The top of the High Street by Tom Gomez

The top of the High Street by 

The Hub, at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, is the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, and a central source of information on all the Edinburgh Festivals. Its gothic spire – the highest point in central Edinburgh – towers over the surrounding buildings, including the adjacent castle. The building was designed in collaboration by Edinburgh architect J Gillespie Graham, and the famous gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin, and constructed between 1842 and 1845.

The inside houses the Hub Cafe; Hub Tickets, the central box office for the International Festival, which also sells tickets for a wide range of other events; a Main Hall with a capacity of 420, used as a venue for concerts and so on; and two smaller venues, the Glass Room and the Dunard Library, suitable for smaller events.

Prior to the completion of the new Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood in 2004, the Hub was occasionally used for meetings of the Scottish Parliament when the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly Hall was unavailable. The Parliament returned to the Hub for two weeks following the collapse of a beam in its debating chamber on 2 March 2006.

What is now “The Hub” was built for the Church of Scotland both as a parish church and as a purpose-build General Assembly Hall. It was originally known as the Victoria Hall which became the Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church.

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland last met here in 1929, when the Church of Scotland united with the United Free Church of Scotland, thereafter using the former United Free Church’s Assembly Hall on The Mound (and continuing to this day.)

In 1979 the Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church building was closed, the congregation uniting with the nearby Greyfriars Kirk. The congregation had been notable for its services in Gaelic as well as English. The building was then virtually unused until becoming “The Hub”.

According to an employee at the “Camera Obscura”, there is a true story of a student who climbed the Hub and placed a traffic cone on the very top. According to the account, it took police, with the assistance of professional climbers, 3 days to get the cone back down!

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


1 shot RAW file converted to 3 exposures in photoshop raw converter, HDR’d and tonemapped in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...almost 6 years ago

    Good shot of the Hub there Tom. I’m always in the Ensign Ewart for a jar since I know the bar staff in there :) Can just see it on the right!

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 6 years ago

    Love the composition, Tom.. Hard to imagine the climb the student had to place a traffic cone on the very top… I would be dizzy by the second floor…

  • simba
    simbaalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Tom.

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 6 years ago

    lovely shot

  • LouDuk
    LouDukalmost 6 years ago


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