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Edinburgh Apartments: Cordiners Land Apartment

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  • About the location of Cordiners Land Apartment (Old Town, Edinburgh)


    This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The Old Town is on your doorstep: a warren of closes and side streets lead from the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile. The Edinburgh College of Art is just around the corner from the apartment.

    It's a short walk through the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, which connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. (Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate.) Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafes to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments.

    The area is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the number one visitor attraction in Scotland. Built on an extinct volcano, the Castle's varied architecture reflects its rich history. The oldest part of the Castle, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 1100s, and each passing century has brought its own additions. From the living room of the house you look up to the south wall of the Castle, which is protected by the 16th-century Half Moon Battery. The Castle is still a working garrison today, and during August it provides the stage for the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    The Grassmarket is one of the best known areas of the city, with lots of bars, restaurants and independent shops. This used to be the working hub of the city; a bustling place of livestock, noisy workers, inns and stables. There have been markets (including horse and meat markets) since at least the 15th century; the first written record of a market is in 1477. In summer, the place comes alive with pavement cafes and street markets, and it has a lively nightlife scene.


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