The Patrick Geddes Centre is a world-class centre for learning. A place steeped in history, culture and architectural wonder it provides community, conference and event space.

Inspired by Geddes' educational philosophy, the Centre fosters learning through 'Hand, Heart and Head', learning by 'doing'.

The centre is at the heart of the painstakingly conserved 16th century Riddle's Court in Edinburgh's Old Town.


Contemporary design meets historic architecture

Built in the 1590s, Riddle’s Court is a picturesque Category A-listed merchant’s house full of authentic period features and genuine charm - exquisite painted and plastered ceilings, working fireplaces and panelled rooms. 

New contemporary interventions have transformed its atmospheric historic spaces into a state of the art venue with full lift access without compromising the integrity of the original building.

Its newly-refurbished historic rooms are available for weddings, meetings and conferences, arts and festival uses, talks and workshops, visits and tours, craft and food markets, striking photo shoots and for unforgettable parties and private dining.

The location could not be more central: from the arched entrance to Riddle’s Court, it is only a five minute walk to Edinburgh’s principal train and bus stations and to tram and bus links to the airport and around the city.

Thank you

Our heartfelt thanks to all the Trusts, Foundations, individuals and groups who have contributed to the restoration of Riddle's Court and the establishment of the Patrick Geddes Centre. 

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