5 December - McEwan Hall, 12pm - 4pm

Named after the founder of Edinburgh brewing firm William McEwan, this nineteenth century former civic hall dominates Bristo Square. Built in the Early Italian Renaissance style, the Hall’s bold facade is flanked by projecting towers, each arranged to contain separate spiral stairs for each gallery. The sculpture over the door by Farmer and Brindley of London depicts a graduation ceremony and a Latin inscription records McEwan’s generosity. The domed roof is surmounted by an ornamental lantern, 30 feet high. Following three years of major works costing £33m, the iconic McEwan Hall is a major asset for both the University and the city of Edinburgh.

Bristo Square, EH8 9AG.

Photo credit: Neil Hanna