Since 1846, the College has been based in Queen Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Throughout the centuries, we have continually adapted our buildings to make the best use of the space available and meet the needs of physicians.

We pride ourselves on making the College as accessible as possible to physicians around the world. You can access our educational events and courses in person on Queen Street or via live webstream to 30 countries around the world.

Improving access to the College

Proposed conference centre foyerIn order for us to remain at the forefront of health education, we have developed plans to transform access to our buildings, improving the experience for visitors to the College and creating a new public exhibition space to showcase our collections.

Our plans have received planning permission and listed building consent, and work will take place between October 2017 and October 2018. 

The development will improve accessibility to our stunning Great Hall, historic rooms, and our Conference Centre, one of the largest of its kind in Edinburgh, and enhance our conference facilities.  The Conference Centre has enabled us to provide physicians with an extensive educational programme and offers a complete hub for conferences and events.

We have appointed Taylor & Fraser Ltd, who have extensive experience of delivering construction projects in historic buildings and challenging city-centre locations, as the principal contractor for this project.

Our plans

View our plans to transform access to our buildings and improve our conference centre.

Donate today

If you would like to contribute to our appeal or simply find out more about our plans, please use the link below or get in touch with us directly.

If you are a UK taxpayer, all of these options allow you to add GiftAid free of charge. This makes your donation worth 25% more, with no additional cost.

Help us reach our goal by visiting our online donations page:

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Get involved

We are continuing to fundraise to meet our ambitions for the Conference Centre.

Having already gained the financial support of Edinburgh-based organisations, we are seeking support from businesses and agencies across the UK with an interest in education and heritage, as well as from other societies around the World.

To achieve the funding target needed to deliver our longer-term plans we are continuing to seek a combination of grants, corporate and charitable donations, with a particularly focus on working with those in the fields of culture, medicine and heritage.

If you know of any individuals or organisations who may wish to support the ongoing development of our buildings and facilities, please contact Elaine Tait at (link sends e-mail)


RCPE Manchester

RCPE Manchester, a partnership between the College and the Manchester Academic Health Science Partnership, will deliver a programme of clinical and academic learning, training and research in the north of England. The Collaboration will create new opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and expertise between the two organisations.