2017 is the 250th anniversary of the adoption of James Craig's plan for a 'planned, élite suburb' which would eventually separate Edinburgh into 'Old' and 'New' Towns. To celebrate, Greenyonder Tours has been collecting stories of some of the people who have made the New Town - from architects, builders and high heid yins, to servants, gardeners, rioters and radical campaigners.
See beyond the railings: On the tour, you’ll discover the stories behind the elegant street facades and garden railings of Georgian Edinburgh. You’ll also visit one of the privately-owned New Town gardens, where you’ll see the pond and its island, where the boy Robert Louis Stevenson began to imagine a treasure island.
In good hands: The tour is brought to you by Edinburgh-based walking tour company Greenyonder Tours, whose highly popular tour 'Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile' has become a word-of-mouth success story, and has been awarded an Edinburgh Fringe sellout logo for the past seven years. This brand new tour is the only walking tour on the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe that’s wholly about the New Town.
Where: Meet next to the Scott Monument box office, inside East Princes Street Garden, EH2 2EJ (Fringe Venue 255). The tour lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes, covering about one mile of mainly downhill pavement walking, with some slopes and uneven surfaces.
On the Edinburgh Fringe
The New Town’s 250th Birthday Tour runs five times a week throughout the Fringe, starting at 14:30 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4th - 26th August (inclusive). Tickets cost £10.00 per person.
Private bookings (from 1 - 20) people are welcome from April - October (excluding August). Cost £6 per person, with a minimum total charge of £60. Please contact Greenyonder Tours to arrange a private tour at a date and time to suit you.