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Don't let the name fool you, Edinburgh's New Town dates back to the 1700s. Set in an ordered grid, sandstone buildings, some with Grecian pillars, line cobbled streets in this central World Heritage Site. The Georgian and neo-classical buildings of the New Town are some of the most stunning architecture the city has to offer.


Don't let the name fool you, Edinburgh's New Town dates back to the 1700s. Set in an ordered grid, sandstone buildings, some with Grecian pillars, line cobbled streets in this central World Heritage Site. The Georgian and neo-classical buildings of the New Town are some of the most stunning architecture the city has to offer.  
 

Museums abound in this part of Edinburgh. Visit the Scottish National Gallery and The Royal Scottish Academy on The Mound or head down to Queen Street to see the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. For a step into the New Town's past, visit the Georgian House in Charlotte Square to see how the upper classes lived in the 18th century.
 

If you've a good head for heights then climbing the Scott Monument on Princes Street is a must. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world and the view from the top is nothing short of spectacular.
 

Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can visit the historic and ornate Jenners department store then shop on the rest of Princes Street whilst taking in views of Edinburgh Castle. For more shopping head up to George Street where designer and top end fashion stores sit alongside a selection of quality dining establishments.
 

If you need a break from sightseeing and shopping then Princes Street Gardens is the perfect place for a rest or a picnic on a sunny day. Winter sees the gardens play host to the Christmas markets.
 

During the Edinburgh Festival you will find George Street in the New Town transformed into a bustling thoroughfare of entertainment venues and outdoor eateries. The grand Assembly Rooms serves as a venue for many world renowned acts and The Famous Spiegeltent also takes up pitch in George Street for the month of August.
 

The central location of the New Town means a short walk will take you to many other areas of the city such as Stockbridge, Dean Village, Canonmills, Leith Walk, and the Old Town.




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