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Located on the Cowgate in Edinburgh's central Old Town, Underbelly Cowgate is the beating heart of our festival operation during Fringe season and the place where it all began. The Cowgate plays host to seven of our performance spaces: Belly Button, Belly Dancer, Belly Laugh, Big BellyDelhi Belly, Iron Belly and White Belly, as well as several buzzing bars and the Cow Café, where you can grab a bite and decide which show to see next! 

66 Cowgate

Telephone: 0131 510 0395

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Our Cowgate venues carry historical architecture and infrastructure and the building itself is no longer used all year round, giving it a uniquely defunked charm. However, this means that accessibility is somewhat affected as a result. Entrance to the site from Victoria Street is via stairs and entrance from Cowgate is via a 10m cobbled lane on a slight incline. Those with some reduced mobility may be fine, whereas wheelchair users might find these entrances challanging. The Cow Café and Belly Dancer have ramped access with a nearby accessible toilet. The remainder of the venues are accessed via a spiral staircase. We would advise patrons with reduced mobility to allow extra time to get to the venues in Cowgate and make yourself known to a member of staff upon arrival. For more information on accessibility and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 0131 510 0395 or

If you are coming to see a show at an Underbelly venue during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you may be eligible for a complimentary seat for your personal assistant or carer, please contact to learn more.

Below you'll find some information on the number of steps between each area of Cowgate, should you require this information:

Victoria Street entrance to Victoria Street box office = 16 steps

Victoria Street box office to White Belly/Belly Laugh level = 22 steps

White Belly/Belly Laugh level to Jelly Belly bar level = 16 steps

Jelly Belly bar level to Beer Belly bar level = 16 steps

Cowgate lane up to Belly Button level = 15 steps

Belly Button level up to Big Belly level = 16 steps

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Heading out after midnight? NightBus runs from midnight to 4.30am. Buy a NightTicket (£3) on board the bus after 12am for unlimited travel on NightBus services until 4.30am. For more information visit

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