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.
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.
Many shows offer Captioning, Audio Description, Signed and Relaxed Performances. You can use the search filters or click the links below to find a show by performance type. To find the dates for an accessible performance make sure to check the "Accessibility tab" below the show details.
If you have a specific access requirement, remember to book using the Access Bookings team.
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.
- Captioning (CAP)
- Audio Description (AD)
- Signed Performance (BSL)
- Relaxed Performance (RE)
- Wheelchair Access (WA)
- Audio Enhancement System (AE)
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilets (WC)
Changing Places toilets
There five 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.
- Fringe Changing Place - corner of Windmill Street and Chapel Street (view map)
Fringe Central staff can provide access 10:00 - 22:00 or 24-hour if the user has a radar key (02 – 27 August).
- The Booking Office Pub, Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ, 06:00 – 00:00.
- National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, 10:00 – 17:00
- The Scottish Parliament, 1 Horse Wynd, EH99 1SP, opening hours vary – visit changingplaces.org
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square, EH2 4HQ, 10:00 – 00:00 (10 - 26 August only).
- Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Modern One – 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR - 09:00 -17:00.
The Fringe Society has 80 sensory backpacks which are available to borrow, free of charge, for autistic children and adults, to help make your Fringe experience as enjoyable as possible.
Each backpack contains a fidget toy, earplugs or ear defenders, a photo story describing the Virgin Money Street Events, and a list of relaxed performances at the Fringe. Small backpacks also include a soft toy. Backpacks and ear defenders should be returned to one the pick up locations, but you are welcome to keep the other items.
Backpacks can be collected from:
- Fringe Shop (180 High Street) 09:00 – 21:00 (view on map)
- Fringe Shop in Waverley Mall – Monday – Thursday and Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 and Friday and Saturday 09:00 – 20:00 (view on map)
- Dance Base (14-16 Grassmarket) – 09:00 – 21:00 Tuesday – Sunday | 09:00 – 17:00 Mondays (view on map)
- Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre (204 Rose Street) – 10:00 – 22:45 2-11 August | 11:45 – 22:45 12 - 25 August (view on map)
- Scottish Storytelling Centre (43-45 High Street) – 09:30 – 21:30 (view on map)
- Pleasance Dome (Bristo Square) – 10:00 – 21:00 (view on map)
Please bring a form of photographic ID with you. Backpacks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are grateful for the support of the Edinburgh Festivals 70th Anniversary Legacy Tourism Innovation Fund, Trespass and Edinburgh Trams.
Neatebox Welcome app
Let us know on the Welcome app if you are coming to the Fringe Shop or Box Office and you require assistance.
Find out more at neatebox.com
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
We are delighted to once again be hiring a mobile Changing Place from Portokabin for the Fringe. Watch this space for information on where it will be located.
Find out more at Portokabin.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 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 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