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Athens of the North trail

A self-guided trail exploring Edinburgh's New Town, with extra insights into everyday Georgian life and how the city became known as the 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 has grand terraces and imposing monuments, but also more ordinary homes and the traces of everyday life in the 1800s. Today this historic area has not only a wealth of historic buildings, but also galleries, cafes, restaurants and independent shops that are well worth a visit.

Use the trail to help you explore this fascinating area of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

Download the Athens of the North trail (PDF | 4MB)

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