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The New Town

Conceived in 1766 by a 27-year-old architect James Craig, inspired Edinburgh’s New Town layout which now stretches from the East end and St Andrew Square to the West end and Charlotte Square. With Stockbridge and Canonmills to the north and Princes Street Gardens to the south, is home to the finest residential streets in the city. Notable also are the New Town’s eclectic neighbourhood bars; Kays Bar, The Cumberland Bar, St Vincent Bar and The Bailie Bar to name a few.

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From Stunning Classical Architecture to The Buzzing Urban Centre


Edinburgh’s New Town is an elegant and meticulously planned urban masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Georgian architecture and spacious streets. Developed in the late 18th century as a solution to the overcrowding of the Old Town, this area is a testament to Enlightenment ideals of order, symmetry, and progress.

Strolling through the New Town’s wide boulevards and graceful squares, visitors encounter a wealth of architectural treasures, including neoclassical townhouses, grand terraces, and imposing civic buildings. Princes Street, the main thoroughfare, offers panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, while George Street entices with its upscale shops, restaurants, and bars.

The New Town isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it is also a hub of cultural attractions. Visitors can explore world-class museums and galleries from our doorstep, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery, or perhaps even catch a show at the historic Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Despite its Georgian roots, the New Town buzzes with contemporary energy, with trendy boutiques, hip cafes, and artisanal eateries adding a modern twist to its timeless elegance. From artisanal coffee shops to Michelin-starred restaurants, there’s no shortage of culinary delights to tempt the palate.

Whether you’re admiring its architectural splendour, browsing its boutiques, or simply soaking in its sophisticated ambience, Edinburgh’s New Town offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and style that continues to enchant visitors from around the world.