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A few moments away from Princes Street and it can feel like you are in another world altogether as you step into Edinburgh's West End.


A few moments away from Princes Street and it can feel like you are in another world altogether as you step into Edinburgh's West End. Wander along cobbled streets and absorb the beautiful Georgian architecture of this World Heritage Site. Stroll onto William Street and Stafford Street where you will find many independent retailers - fashion and dining alike.  
 

If you walk up to the south of the West End you can marvel at the red sandstone of the former Caledonian Railway Hotel on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street. Further up Lothian Road you will reach cultural venues such as the Usher Hall, The Filmhouse, the Royal Lyceum and the Traverse Theatre.
 

Buses connect the West End to the rest of Edinburgh and beyond. Murrayfield Stadium, home of Scottish rugby, is a ten minute bus ride away from the West End as is Edinburgh Zoo.
 

Haymarket rail station is a short walk from the West End where you will find train links to the rest of Scotland and the U.K. This area is also served by Edinburgh's tram network, which runs from York Place in the East, down Princes Street, through the West End and on to Edinburgh Airport.




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