Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Why

The home of the Scottish Enlightenment.

The efficient grid system of Edinburgh's New Town offers a contrast to the organic Old Town. Explore Edinburgh's grand, elegant, Georgian side...

Edinburgh's New Town and its open grid structure stands in contrast to the organic, winding streets and closes of the Old Town. Together, they comprise the city's UNESCO World Heritage site. The area's wide and elegant streets, lined with stunning neo-classical architecture are one of the world's finest examples of Georgian-era town planning,and a wander through the New Town will help you understand why Edinburgh was nicknamed the Athens of the North. 

Assembly Rooms Evening View

The New Town is also where you'll find some of Edinburgh's trendiest and most exciting retailers, cocktail bars, restaurants and cafes. Spacious streets and pavements coupled with leafy and green public spaces effortlessly mix of the natural with the cosmopolitan, making for an area with a unique beauty.

The beautiful Princes Street Gardens, a public park running the length of the city's principal shopping street, is overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, and this is where you'll find some of the city's best views of its most iconic landmark. From High Street to high-end, the shopping continues throughout the New Town, accompanied by coffee shops, bars and restaurants aplenty.

Film Fest In The City 2018

St Andrew Square at the East end of the New Town is host to a number of events throughout the year such as Film Fest in the City, and nearby you'll find three public transport hubs; Edinburgh's principal bus station, Waverley train station and the city centre tram terminus are all just minutes' walk short walk away. 

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