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Athens of the North

EWH will launch a new learning campaign this spring focused on the Georgian New Town.

Mar 14, 2011

The campaign will explain how Edinburgh became known as the’ Athens of the North’, highlighting its classical architecture and everyday life in the New Town.

In contrast to the Royal Mile, the Georgian New Town is not as well known by visitors, as demonstrated in a recent project by digital cartographer Eric Fischer. Using photos uploaded to Flickr he has constructed maps showing where visitors and locals have taken pictures in a variety of cities around the world. His photo map of Edinburgh clearly shows that most tourists rarely venture further into the New Town than Princes Street.

However its architecture and streetscape is well preserved.  There are 1089 listed buildings in the New Town area, of which over 500 are category A listed. Combined with nearby attractions such as the Gallery of Modern Art, the Dean Gallery, the Botanical Gardens, and independent shops in places such as William Street, and St Stephen’s Street, the New Town offers a unique experience for the visitor.

A heritage trail will link key locations from Calton Hill to the Dean Village, Charlotte Square and Stockbridge. The trail will include neo-Greek buildings such as the Dugald Stewart monument, the Burns Monument, the Royal Scottish Academy and National Galleries of Scotland.

To support the trail there will be a programme of events, talks and guided walks. It is hoped that some of these will be hosted at the Burns Monument, recently restored as part of the Twelve Monuments Project, but not normally open to the public.

The EWH office at 5 Charlotte Square will also be opened for special events, where visitors will be able to learn about life in a Georgian New Town house.

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