Custom House Leith


Custom House is a new opportunity for creative people to build a buzzing hive of activity in the heart of Leith. We have a blank canvas for you to transform. Custom House, built in 1812, on the edge of the Shore, can be turned into a venue for your latest event, pop up, or become the home for your creative start-up.

The inspiring and unique space at the heart of Leith’s vivacious creative area, will suit any type of event from the grandiose to the quirky. You will find a huge range of rooms for all occasions. The labyrinth of space includes two large main halls plus flexible space for studios, performing arts, meetings, conferences, offices, weddings, workshops, recitals, fundraisers, concerts, gallery/exhibitions, films, markets and celebrations.

The building is reawakening from its slumber as a store for museum artefacts and is evolving from its early life as custom house for ships arriving into Leith. Scottish Historic Buildings Trust is the charity looking for interesting pop-up uses for the building – meaning that for the next five or so years the building really is a blank canvas for people to do realise their creative ambitions. All proceeds from the letting of the building will go towards its ongoing upkeep and future restoration.

If you’ve always wanted to showcase your art work or rollerblade between historic rooms or just have a space to be creative – we have an area for you.

Call for Community Projects

Custom House, Leith is becoming a bustling centre for creative industries serving the local community. To continue this historic venue’s revival, SHBT is now calling for proposals on how space inside the building can
be utilised for short term community projects from one-off events to programmes lasting up to two weeks. 

You can download the PDF guidance for Customs House by clicking here.

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If you are interested in renting any of the spaces available please contact our Edinburgh office via the undernoted details.

T 0131 220 1232

The Glasite Meeting House,
33 Barony Street,