Riddle’s Court – A Blast from the Past

So you’re already thinking of attending Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year? Great! Make sure PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court is on your itinerary.

When visiting PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court you’ll find yourself within a remarkable Grade II listed merchant’s house which is expertly transformed over the Edinburgh Fringe season into three fabulous performance spaces. It features beautifully painted ceilings, authentic fireplaces, and has recently undergone a glorious £6 million restoration and refurbishment.


It is one of the most fascinating places in the back closes of ‘Auld Reekie’ and of course, perfectly situated close to the Royal Mile for the Fringe period. Riddle’s Court was in fact a creation of Bailie John McMorran who built a new mansion for himself in 1590. The name Riddle didn’t become attached until around 140 years later when George Riddle, a wealthy tradesman reconstructed part of the frontage on the Lawnmarket and so the premises took his name – ‘Riddle’s Court’. It later became the home to the famous philosopher David Hume in 1751 and even King James VI himself attended a banquet here!

Talk about the Royal Mile!

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