Edinburgh New Town

Must see Edinburgh attractions in the New Town

Charlotte Square

Charlotte Square is a truly amazing piece of architecture by Robert Adam in the heart of Edinburgh's City Centre. It's a beautiful square with many items of interest. The National Trust for Scotland headquarters is on the south side of the square at no. 28 and has been restored to reflect the style of the time. It has a cafe with garden, book and souvenir shop.

Getting to Edinburgh by Bus

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The garden in the centre of Charlotte Square is used in August for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Also in Charlotte Square is the Georgian House at no 7, now open to visitors and showcasing a Georgian residence of the period. Each of the five main rooms of the house can be visited and a guide will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

The most distinctive building in Charlotte Square is West Register House designed by Robert Adam. Originally a church with a dome modelled after St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the building became the West Register House in the 1960s.

St Andrew's Square

Although the current square looks little like the original, St Andrew's square is one through which many tourists go through, even if it is to walk to or from the bus station. The most distinctive building in the square is an elegant Palladian country house which is now the Royal Bank of Scotland's headquarters. Further down the south side of St Andrew's Square is the most stylish store in Edinburgh, Harvey Nichols.

Rose Street

Rose Street runs parallel with Princes Street and gives a backway entrance to many shops. Although quite busy, it can't compare to Edinburgh's main street.

Rose Street has pubs and outdoor eateries with great food and funny names -- Filthy McNasty or Dirty Dick's as well as stalls selling handcrafted goods. The street is for pedestrians only and has a lovely atmosphere.

Moray Place, Ainslie Place

These two adjoint, perfectly round residential places near Charlotte Square are the centrepiece of Edinburgh New Town. Moray Place breaks the straight line design of the rest of the New Town to become a 12-sided Roman Doric circus that, to this day, retains its original appearence, right down to the cobbles and paving stones.

St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

An impressive cathedral with 3 spires which can be seen from the East End of Princes Street, Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle. The entire area is another fine example of Georgian architecture especially Grosvenor's Crescent and Glencairn Crescent in the immediate vicinity of St. Mary's Cathedral.

Belford Road and the Dean Gallery

The Dean Gallery of Modern Art and water feature sculpture are a must see, especially in the summer. Dean Cemetery right next to the Gallery is the resting place of Edinburgh's upper class and many famous public figures.

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  • Edinburgh New Town introduction Overview of the New Town including best places to visit plus tips and advice.
  • Princes Street highlights Visitor information about the shops and attractions on Princes Street.
  • Princes Street Gardens Overview of the most popular green space in Edinburgh.
  • Scott Monument Information about the unmistakable neogothic monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.
  • National Gallery of Scotland Information about the top free attraction in Edinburgh and one of the finest art galleries in Britain.
  • Calton Hill While not at the end of Princes Street itself, Calton Hill plays a very big part in the distinctive Edinburgh panorama but also as an excellent viewpoint.
  • Ramsay Gardens Although at the top of the Royal Mile, Ramsay Garden is a distinctive part of Edinburgh's skyline that can be seen from Princes Street.
  • Photos of Edinburgh City Centre Picture gallery of Princes Street, the gardens, Scott Monument, the Balmoral Hotel, Calton Hill and the New Town.
  • Attraction Details - Princes Street Princes Street tourist information including opening times and contact details of the Tourist Centre and attractions on Princes Street and Edinburgh City Centre.
  • Princes Street on the web Links to other web pages related to Princes Street, the Gardens and the heart of Edinburgh.

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