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  • 1 George Heriot's School

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lauriston Place GB - Edinburgh EH3 9DF

    This 17C Renaissance building is laid out symmetrically around a central courtyard - a design that is typical of a great number of early Renaissance style buildings, and abounds in decorative stone sculptures and ornamental stripes.

  • 2 George Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. George GB - Edinburgh

    This square designed around 1760 which was home to Walter Scott was the first large scale residential development outside of the old town. The whole west face of the square is representative of the town's classic style.

  • 3 The Meadows

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Middle Meadow Walk GB - Edinburgh

    Before being integrated into the capital, The Meadows was an elegant walkway belonging to the town of Muir. It's was also a place where the Scottish Armies used to gathering and where the town council inspected the troops on parade.

  • 4 Old University and Talbot Rice Gallery

    Museums and art

    Old College South Bridge GB - Edinburgh EH8 9YL

    Designed by Robert Adam in 1789, the old college houses the library and the Talbot Rice museum which exhibits 16 and 17C artworks from the Torrie collection.

  • 5 Chambers Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Chambers GB - Edinburgh

    When lord-provost Chambers ordered the demolition of slum dwellings, in the middle of Queen Victoria's reign, this splendid street lined with university buildings linked South Bridge up with George IV Bridge.

  • 6 Edinburgh New Town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Edinburgh

    Young architect James Craig (1710-1795) was entrusted with the task of extending Edinburgh. Once North Bridge was built over the valley, splendid squares and streets with geometrical lines were laid out: George Street, the central street, Princes Str..

  • 7 George Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. George GB - Edinburgh

    The main street designed by Craig opens onto Charlotte Square on one side and St Andrew Square on the other. Most of the houses which line this former residential street were converted into banks, offices and shops.

  • 8 Assembly Rooms

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    54 st. George GB - Edinburgh EH2 2LR

    These Assembly rooms (1787), with their mirrors and sumptuous candelabra make these rooms the perfect place for public expression.

  • 9 St Andrew and St George church

    Religious buildings

    13 st. George GB - Edinburgh

    In this Church in 1843, there was a split in the Presbyterian Church, which gave rise to the Free Church of Scotland.

  • 10 St Andrew Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. St Andrew GB - Edinburgh

    Although more humble than its rival Charlotte Square, this square of Banks and Insurance companies certainly is certainly not inferior in terms of charm and originality.

  • 11 New Register House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3 Register House GB - Edinburgh EH1 3YT

    This building adorned with a finely decorated wrought iron gate is home to Scotland's public records and «Lord Lyon» Court. This Lord, otherwise known as the King of Arms, was responsible for all matters concerning Scottish heraldry and officiated al..

  • 12 General Register House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 st. Princes GB - Edinburgh EH1 3YY

    This 19C building which houses the countries national records, has a splendid domed hall decorated with motifs characteristic of the architecture of Robert Adam.

  • 13 Princes Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Princes GB - Edinburgh

    Originally, Princes Street was the Southern border of the new town. In 1845-46, the railway accelerated it's development. The South side of the street was protected from all development and the gardens were opened to the public

  • 14 Princes Street Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    West Princes Street Gardens GB - Edinburgh

    The Nor'Loch valley was filled when development work started on the new town, then made into gardens reserved for the residents of the town. They were finally open to the public in 1876 and today offer an agreeable place to take refuge from the commo..

  • 15 Scott Monument

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. East Princes GB - Edinburgh EH2 2EJ

    This pyramid shaped monument which dominates Prince's street is Edinburgh's most famous landmark and offers a wonderful view of the town below. It is home to Steell's statue made of Carrara marble, which depicts Walter Scott with his dog.

  • 16 Royal Scottish Academy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mound GB - Edinburgh EH2 2EL

    Built in 1826 to match the imposing Bank of Scotland building situated right at the other end of the Mound, the Royal Academy of Scotland, which has sixty members (30 academics and 30 associate members), organises exhibitions the whole year round

  • 17 The Mound

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mound GB - Edinburgh

    Initially a simple cobbled alley, this walkway was built (1781-1805) from rubble left over from the construction of the new town.

  • 18 Calton Hill

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calton Hill GB - Edinburgh

    Calton Hill (100m high), a former active volcanic site, rises up at the eastern end of Princes Street. The hill is a lovely place for a walk, with its lawns, flowerbeds and copses, and splendid panoramic views, in particular of the new town below. Th..

  • 19 Regent Road

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Regent GB - Edinburgh

    The Royal High School has an imposing façade, with a column portico surmounted with a pediment. Further down is the Greek temple dedicated to and designed by Robert Burns. Skirting round Carlton Hill you will come to the elegant curved run of buildin..

  • 20 St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Palmerston Place GB - Edinburgh EH12 5AW

    With its three giant spires, the Anglican St-Mary's cathedral, inaugurated in 1879 is the 1st large cathedral to be built in Great-Britain after the reformation.

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