30 August only.
    For more information see the Book Festival website or ask a member of Book Festival front of house staff or security.

 

Mobiloo location

  • Next to Appleton Tower, EH8 9LE,14:30 – 22:00, 21–22 August only.

Sensory backpacks

Sensory backpacks in the Fringe shop

The Fringe Society has gifted sensory backpacks to key partners working with autistic people in Edinburgh.

Each backpack contains a fidget toy, earplugs and a social story describing the street events. If you would like more information on the sensory backpacks please contact [email protected].

There is also a PDF of the street events social story available to download here.

We are grateful for the support of Trespass and Edinburgh Trams in providing sensory backpacks.

 


Useful links

Blue badge car parking in Edinburgh
Search for a parking space for a disabled person on this map from the City of Edinburgh Council.
Find out more at edinburgh.gov.uk

Lothian bus access information
Lothian buses aim to make travel easier for everyone, including passengers with disabilities and those traveling with young children. 
Find out more at lothianbuses.co.uk

Artlink Edinburgh  Arts Access
Artlink works towards making the arts accessible to people with experience of a disability. The Arts Access service creates links between people who want to discover and enjoy the arts in Edinburgh. The service works to ensure that the trickiest part of an Arts Access outing is choosing where to go. They provide ‘What’s On’ information, book tickets, match members with volunteers and organise transport.
Find out more at artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

Euan’s Guide
Euan’s Guide is the disabled access review website that aims to ‘remove the fear of the unknown’ and inspire people to try new places. Many Fringe venues are listed as ‘pop-up venues’
Find out more at euansguide.com

Gig Buddies
Gig Buddies is a befriending project in Midlothian, which aims to link music fans who have a learning disability with volunteers who share a common interest. Many Gig Buddies enjoy coming to a variety of shows at the Fringe.
Find out more on the Gig Buddies webpage