Edinburgh World Heritage - New Town


New Town

Charlotte Square

Edinburgh's New Town was first designed in 1767, and is the largest complete example of town planning from the Georgian period anywhere in the world. Its mixture of classical architecture, grand squares and terraces, gardens and secluded lanes, means that a walk through its streets is a journey back in time to an age of elegance.

Charlotte Square designed by the famous architect Robert Adam in 1791, is regarded as an architectural master piece. Here you can visit the Georgian House and experience high society life from 200 years ago.

In nearby George Street the Assembly Rooms which dates from 1787 is still used for concerts, dancing and entertainment. At the opposite end of George Street is St Andrew Square, where the gardens are now open to the public.

A stroll through Princes Street Gardens is also a must for visitors. Once the location of the Nor' Loch, it is now a peaceful green space dividing the Old and New Towns. Visitors can climb the 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument for a unique view across the rooftops of the Old and New Towns.



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