This guide explains the facilities available at the Traverse
Theatre and should help you to plan your visit. The Access Guide is
available by request in Large Print or Audio CD. Please call our
Box Office on 0131 228 1404 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the guide in one of these
There are two theatres: Traverse 1 which seats around 216 and
Traverse 2 which is our smaller, more intimate studio space and
seats around 100 people.
Arrival and access
From the Cambridge Street entrance there is level access
and two sets of automatic doors into the Ground Floor
Foyer where the Box Office is situated.
There are adapted toilets on the ground and
lower ground Bar Café levels. There is a lift to all
levels with Braille signage and an audible announcer.
For lift access to Traverse 1 or Traverse 2
please make yourself known to Front of House staff on arrival.
Access to theatre level is only possible using a key, so the Front
of House Duty Manager will meet and accompany you to the theatre
once the house is open and of course collect you at the end of the
There are 20 stairs from Ground Floor to Bar Café on Lower
Ground, 29 stairs from Bar Café to Traverse 1 at Stage Level and 29
stairs from Bar Café to Traverse 2 at Stage Level.
- telephone: 0131 228 1404
- website: www.traverse.co.uk
Tickets can be booked in person at the Traverse Box Office on
the Ground Floor between Monday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm and
until the show time on performance days.
To book a wheelchair space, borrow a wheelchair for your visit
or for any further access requirements please email
email@example.com or call 0131 228 1404
Artlink offers an escort service to help people with disability
to enjoy the arts and can be contacted directly at www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk
or call 0131 229 3555
Guide and hearing dogs
Guide and hearing dogs are welcome at the Traverse Theatre.
Please let the Box Office know when booking so we can arrange the
most suitable seats.
Sign language interpreted
Sign language interpretation is a way of communicating dialogue,
songs and sound effects to provide access for British Sign Language
If you wish to attend a sign language interpreted performance
and to reserve seats with the best view of the interpreter please
inform Box Office at the time of booking.
Audio description is a way of communicating the visual elements
of a theatre production for blind and visually impaired people.
Information is relayed as a live commentary to a personal
headset and ranges from character backgrounds, the appearance of
the set and interactions during the performance.
For selected performances, a touch tour of the set may be
available 45 minutes before the start of the show. This is led by
the audio describer and members of the Traverse staff who will meet
you in the Bar Café.
The touch tour gives the opportunity to feel the structure and
the texture of the set, props and costumes.
If you wish to attend a touch tour, reserve a seat and to book
your personal headset for the audio described performance please
inform the Box Office at time of booking. Headsets will be
available from Front of House staff 30 minutes before the
For more information on audio description in Scotland http://www.adascotland.com/
Hearing enhancement is amplified sound to a personal headset via
an infra-red transmitter which allows you to have control of the
sound level from stage. This service is suitable for low to
moderate hearing loss and can be used in conjunction with existing
hearing aids. If you wish to book your personal headset for the
hearing enhancement please inform the Box Office at time of
booking. Headsets will be available from Front of House staff 30
minutes before the performance starts.
Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible
text that provides deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access
to live performance. If you wish to attend a captioned performance
and to reserve seats with the best view of the captioning unit
please inform Box Office at the time of booking.
0.3 miles from Lothian Bus services on Lothian Road:
1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 25, 30, 34, N8, N16, N22 N30, N31,
- 0.8 miles from Waverley Train Station
- 0.6 miles from Haymarket Train Station
- 4 blue badge bays on Cambridge Street
- 0.2 miles from Castle Terrace Car Park
- Pay & Display on-street parking in surrounding streets
- Drop off point at main entrance to Traverse Theatre
- 0.1 miles from Taxi rank on Lothian Road outside Sheraton
We hope to welcome you to the Traverse in the near future.