Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to pay to get into Underbelly venues?
All Underbelly shows are ticketed. Certain productions get fully booked during peak times, so we recommend that you book in advance on the website where possible. It's free to enter the Underbelly sites, however, so you can sit and enjoy a drink in our George Square or Cowgate venues. You will need a ticket for a show at the Circus Hub in order to buy alcohol at this venue.
2. Is there a cloakroom?
Unfortunately we do not currently provide a cloakroom service.
3. What time are the sites open from?
Our sites open at 10:00am.
4. How do I get to Underbelly?
Our Underbelly venues are located at three main sites, a 10-minute walk from each other: Cowgate, George Square and Circus Hub on The Meadows. Please be sure to check which venue your show is on at, and look up the locations here.
5. How can I locate my lost property?
For all lost property queries, please email email@example.com
6. How can I perform at the festival?
We welcome applications to perform with us at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. If you would like to perform your show at an Underbelly venue, you can find out more and fill out an application here.
7. What time does the box office open?
Cowgate: 10:15 - 01:00
George Square: 10:30 - 00:00
Circus Hub: 11:00 - 23:00
Med Quad: 11:45 - 23:00
Topside/Potterrow: 11:00 - 22:45
8. How do I purchase a ticket?
We recommend that you buy tickets in advance from the Underbelly Edinburgh website, subject to availability and booking fees. For times and prices go to our What's On page. You can also call our booking line on 0844 545 8252, 7 days a week from 10:00am until 11:00pm.
9. Can I buy a ticket on the day at the box office?
Yes, you can buy a ticket on the day. However, we would strongly recommend that you buy your tickets online, in order to avoid long queues. There are box offices at Cowgate, George Square and Circus Hub, from which you can buy tickets for any Underbelly event. Please arrive in plenty of time if choosing this option. You can also buy tickets from these box offices for shows at Assembly, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance.
10. Can I exchange my tickets?
Tickets are non-exchangeable, non-transferrable and non-refundable.
11. How do I get my tickets?
If you have opted to receive your tickets in the post, these will begin to be posted out in early July. Tickets will be posted in chronological order by purchase date. To avoid tickets being lost in transit, all orders placed after mid-July will be available for collection at the box office.
12. What should I do if I haven't received my tickets?
If you have booked tickets for an Underbelly event through the official Underbelly Edinburgh website but have not received or cannot print your ticket confirmation, please see a member of the box office team upon arrival where they can assist you further. Please allow extra time for assistance at the box office as queues are likely. If you bought your tickets from another outlet, please contact them directly.
13. What if there is a problem with my ticket?
If you purchased your ticket from the Underbelly Edinburgh website please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you bought your ticket from another venue or through the Fringe box office, please contact them directly. Remember, you must bring your ticket with you in order to gain admission to your show. Please note: all tickets are non-exchangeable, non-transferrable and non-refundable.
14. What do you class as a concession?
We offer concessionary tickets for students, OAPs, under 16s, registered disabled, and registered unemployed.
15. Are there discounts for groups and school bookings?
Yes. A 10% group discount is available on bookings of 10 or more tickets. You can make your group booking over the phone by calling our box office on 0844 545 8252. Please note: all tickets are non-exchangeable, non-transferrable and non-refundable. We do strongly advise all groups carry out their own Risk Assessment prior to their visit.
16. What age do you class as a child?
17. Are there age restrictions for accessing the festival sites?
Whilst the site is suitable for children of all ages, we would suggest that children are accompanied at all times by a person of 18 years or over. After 9:00pm, no person under the age of 16 will be allowed in unless accompanied by a person of 18 years or over.
18. What facilities do you have for babies?
We have baby change facility within our accessible toilets at George Square and Cowgate. Buggy users may leave these at their own risk with a member of front of house staff at Bristo Square. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate buggies at Cowgate.
19. Where can I direct my access queries?
If you require accessibility assistance, please call us directly to make your booking on 0844 545 8252, 7 days a week from 10:00am – 11:00pm.
20. How can I make an access booking?
Access bookings should be made via the Underbelly booking line (0844 545 8252), Fringe Access, or in person at an Underbelly Box Office.
If you are coming to see a show at an Underbelly venue, you may be eligible for a complimentary seat for your personal assistant or carer, please contact email@example.com to learn more, or fill out this form to register yourself on our access list. For more information on accessibility and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 0844 545 8282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
21. Is there disabled parking?
Full details and locations of street Blue Badge parking bays can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council website or you can call them on 0131 469 3891.
22. What about toilet facilities?
A number of accessible toilet facilities are available around our sites.
23. Do you have parking facilities?
We recommend that visitors avoid coming by car where possible. However, for those who do travel by car, on-street pay-to-park spaces are available in the streets surrounding our sites between 8.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Outside of these hours, parking is free. There is also an NCP car park within the Quartermile development (EH3 9AU), a short walk from either of our sites.
24. Is photography and filming allowed at Underbelly?
Photography and filming on site is only allowed for personal use. If you have any commercial or editorial photography or filming requests, please contact our press office to request accreditation in advance of arriving at: email@example.com. All amateur photographer groups must also request photography accreditation in advance of arriving on site. We thank you for your co-operation.
25. What is your sustainability policy?
Visitors are strongly encouraged to travel to Underbelly on foot, by bike or by using public transport. Underbelly will provide suitable facilities for visitors, performers, traders and operators to recycle their waste and all site waste will be sorted off site to divide out recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Power, lighting and water usage is minimised wherever possible. Traders and operators will be encouraged to procure products from sustainable sources where possible and the vast majority of the Underbelly infrastructure is permanent or is re-used year after year. Underbelly uses local staff and crew where possible and encourages performers, traders and operators to do the same.
26. Where can I send feedback?
We're interested to hear your feedback - if there's anything that isn't covered in the above, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
27. Are dogs allowed in the venues?
Only guide dogs are allowed to enter our venues.
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