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Traverse Theatre

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In Person: 10 Cambridge Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 2ED
Phone: 0131 228 1404
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Located in Edinburgh’s city centre, the Traverse is well-served by public transport and only a few minutes’ walk from Princes St.

These Lothian Bus services stop nearby the Traverse on, or close to, Lothian Road:
1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 24, 25, 30, 34, 36, 47, N8, N16, N22, N30, N31, N34 & X25

Our nearest stations are Haymarket train station (15 minutes’ walk) and Waverley train station (25 minutes’ walk).

Our nearest tram stop is West End – Princes St (10 minutes’ walk). Plan your journey via Edinburgh Trams.

Taxis may drop off passengers immediately outside the Traverse entrance on Cambridge Street (with step-free access). A taxi rank is available on the opposite side of Lothian Road (northbound), outside the Sheraton Hotel.

Please note that we don’t have a cloakroom and can’t store any bags or luggage, but there is a Left Luggage facility at Waverley Train Station.

Only bags measuring 22cm x 35cm x 56cm (including handles and wheels), or smaller, can be taken into our auditoriums (one per person).


There are four blue badge bays on Cambridge Street, immediately outside the Traverse entrance (with step-free access).

The Castle Terrace Pay & Display car park is a short distance from the theatre. There is Pay & Display on-street parking in surrounding streets, but this is often very busy.


During the day, the Traverse is a brilliant place to relax with a coffee, work with a pastry in hand, meet-up with friends, or write your next stage epic.

Mon to Fri, 8am-4pm

In our street-level coffee shop, you'll find fresh, seasonal sandwiches, soup, hot-pots, quiches and salads – made on-site, by our skilled catering team.

Our coffee comes from Edinburgh-based speciality coffee roasters, Artisan Roast. We drink a lot of it, and we’re sure you’ll love it too.


Simple, good food – served with a smile downstairs in the Traverse Bar Café.


Great theatre sparks debate. After the curtain has fallen, pore-over our shows in the underground bar.

With a fully-stocked bar, craft beers and a great selection of Scottish gins and whisky, you’ll find everything you need for a brilliant evening here at the Traverse.

Access Info

We want to make your visit as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible.

From the entrance on Cambridge Street, there is level access to our Box Office, and lift access to the Café Bar and theatre spaces downstairs. (If you require lift access to our theatre spaces, please find one of our friendly Front of House staff, who will accompany you to the theatre.)

We have accessible toilets on both levels, including gender neutral toilets. Everyone is free to use the toilet that best suits their gender identity.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are always welcome.

Artlink offers a companion service for people who have difficulty attending performances on their own. For more information please phone Artlink on 0131 229 3555 or visit

There are wheelchair spaces available in both theatre spaces - please reserve when making your booking. Easily accessible seating can be reserved for audience members who prefer to transfer from a wheelchair to a seat. We have two wheelchairs available for visitors' use.

We have a range of Accessible Performances – a complete list is available in our Access Listings.

If you would like to use any of the following services, please let us know at time of booking. Call 0131 228 1404 or email, and make yourself known to the Front of House team on arrival, as they will be expecting you.

Audio description is a way of communicating the visual elements of a production for visually impaired audience members. Information is relayed as a live commentary to a personal headset. These can be collected from a member of our Front of House team 30 minutes before the performance.

Touch tours give a guided tour of the stage set to visually impaired audience members prior to the start of an Audio Described performance.

An interpreter stands at the side of the stage and interprets dialogue, songs and sound effects for D/deaf audience members.

Hearing enhancement supplies amplified sound to a personal headset (please collect from a member of our Front of House team 30 minutes before the performance). This service is suitable for audience members with low to moderate hearing loss and can be used in conjunction with existing hearing aids.

The actors' words appear on a display unit (or units) placed on the set or next to the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung.

Our Relaxed Performances are designed for audience members with a range of additional support needs, including autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment when visiting the theatre.

Some changes will be made to the presentation of the play and audience members can exit/enter the auditorium as they wish. For more details on how a production particular has been adapted for a relaxed performance, please contact a member of our Box Office team. Also, audience members can receive a free visual guide to the story before attending the performance.

If you would like to discuss any additional access requirements with our team, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0131 228 1404 or at

As Scotland’s new writing theatre, the Traverse Theatre is a dynamic centre for performance, experience and discovery, often referred to as Edinburgh’s ‘beating heart of the Fringe’ in August. Enabling people across society to access and engage with theatre is our fundamental mission.

Our year-round programme bursts with new stories and live performances that challenge, inform and entertain. We empower artists and audiences to make sense of the world today, providing a safe space to question, learn, empathise and – crucially – encounter different people and experiences. Conversation and the coming together of groups are central to a democratic society, and we champion equal expression and understanding.

We commission, produce and programme for existing and future audiences to offer new and exciting experiences for everyone, and our partnerships with other theatre companies and festivals enable us to present a wide range of innovative performances.

The Traverse would not exist without our over-arching passion for talent development and embracing the unexplored. We work with the newest and rawest talent – with an emphasis on the Scottish-based – nurturing it to become the art, artists and performances that can be seen on our stages through a variety of creative learning and literary programmes.

The timely, powerful stories that start life on our stages have global impact, resulting in dozens of tours, productions and translations. We are critically acclaimed and recognised the world over for our originality and artistic risk, which we hope will create some of the most talked-about plays, productions, directors, writers and actors for years to come.

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