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A stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s city centre, Tollcross is a buzzing neighbourhood with connections to the West End, Grassmarket, Fountainpark and Bruntsfield. During the day enjoy a selection of places to eat and drink that accommodate all tastes and budgets and a good range of everyday shops. And for those moments when you need sanctuary in nature, the leafy Meadows and Bruntsfield Links are close by.

If you’re a fan of the flicks or the big stage, Tollcross will not disappoint – from cinemas offering all-action blockbusters to a stunning Edwardian theatre that has played host to some of the world’s biggest stars.

Top Reasons to visit Tollcross

  • Discover scenic waterways that are perfect for exploring on 2 wheels.

  • Satisfy your creative or sporty side with a find from one of the area’s craft or sports shops.

  • Take a seat at one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland for a night of movie magic.

Getting to Tollcross

Tollcross is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the west end of Princes Street. Lothian Buses routes 10, 11, 15, 15a, 16, 23, 27, 45 all serve the area on a regular basis. From the Old Town and the Grassmarket area of the city, Tollcross can be reached on foot in around 20 minutes.

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