The Visitor Centre

The Water of Leith Visitor Centre is situated in a renovated schoolhouse by the Water of Leith. It combines a free exhibition together with a cafe selling teas, coffees and snacks. There’s also a gift shop selling books and souvenirs. The Centre is accessible to wheelchairs throughout and caters well for families with young children. 

The centre serves as a base for our volunteer conservation activities and includes rooms available to hire for events and birthday parties.

Open Daily
10am to 4pm

Our Visitor Centre and Community Cafe  is open year round, staffed by our lovely volunteer team, pop in for excellent value refreshments and all manner of river information. 


Community Café

Our volunteer run café serves delicious snacks, coffees & teas – enjoy sit-in or takeaway

Café Opening Times

CLOSED FROM 22nd December  to 4th January


The Heritage Zone

Explore information panels describing the walkway, the river’s past, its bridges, its industry, and its people.

The Tall Panel Zone

Reveal what ‘we share the river with …….!!’

Focusing on the wildlife that lives in the river’s corridor, find out what birds, mammals, invertebrates, fish and plants share the river with us – you can even find out the problems we humans cause.

Interactive Zone

Where the experience comes alive.

Cause a flood, try to stop the giant waterwheel turning, control the sluices as you splash around these large stainless steel interactive models. On the unique ‘Call of the Wild Wall‘ listen for the sights and sounds of the river bank. Finally, get up close to the river’s creepy crawlies through the video ‘Bioscope‘.

Experience a guided walk or illustrated talk to really discover Edinburgh’s river. We have a programme to suit any age or ability and it is available 7 days a week.

Book an outdoor environmental themed party for your child. Our experienced staff offer a unique birthday experience. Suitable for 5 to 11 year olds.

We have 2 lovely rooms for hire at the Centre for meetings, small conferences, training courses and events.

We offer engaging outdoor educational programmes for school groups inc. Nursery, Primary, Secondary and JASS workshops.

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How To Find Us

The Water of Leith Visitor Centre is situated in a renovated schoolhouse by the Water of Leith at Lanark Road in Slateford, easily accessible 4 miles west of Edinburgh City Centre on the A70.

Bus numbers 34 and 44 stop outside the Centre.

Our Address:

Water of Leith Visitor Centre
24 Lanark Road
EH14 1TQ