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The Caves

The Caves

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The Caves is a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or more Scottish, if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as "Whisky Row".

Every room has a story to tell and a special place in Scottish history -from vaults that served as the stables to the French Cavalry who were at one time body guards to the Royal Family, to remains of the houses that pre-date the Bridge itself - with the original terracotta floor tiles still intact!

Today, after over 100 years of being lost, the hidden  Edinburgh vaults were rediscovered and the original stone vaults of the Old Town Edinburgh have been magnificently restored by the current Managing Director, Norman Rowan junior.

With great regard for preserving the authenticity and history of this venue, for many years they have painstakingly excavated these vaults which is a  UNESCO World Heritage site, thus creating this spectacular and very unique venue...

Hiring The Caves

The Caves can be hired for almost any type of event. From  weddingspartiesMusic events and functions. Our staff are on hand to discuss all your requirements.

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Capacities and Information

The Caves - EVENTS 

Seated Dinner - Minimum guest numbers 60, maximum guest numbers 250 Reception - Minimum guest numbers 150, maximum guest numbers 400 (please note that there is a minimum food spend for weekend receptions) Music - clients have the option to play BACKGROUND music on a set MP3 playlist through our system or arrange alternative entertainment (Bands, DJs etc) PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CAN HOST LARGER EVENTS BY USING BOTH THE CAVES AND THE ROWANTREE AS ONE VENUE                                               

The Caves - WEDDINGS 

Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast - Minimum guest numbers 65 adults or 80 adults on a Friday and Saturday date, maximum guest numbers 150 Evening Reception - Maximum guest numbers 450. 

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We ♥ The Caves
  • Huge thank you from everyone at Heriot Watt SBC to The Caves! Everyone had an amazing night for our graduation ball and would definitely recommend this venue - absolutely beautiful and amazing service - Lisa was a huge help to us in the organisation and Ewen and Lisa made everything run very smoothly on the night. Lovely details and set the perfect atmosphere for what we wanted. Thank you!

    Natalie Smithvia Facebook
  • Hi Caroline and everyone else at The Caves, I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for organising such an amazing day for us on Saturday 2nd July in The Caves! We had an absolute ball at our wedding! Thank you for everything!

    Kate and Michaelvia email
  • 'We had our wedding reception at The Caves in February and from start to the 3am finish it was brilliant! The meetings and assistance with planing were fantastic and really reassuring, every time I had a new question someone got back to me right away and the staff are so professional and organised that it really does take the stress away. We were a little concerned about the food because we didn't do the trial; it was delicious, I know I'm biased but it's the best food I've had at a wedding and loads of the guests commented on it too. The venue looked incredible, all of our guests are from away as we're English and haven't lived in Edinburgh for that long so they'd never been before and they were blown away, it looks truly spectacular on the day. The staff are relaxed, friendly and professional - nothing is too much trouble - the food is delicious and the venue is stunning. We loved it! Thanks Caves '

    Mike and Julie via email
  • Hi Rebecca Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Caves who helped make Blair and I's wedding day so special. We had an absolute blast, as did our guests. The day ran so smoothly, the food was exceptional (so many of our guests made a point of saying how great it was!), and the front of house managers were brilliant. It was such an amazing day. Thanks again.

    Kirsty and Blairvia email
  • We had a fabulous evening at The Caves on Saturday for Marcus's 21st. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and was very complimentary about the venue. We couldn't have done it without you - huge thanks to you and the rest of the team on the night, everyone was very professional. Ewen deserves particular thanks for managing everything so perfectly - he couldn't have been more helpful.

    Lucyvia email
  • 'As we approach our first wedding anniversary on 21st March, I thought now would be a perfect time to officially thank you and the rest of the staff at The Caves for giving us a truly fabulous wedding reception. A huge thank you to you for your excellent organisation and to all the staff for their enthusiasm and laid back but attentive attitude all through the evening, especially Ewan who looked after us so well. The Caves is such a special and spectacular venue, intimate with a real wow factor and we enjoyed absolutely every minute of our experience with you from making the booking right through to leaving at the end of the night. So many of our guests have commented on how incredible it was - especially the excellent quality of the food and service. Nothing about our experience with The Caves was run of the mill, which was exactly what we wanted. I can't thank you enough.

    Martin and Kim via card
  • We would like to say a special thank you to you and everyone who was working on the 25th of October, You all did an amazing job and turned our wedding day into the most perfect and relaxed day. So again a massive thank you to all of you, it was such a pleasure to deal with you!

    Laure & Vincentvia card
  • I am writing on behalf of the SELMAS Committee to thank you for the great service we had at our Conference at the Caves last week. Our delegates were blown away by the venue – it was definitely one of the stars of the event and that’s a first for us! It looked amazing, the food was great and the service was fist class. We were given everything we asked for and much was anticipated for us in advance of even asking. We would most certainly use the Caves again and would thoroughly recommend it to others.

    Gillianvia email
  • To ALL the staff at The Caves who made Sascha's Bar Mitzvah such an incredible night! The feedback we have had is immense, all together we blew everyones minds and expectations and I think the night will be one which will be remembered by many for many years to come. Thank you for all the additional efforts in the planning and orchestration of the Big Band entrance it was "007 AMAZING" and thanks to your seamless co-ordination....IT WORKED!!!!

    Rachel and Andrewvia letter
  • Hello everyone, Sorry it has taken us a while to get around to messaging you, we had an extra few days in Edinburgh and then it took us a while to come down from cloud 9, plus we have a Halloween themed wedding to attend this Saturday too! We both wanted to express our thanks for such a wonderful day and night. Everybody was simply blown away with the venue, the friendliness of the staff and of course the food, we honestly did not hear a bad word about anything, and both of us had the best day ever, so thank you so much! I'm afraid we can't remember all of the individual names but a few staff in particular really stood out, so thanks very much again. We are now looking forward to planning and saving for our honeymoon, and our 1 year anniversary is already planned in Edinburgh again and we cannot wait.

    Sean & Lauravia email
  • I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us. The day was perfect and everything ran so smoothly. We really appreciate everything that you, and all the rest of the staff did. Chris was particularly fantastic and helpful.

    Orla and Jonnyvia email
  • Lindsay and I can't thank you enough, we had the most magical day!! It was absolutely amazing. The Caves looked stunning, thank you for letting me use my crazy imagination and bringing all the decorations smile you got me! So thank you. The service throughout the day was immaculate, Chris was fabulous! Nothing was too much trouble for him. The waiting staff were so professional and smiley!! It was perfect. Thank you for making it so magical smile

    Mr and Mrs Bleakley (Lindsay and Nicky)via email
  • I would like to thank all the staff at the Caves for a wonderful day on Sunday, my daughter's wedding. Everything worked like clockwork, the venue was very romantic and atmospheric, the food was delicious and presented perfectly and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. The only negative thing about the day was that it had to end! Thank you all so much for giving, not only the bride and groom a wonderful day, but also for giving all the guests a day to remember.

    Nualavia email
  • I just wanted to email to say thank you for everything on Friday - and all the days leading up to it. We've been impressed with your organisation and efficiency all the way along and I'm so glad it all paid off. It must be a complete nightmare making sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can and trying to herd everyone to be in the right place at the right time. I suspect we were pretty frustrating so thank you for your patience! Thanks too for such a wonderful meal and for making such an effort with the tables and candles. The whole place looked beautiful. If we need to do anything at all, please let us know. Thanks again. We're aware of how lucky we are to have had such a lovely day

    Elizabeth and Barryvia email
  • Hi Lisa, I would like to thank you and your for the fantastic service and lovely food provided by your staff on Tuesday evening. It was such a memorable evening and enjoyed by everyone. The atmosphere in the venue was amazing. Thank you also for all your help in the organisation prior to the event.

    Jessicavia email
  • Just a wee email to thank you & all the staff for everything on Sunday. Ally & I had an amazing day, we could do it all over again. The whole day was perfect.

    Mr & Mrs Pattersonvia email
  • Thank you so, so much for all the hard work and effort you put into arranging our wedding on May 2nd. The entire day was perfect, and we are so thankful for everything you did for us. Lisa – thank you for remaining so patient with all our silly questions in the run up, and for all your help and suggestions for decorating the venue, we absolutely loved it. Chris (and the entire on-the-day team) – thank you so much for keeping us so well informed in what was a blur of a day, and for the friendly and professional running of the day. It all went perfectly and was entirely due to the wonderful staff at The Caves. Thank you for giving us a perfect wedding day!

    Beth and Blairvia card
  • I just wanted to drop you a line to say what a truly fantastic evening we had on Saturday. It was such a memorable event for us, getting people back together after more than twenty years. Your team did a superb job. The food was delicious, service was great, and we felt looked after all evening. I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to be one of the party organisers, but with absolutely nothing to worry about from the moment we arrived to the moment we left! I have had so many compliments from various guests about the evening in general and the choice of venue in particular (see below). So a huge big thank you to Chris and all the team on the night, and of course to you for helping us along the way. If you can bear to have us, I think we might well be back in a few years time! all best wishes, and again very many thanks, Jessica "Thank you for organising such an epic evening in what has to be the coolest venue on the planet!" "What an absolute hoot girls!! Well done getting everyone together and choosing such a cracking venue. Blown away by what a blast it was, want to do it all over again already!" "What a awesome epic weekend! Feeling frazzled but still high reminiscing.... A knock out!!! Unbeatably brilliant from start to finish... " "What a night, what a blast. Thank you or making it all possible. Am still riding on the crest of the reunion wave! Superb night. What a total joy to see everyone. Girls, thanks a million times for bringing us all together. So special. "What a huge huge success last night was - I just can’t believe it’s over!!!! Enormous thanks to you (and the team), it truly was an unforgettable night."

    Jessicavia email
  • T all of the wonderful staff at The Caves. Thank you so much for organizing and being a part of our Wedding on the 8th April 2015. You were all amazing, not only on the day, but also in the planning. Thank you for keeping me calm! We can't recommend you enough! What a beautiful venue and wonderful staff! Thankyou!

    Melanie and Matthewvia letter
  • We cannot thank you enough for being the best venue we could have wished for for our wedding last Saturday. The team took the time to organise all the personal touches we wanted, the staff were great and we literally had the best day ever- couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks again x

    Louise and Neilvia email
  • Now that the dust has settled can I just say WOW!!!! I can't tell you how amazing our day / night was!!!!!! We can not thank you & the rest of The Caves staff for helping us realise our dreams last Friday, an absolutely amazing job!!!! In particular Jenna we can not thank you enough, you personally did an outstanding job &, again we'd like that to be recognised so if there is anyone in particular we can reference that to then let us know. Hope your weekend was as good as ours!!!!!

    Elaine and Kirsty via email
  • A massive thank you to all the staff, who made Mathew and Adrianne's Wedding day such a huge success. Thank you all.

    Archie & Jacquivia card
  • I wanted to write and thank all of the staff at The Caves for making our wedding on the 11th so wonderful. Particularly to the Wedding Team and Manager, Chris, and the staff working that day who were excellent. Our guests all commented on how impressed they were with the venue, the catering and the service. We also had many guests saying that it was the best wedding that they'd ever been to. We would agree but then we are rather biased. We also wanted to say that as a gay couple, finding a venue that would treat us with courtesy and sensitivity was really important and, even though it's increasingly rare these days, you do still hear of horror stories for some gay couples trying to book venues. We would happily recommend you to anyone! In fact, we originally approached you because we had used a quote from a female couple a few years ago who had their civil partnership at The Caves. We knew therefore that we would be welcome. Anyway, thank you again for giving us the best day of our lives. We will never forget it.

    Ewan & Stewartvia email
  • Daryl and I had the most amazing time on Friday and there is absolutely nothing we would of changed about it. Everyone said what a perfect venue it was and how it truly reflected us. I loved in particular that nothing much, if at all, needs done to decorate the venue as it screams character and provides a romantic setting without even trying. I can't thank you, Caroline, enough for all of the support over the last year and you truly made the process a lot easier for me. I don't even want to count the amount of emails I have sent you, especially the ones the night before the wedding. I loved how I could ask you any question and you always gave me a practical answer. You were the best wedding planner I could have asked for! Ewen, your service and attentiveness was incredible on Friday, all of the family have commented on how great you were and I'm sorry for being so late... You covered this up so smoothly as we began to run late. Everything ran perfectly, even with the builders and the cement thing, but it only added a unique anecdote for us in the future. You were definitely more worried than we were. I cried, when I came to collect our things on Tuesday, not sad tears but tears because I was reminded of what an incredible day we had at The Caves. I hope we will be back in the future. To be honest, I'm already planning an anniversary party here, in my head. Take care everyone and I hope business continues to boom. This is only a great reflection on the amazing service you provide and the magical setting that is The Caves.Caves good

    Sam and Daryl via email
  • Sam and I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to you and your whole team! Our big day went wonderfully, we could not have asked for anything more! The staff on the night were fab and so, so helpful! Throughout the whole wedding process you have been great and so helpful, you helped make it as stress free as possible! We absolutely loved the caves, it was so special and our wedding guests loved it just as much. We had compliments on the venue all night long! We enjoyed all of our time in Edinburgh and can't wait to come back. Thanks again and good luck with your new arrival

    Mr & Mrs McIlwain via email
  • We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone at The Caves for an incredible evening! It was perfect! The atmosphere, the ambiance, the appearance of everything was amazing. All of our guests said it was incredible. Thank you so very much and to the whole team there that made our wedding reception perfect!

    Bernada and Mattvia email
  • Thanks so much for your hard work and patience at making the event such a success. It was an absolutely brilliant night and everyone had a smashing time. I must admit I was incredibly proud to host the event at The Caves and it really didn’t fail to impress the company and all of our guests! It would be great if you could pass on special thanks to Ewen as he was a great event manager on the night. I can’t tell you how impressed I was by him ‘having our back’ as it over and above and ensured that we didn’t go overboard. I’d happily recommend your venue to anyone having an event and would absolutely use it again in the future.

    Market Gravityvia email
  • Thank you for all of your help to make Friday such an amazing day. John and I had the best time and loved every minute of it. Our guests had a fabulous time too and all commented on how great the venue was. The food was fabulous and the staff were so friendly and did everything we asked to help make our day special in whatever way they could. The Caves was the most amazing place to get married in and left a lasting impression on many people. For John and I, it will always be a very special place. Thank you for all of your help and for keeping me calm in the run up to the day!

    Lucy and Johnvia email
  • To everyone at The Caves, Thank you so much for helping us have such a wonderful time on our wedding day. At every stage of planning you were helpful, patient and friendly. All of our guests loved the venue aswell. We both felt so well looked after on the day itself, all the staff were brilliant and nothing seemed to be any trouble for them. Our heart felt thanks and best wishes,

    Graham and Julievia a beautiful personalised letter
  • Lovely to meet you today. Can I just say that you and all of your colleagues with whom we’ve corresponded or have met in person have been wonderful? Unfailingly patient, listening and enthusiastic! We love The Caves. I left today thinking – we’ve found the perfect place to marry. We are very happy.

    Ewan and Stewartvia email
  • We had our son and his wife's wedding at your venue on Friday 20th March. Your staff were amazing, the venue is fantastic and the food was cosmic!!!!!! I would like to thank you for your attention to detail, the friendliness and efficiency of your staff and the professionalism of your service delivery. I would recommend you anytime!

    NICOLA AND MARTIN via email
  • 'To Rebecca, Just a little note to say a huge thank you for all your hard work and organisation in planning our very special wedding day. We had the most wonderful day and our guests have been so complimentary about the venue, food and very efficient team. Thank you for making it a wonderful day to remember.

    Claire and Mikeyvia card
  • I just wanted to email and thank you all so much for such a great day on 29th. Everything went exactly according to plan, except the Best Man's speech (mortifying!) and ran perfectly on schedule. Your front of house manager was a delight, please pass on my thanks to him for looking after us so well. Everyone absolutely loved the venue and thought it was so different. The food was exquisite and you had the tables laid out exactly as I wanted. Thanks very much again,

    Ellie (and Dominic)via email
  • Hi Rebecca Thank you so much for all your help, there are not enough words to describe myself and Maxwells thanks and appreciation. We had the best day and everything went so perfect. It was a brilliant day. Thanks to Chris too he was great and the day went without a single issue. You all are amazing!! Thank you!

    Gillian and Maxwellvia email
  • Can I just express again how brilliant you and the venue was for our BIG day last Saturday, it was fantastic. Everyone that I have talked to so far has said what a brilliant night it was in a stunning venue so again many thanks!

    Janie & Keithvia email
  • To Ailidh and All The Staff at The Caves Thank you all soo much for all your help and the extra lengths you went to to make our Wedding this special.

    Gordon and Sarahvia letter
  • My daughter and son-in-law married in The Caves on 23rd July 2016. The venue speaks for itself and Ailidh, our wedding co-ordinator was fantastic in helping us about adding the personal touches on the day.What a lovely young and gracious lady! The staff were so helpful and cheerful even though we did run a little late due to the Bride arriving late.The meal was superb and service impeccable.Throughout the evening the staff continued in the happy cheerful manner that had been around from an early start.At the end of the night they helped in so many ways to arrange the return of the personal items we had used in adding personal touches. All guests commented on staff and fantastic food. In conclusion Ailidh in particular and the remaining staff catering ,bar ,and the security person contributed to making a very special day a relaxed and wonderful occasion for the happy couple and all guests.Many ,many thanks.X

    Lynne and Jamesvia email

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