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45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
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  • Opening times 11am–6pm
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Covid-19 precautions

Please wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. This is for everyone’s safety and the Fruitmarket is happy to provide face coverings to you when you arrive. You will need to submit your details to Check in Scotland on arrival.
Last updated: 28 October 2021


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The Fruitmarket is closed for redevelopment until 2020, though the bookshop is operating as a pop up stall in Waverley Mall and can be accessed via Williams and Johnson Coffee Co.

Located behind Waverley train station, this world-class gallery showcases work by many of the leading names in contemporary art. An all-glass frontage allows passing pedestrians to observe the lower level of the gallery beyond the bookshop and café, and brings natural light to the top floor. The gallery's output includes exhibitions, commissions, interpretation, education and publishing in both print and electronic forms. Notable exhibitions include works by Lucy Skaer and Fred Tomaselli, and a retrospective of the Turner Prize-winning Glasgow artist Martin Creed.

A free, public space for culture in the heart of Edinburgh, the Fruitmarket provides inspiration and opportunity for artists and audiences.

We programme, develop and present world-class exhibitions, commissions, publications, performances, events and engagement activities, opening up the artistic process. Creativity makes space for meaning, and we create a welcoming space for people to think with contemporary art and culture in ways that are helpful to them – for free.

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  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Reviews & features

The Fruitmarket, one of Scotland's most popular galleries, reopens

6 Jul 2021

The Edinburgh venue has undergone a major expansion and relaunches with an exhibition from sculptor Karla Black

Getting art lovers back in the building for the first time since summer 2019, popular Edinburgh gallery the Fruitmarket reopens its doors tomorrow, Wednesday 7 July, following a £4.3m capital development and redesign by Reiach and Hall Architects. Its…

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery set to re-open this summer with an ambitious programme

29 Jan 2020

We take a look at what's in store for the contemporary art gallery following its multi-million pound redevelopment

The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh has been closed since September last year while major refurbishment and expansion works took place as part of a £3.75m development project. But the contemporary art gallery has announced it's set to reopen this…

Best free world-class art to enjoy in Edinburgh and Glasgow

21 Sep 2018

With a range of free galleries and exhibitions across both cities, there's plenty of scope to have a very arty day out on a shoestring budget

In Edinburgh, entry to all of the National Galleries doesn't cost a penny. The Scottish National Gallery on the Mound has one of the best fine art collections in the world, and is open daily (10am–6pm). Here, you'll find masterpieces by Botticelli…

Edinburgh Art Festival features of leading international and UK artists

2 Aug 2018

Major retrospectives of Rembrandt and Nolde are alongside work from emerging and established artists from Tacita Dean to Bill Viola

The Edinburgh Art Festival is in full swing, and whether you're a visual art fan who's already planning your itinerary or you just feel like taking a break from the tsunami of live performance, there are a lot of ways to see something a little quieter…

Independent shopping guide: Books

28 Mar 2011

Analogue, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Monorail are among our favourite hangouts

Some of our best and most enjoyable timewasting has been done in the independent bookshops and record stores of Edinburgh and Glasgow. So – apologies go out to the recently relocated, ever excellent Analogue Books with its unique collection of locally…