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About Edinburgh Area Guide > Bruntsfield

A well-heeled suburb twenty minutes walk or a short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. It is well-known for being home to James Gillespie's High School, the inspiration for Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but this attractive area has much else to recommend it.


Bruntsfield is a well-heeled suburb twenty minutes walk or a short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre. It is well-known for being home to James Gillespie's High School, the inspiration for Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but this attractive area has much else to recommend it.  
 

Golf fans can visit Bruntsfield Links short hole course and play a round for free. A short walk from the Links will bring you to the famous Cameo cinema, which shows a variety of independent films and The King's Theatre, a popular venue for contemporary and historical theatre.
 

Sports enthusiasts will also enjoy the Warrender Swim Centre - a traditional Victorian baths in Bruntsfield. The centre has a modern pool, gym and sauna but also maintains many of its original and charming 19th century features.
 

The Meadows, a large public park, straddles Bruntsfield and neighbouring Marchmont and is a popular spot in summer for barbeques and picnics as well as a resting spot for tired festival-goers. The Meadows is also home to a children's play park, municipal tennis courts, croquet, picnic tables and designated barbeque areas.
 

A stroll through the grounds of nearby Edinburgh University, will take you to the Old Town and famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby and the National Museum of Scotland.
 

Bruntsfield is a perfect location if you are visiting the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe in August as many of the university's historical buildings double as performance venues. But if you'd rather spend some time close to home, Bruntsfield Place is a perfect place to while away the hours amongst the eclectic range of boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.




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