Edinburgh World Heritage - Street Stories


Street Stories

Find out about more about the stories behind some of Edinburgh's most important streets.

Rose Street

Designed as part of James Craig's New Town plan in 1767, Rose Street was named after the English national emblem. In the 1800s Rose Street gained a reputation as a seedy backwater, not a place for the respectable to be seen after dark...

Thistle Street

Thistle Street was planned in 1767 as part of James Craig’s design and named after Scotland’s national symbol. Although originally built as homes it was not long before shops started opening up in Thistle Street, offering luxury goods to the residents of the New Town...

St Mary's Street

St. Mary’s Street dates to the late 1860s when the former narrow and overcrowded medieval St Mary’s Wynd, together with several closes to the east, was demolished as a result of the 1867 Edinburgh Improvement Act...

The Grassmarket

The Grassmarket was used as a market from the 1300’s, with cattle fairs, horse fairs and corn being bought and sold in its wide open space. But this also made it suitable for public executions, with the last hanging taking place here in 1784.

Victoria Street

Victoria Street in the Old Town has to be one of the most photographed locations in the city. Its gentle curve and colourful shopfronts making it favourite spot for tourist photos, postcards and TV adverts.

Cumberland Street

Cumberland Street today has a quiet and calm atmosphere, a street of residential Georgian elegance. Yet it also stands as a reminder of how close the city came to losing some of its greatest assets.

Princes Street

The name Princes Street is synonymous with Edinburgh, but its architecture is often overlooked by city residents. In fact most of its buildings are now listed and in amongst the modern stores are some real treasures.

George Street

George Street has a reputation for high-class shopping, but it’s not just the big name brands that create that image, it’s the architecture that really sets the character of the street.


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