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The West End

The expansion to the New Town to the west started in 1806 as a new Georgian West End on a grand scale with Melville Street as its centrepiece, with Drumsheugh Gardens added in the 1870s. The West End still has consulates and many fine residences immediately adjacent to Princes Street and The Resident Edinburgh. The area has some excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy.

  • View of Edinburgh Skyline including the new St James Quarter building from Carlton Hill Looking West

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Edinburgh’s West End is a vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood nestled between the historic Old Town and the picturesque Dean Village, home to The Resident Edinburgh. This charming area, characterised by its Georgian and Victorian architecture, offers a blend of cultural attractions, boutique shopping, and culinary delights.

Princes Street, one of Edinburgh’s main thoroughfares, marks the eastern boundary of the West End, with its iconic views of the Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens. From here, visitors can wander along the quaint streets of the West End, discovering hidden gems around every corner.

One of the highlights of the West End is the Dean Village, a serene oasis nestled along the Water of Leith. This former milling village boasts picturesque cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and lush greenery, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The West End is also home to a thriving arts and cultural scene, with numerous galleries, theatres, and performance spaces dotting the neighbourhood. Visitors can explore contemporary art at venues like the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art or catch a show at the iconic Usher Hall.

Foodies will delight in the culinary offerings of the West End, which boasts a diverse array of cafes, restaurants, and bars. From cosy bistros serving up traditional Scottish fare to trendy eateries offering international cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Whether you’re strolling along the Water of Leith, browsing the boutiques on William Street, or enjoying a meal at one of the neighbourhood’s many eateries, the West End of Edinburgh offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and charm that’s sure to enchant visitors from near and far.