ICARB 2023 Conference will be held in the historic City Chambers of Edinburgh. With the Plenary sessions held in the great Council Room overlooking Princess Street Gardens with views east to the North Sea and north across the New Town to the Lomond Hills of the Kingdom of Fife west over the Firth of Forth to the highlands beyond. Originally designed as the Royal Exchange by Robert Adam in 1753, then taken over by the town by the City Council. The later 19th century Chamber is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has been used in the filming of the 1995 film Braveheart and for the TV series Belgravia in 2019.

Refreshments and the Reception will be held in the European Room, one of the most impressive spaces in the City Chambers with its walls lined with paintings by William Hole RSA depicting scenes from six centuries of Edinburgh’s history. The five workshops will be held in a range of ornate and richly furnished meeting rooms in the City Chambers providing delegates with a unique opportunity to experience one of the great buildings of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Castle Party

Edinburgh Castle is the spectacular venue for the ICARB 2023 Conference Party. This rare opportunity to experience festivities in its historic rooms the ticketed event on Monday 25th September 2023 will commence at 7pm and run till 10.30pm, accompanied by a traditional Scottish Piper.


There has been a castle on this rock for at least the two thousand years, since the reign of David I in the 12th century. In 1633 when its buildings became principally a military barracks. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in some 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been the one of the most attacked fortresses in the world. It is also a wonderful place for a party, offering panoramic vistas across the city, the Firth of Forth and the southern uplands of Scotland.

On arrival delegates will be offered a private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels followed by a reception of drinks and canapés in The Queen Anne Building in the heart of the Castle within Crown Square. Accompanied by the sounds of Scottish Music this will be a chance to relax and meet friends and delegates from around the globe in this world class setting in a building is on the site of the Royal Gunhouse which in medieval times and would have been where the famous canon Mons Meg was housed when she arrived in 1457, a gift from Philip III of France.

Tickets for the party are £45 a head including VAT


The Edinburgh Bar + Block  is situated near to the Castle and offers affordable food or post-conference drinks.

Here are some more options for food available nearby:

Restaurant Type Address Phone no
Tattu Chinese, International, Asian 18 West Register Street, EH2 2AA   +44 131 558 1922
The Witchery Grill, Scottish, Vegetarian Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2NF +44 131 225 5613
Hanam Kurdish Grill House Lebanese, Mediterranean, Healthy 3 Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW +44 131 225 1329
Byron Hamburger 29-31 High Street, EH1 1SF +44 131 556 0930
Maxies Bistro & Wine Bar European, British, Scottish 5B Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW +44 131 226 7770
Nok’s Kitchen on the Castle Asian, Thai, Healthy 5A Johnston Terrace, EH1 2PW +44 131 225 6633
Monteith’s Restaurant British, Scottish 61 High Street, EH1 1SR +44 131 557 0330
Shamoli Asian and Indian 105 High Street, EH1 1SG +44 131 558 1497
Gordons Trattoria Italian 231 High Street, EH1 1PE + 44 131 225 7992
Bella Italia Italian, Pizza 54-56 Northbridge, EH1 1SB +44 131 378 1918