Locked In Edinburgh: Can You Escape From an Old Gin Distillery

Whether you’re a local or a tourist in Edinburgh, you’ll love Locked in Edinburgh. Escape Rooms are some of the most fun activities you can enjoy. In a rainy city like Edinburgh, sometimes you need a good indoor adventure to partake in.

Afraid that those small cages in the photo are a little small? Don’t be scared; that’s not how the rooms work. You’ll have a lot more space than that.

What is an Escape Room?

If you’ve never been to an escape room before, I have to say you’re missing out on loads of fun. Escape rooms are basically a room or series of rooms in which you have to solve puzzles and clues in order to “escape.” Most rooms have time limits of an hour and allow teams of 2-5 people. The teams who design the escape rooms are free to use any tricks, traps or tools to create the game. I won’t give anything away, beyond saying things like magnets, clocks, water puzzles, some good circuitry and a whole lot of locks are normally used.

Escape rooms first started in Japan a few years ago, and have since spread like a wildfire around the world. When I was in Riga, there were over 30 different locations to choose from! The rooms are great for something a bit more out-of-the-ordinary in cities you visit, or even in your home city. Another great time to visit them is when it’s raining out (like it often does in Edinburgh) or as a team-building activity for businesses.

What Makes Locked in Edinburgh Great?

Locked in Edinburgh is an Escape Room in Summerhall, the hip “mini-village” south of the University of Edinburgh. Aside from the escape room, Summerhall features nearly a dozen venues for events, meetings and shows, a cafe and shop, and even a lively pub with its own gin distillery.

Summerhall Signs

There are currently two rooms available to play at Locked in Edinburgh, with a third room opening soon. Our team chose the Old Gin Distillery, which is optimally suited for 3-5 players. As the name implies, the room is actually built into the old gin distillery of the Royal Dick pub downstairs.

Our game actually started out with a full introduction to the room and background story to the clues. This was the first escape room I’ve been to which built up the backstory to the game. Make sure you pay attention, as there might be a clue or two mentioned.

I was a little concerned that the room would be too easy when they mentioned the fastest team had finished in under half an hour. I needn’t have worried. Our time of 46:21 didn’t even make it on to the scoreboard. Just when I thought we would finish way early, another large batch of clues and puzzles became available.

No one in the team I brought with me to the Locked in Edinburgh escape room had been to one before. They didn’t even know what to expect, and one of them was a little worried at the idea of being locked in a room. By the end of the hour, not only had they not experienced any claustrophobia, they couldn’t wait for their next room. We worked really well together, and each member took part in solving clues. In the end, I had nothing to do with choosing the team name.

Locked in Edinburgh Team

 Booking at Locked in Edinburgh

All games at Locked in Edinburgh have 60-minute limits, although our game master mentioned that the room would be available longer if we weren’t finished yet (not sure if that’s a regular option). The Distillery is for 2-5 players and the Secret Lab is for 4-10 players. The Animal Hospital will be opening soon, and I hope to update this article with information on that room when it does.

  • Location: 1 Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Prices: 2 players – £45; 3 players – £55; 4 players – £60; 5 and up – £10 for each additional player.
  • Phone: (+44) 07 468 493 561
  • Email: hello@lockedinedinburgh.com
  • Website: Locked in Edinburgh
  • What to bring: Some friends and all your wits.
  • Best time of year to visit: Whenever there’s a chance of rain (all the time).

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Whether you're a local or a tourist in Edinburgh, you'll love Locked in Edinburgh. Escape Rooms are some of the most fun activities you can enjoy. In a rainy city like Edinburgh, sometimes you need a good indoor adventure to partake in. Afraid that those small cages in the photo are a little small? Don't be scared; that's not how the rooms work. You'll have a lot more space than that. What is an Escape Room? If you’ve never been to an escape room before, I have to say you’re missing out on loads of fun. Escape rooms are basically…

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2 comments

  1. statebystateadventure

    I wonder if there are any great escape rooms in America yet? It seems like something that would be great for our family of five. It is such a cool idea and it would be great if I could visit Edinburgh to check it out, but I probably won’t for awhile anyways. Thanks for sharing though. You just inspired me to find a room to get locked into and bizarrely that is a good thing.

    • LOL! It’s certainly a funny concept to want to get locked in a room. I know there are many moving into the US, although I don’t know if they are as popular there yet as they are in Europe and Asia. Otherwise, there are seven to experience in Edinburgh. I went to another one last week, which I’ll write about soon. Such a wonderful alternative to TV and a night at the pub.

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