The Newington Estate was quite late to be developed compared with other city neighbourhoods like Tollcross and Bruntsfield & Morningside.
It's newer than Edinburgh's New Town, developed from the 1820s onwards. The northern part of the area is full of tenements and densely packed housing, and as you travel further south you'll find semi-detached houses and villas with large gardens, which were popular with merchant and professional classes. The New Town, with its wide streets and grid layout, lacks some of the privacy and intimacy of life in the old town - developments in Newingtown were a response to this.
Modern Day Newington
The area now is home to the main University of Edinburgh campus, centred on George Square, and has been determined by the student community to be the best place to live in the whole city!
But it's not just for students. The Victorian architecture and preponderance of leafy squares make this a charming area to visit for a coffee and a wander. There are loads of venues and events, particularly during the Festival. Plus there are so many independent shops, cafes and restaurants to discover.
From the Old Town, simply head south of South Bridge until you reach the Edinburgh University campus. This is the beginning of Southside and from there, it's possible to head west towards George Square or east to the green pastures of Holyrood Park.
Newington is ideally located for access to The University of Edinburgh and offers easy walking into the city centre. If travelling to the area by bus, Lothian Buses services 8, 30, 33, 42 and 49 all offer a frequent service.