Nestled in the heart of the Royal Scottish Academy building, the Friends’ Room has been described as an ‘oasis’ away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh city centre.  A wonderful place to relax, grab a coffee and meet friends; the Friends’ Room is just one of the great benefits of being an RSA Friend.

The Room is decorated with the beautiful panels that used to hang in Crawford’s Tearoom on Hanover Street, designed by Robert Burns RSA.

The Friends’ Room has tea and coffee making facilities and a range of delicious shortbread and biscuits. RSA Friends are invited to bring a guest with them as part of their membership.

Opening Hours:
Monday –  Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Currently closed on Sundays

Accessing the Friend’s Room:
Entrance to the Friends’ Room is through the South Door of the RSA building (opposite the National Gallery of Scotland main entrance). Please make yourself known to staff at the door and show your Friends Membership card. You will be asked to sign in and will then be directed to the room.

Events (open only to RSA Friends):
 We have been running regular events in the Friends’ Room, a wonderful way to get to know your fellow Friends. The events are supported by our dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Gallery Group-quarterly drop-in discussion events where Friends are encouraged to come along and join a discussion about the current RSA exhibition and the wider Edinburgh Gallery Scene. Similar to a book group, “see the exhibition, then come and share your thoughts”!

Please contact the RSA Friends office for more information