Athens of the North
Edinburgh's New Town is the largest and best preserved example of Georgian town planning anywhere in the UK.
Simply walking its streets gives a real sense of the past, and how life was lived 200 years ago. This was a time when the authors Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen were at the height of their fame. Britain was emerging victorious from the long Napoleonic Wars with France, and George IV finally became king after a long regency.
The New Town still has grand terraces and imposing monuments, but also more ordinary homes and the traces of everyday life in the 1800s.
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The ingenious architect James Craig won the design competition.
Edinburgh re-branded itself to reflect its growing importance.
The New Town's architecture draws on ancient Greece and Rome.
Designed and built by Scotsmen, the New Town made fortunes for some.
The plan of a typical New Town house.
New Town houses were designed for entertaining.