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Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

Tel: +44 (0) 131 551 4490

Contact Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

    Opening Hours

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s reception and workshops are open Tuesday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

    The licensed cafe, run by Milk, is open 7 days a week with tables inside and out:
    Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 2.00pm
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm

    Public Health Update,  2023

    We continue to monitor guidance and work to best practice models, with the aim that everyone feels comfortable working within our spaces and that we can operate the building safely. Booking for workshop space happens through our website and there is more information on our COVID-19 statement page which also includes a link to our Access Manual.

    Getting Here

    Use what3words to travel to specific locations at ESW: what3words divided the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations.

    ESW Main Entrance on Hawthornvale:

    ESW Car Park / Covered Yard gates:

    View Hawthornvale Space from the street:

    Beacon Tower:

    Café MILK main entrance:

    There are good public transport links to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

    Buses: Lothian Buses number 7 runs from North Bridge and number 11 from Tollcross and Princes Street, both to Newhaven Road (Dudley Crescent stop). Buses 10 and 16 run from Tollcross and Princes Street to Lindsay Road (Chancelot Mill stop).
    Skylink Bus number 200 runs from the Airport to Ocean Terminal.

    Bicycle: Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is located on the Newhaven cycle path which runs behind the site and connects with Hawthornvale. There are bike racks at the ESW’s Reception entrance on Hawthornvale and outside MILK Cafe.

    Car: We encourage people to come by walking, bike or public transport where possible. A small amount of free parking is available on site at the workshop level in our car park. Access is from Hawthornvale, reached from Newhaven Road (which crosses Ferry Road) or from Lindsay Road (opposite Chancelot Mill).

    There is one Blue Badge parking space in the car park (close to the building) and there is also free on-street parking on Hawthornvale, although spaces are usually hard to find.

    Edinburgh Airport is a major international airport. Edinburgh can be reached by frequent tram or bus services direct from the airport, where car hire is also available. Edinburgh lies within about 1.5 hours of Glasgow and most of Central Scotland.


    Access Statement: We intend for ESW to be as accessible as possible and have provided further information below in order to help you prepare for your visit. Please contact us if you would like to ask questions or tell us about your experience using ESW.

    You can contact us by phone or email. We did a pilot of using the WelcoMe app during summer 2022 and would be interested to hear from our visitors if they think this is a useful service for ESW so we know whether to consider it in the future.

    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop has level access throughout.

    There is a lift and disabled toilets at café and reception levels. Rolling access is via the cycle path and cafe, or through the main reception from Hawthornvale. ESW is comprised of two buildings, the main Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, which houses the workshops (Level 0), main reception, studios, offices and Research Space (Level 1); and the Creative Laboratories, which houses a project space, outside working space and event and exhibition areas. The cafe is in the centre of these two buildings.

    Parking: There is one Blue Badge parking space in the ESW car park. The carpark located at Workshop level (0) and accessed from Hawthornvale. There is level access from the car park around the side of the building on a compacted gravel path (or on the adjoining cycle path) to Cafe MILK which is in the centre of our buildings.

    Pavement Access: There are pavements on both sides of Hawthornvale, some parts are narrow and cars park on the south side of the street.

    Main Entrance and Reception of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: The main front door (non-automatic), is on Hawthornvale at pavement level. It is attended by staff during opening hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm), and staff can assist with the door. There is an accessible height door bell if needed. For visitors using our workshops, studios, attending courses and events in the Research Space, this is the main entrance and where people sign in and out of the building.

    Courtyard and Creative Laboratories: This low building is the location for many of our public events, exhibitions, courses, artist commissions and weekend drop in workshops, for example on open days and during our summer programme. It can be accessed directly from the cycle path or by using the steps down from Hawthornvale or rolling access from Hawthornvale, via ESW’s carpark at the east of the building. This is also where Cafe MILK is located.

    Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities:
    There are toilets on Level 1 and Level 0, as well as beside the cafe and the Courtyard.
    There are four accessible toilets, one located one Level 1, along the corridor from ESW’s street-level entrance; and the other at Level 0, beside Cafe MILK. The further two accessible toilets are in the corners of the Courtyard so are available to people working in the Outdoor Learning Studio and attending events and courses.
    All our toilets are gender neutral.
    The accessible toilets all have baby changing tables in them.

    Lift and Ramps: There is a large lift between the three floors of the Bill Scott Sculpture Centre. The Creative Laboratories building has level access or ramps throughout.

    Flooring: The interior floors are all painted, smooth concrete, the Courtyard and Outdoor Learning Studio floor is also concrete.

    Sound: Some parts of ESW are quiet workspaces and others, for example the workshops, have high levels of sound (ear protection can be provided). Cafe MILK plays background music and can be noisy when there are lots of visitors.

    Lighting: Light levels vary across the building but most spaces are lit by a mix of daylight and overhead bulb lighting.

    Assistance Dogs: Are welcome at ESW.

    Large Print Information: If you require large print information, please visit and if you have any questions or need further information please contact us.

    For more access information please visit the Euan’s Guide website (external link).

    Getting to ESW: A Described Guide

    If you have any special needs or access requirements or if you want to know more about getting here
    call us on 0131 551 4490