1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. George Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh: Georgian New Town with an Architect

Product ID: 166172
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Enjoy a small group walk for the admirers of scholarly classical beauty. With your architect-guide, soak in the Scottish Enlightenment spirit on a walk through "the model city": the largest Georgian planned town development in the world.
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  • Explore Edinburgh with an architect-guide
  • Discover the principles behind the masterplan of the New Town
  • See the sunken basements, underground vaults, prolific chimneys and fanlight windows of New Town
  • Enjoy exclusive access into private New Town gardens
  • See the starlit dome of the most impressive banking hall in Europe
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This guided walk offers a good insight into city expansion, social segregation, accommodation typology, infrastructure, conservation and adaptation to the times.

The tour will start near Register House with an introduction of Edinburgh history that influenced the development of the New Town. As the tour approaches the main axis of the area, the group will discover the principles behind the master plan of the New Town, designed to chime with enlightenment ideas in a graphical form and glorify the union between Scotland and England. 

Your guide will compare the villas by Robert Adam and William Chambers and surprise you with an unexpected ensemble in Thistle Court, before escaping the hustle and bustle of the streets by entering the private Queen street gardens to admire the Georgian landscapes.

Your guide will explain the typical elements of the New Town such as sunken basements, underground vaults, prolific chimneys, and fanlight windows. As we get up and close with the townhouses, various stone finishes will also be introduced.

Once out of the main boulevard, George street, the tour will admire the magnificent palatial facades of Robert Adam’s Charlotte Square and appreciate beautiful ironwork such as streetlights, railings and bootscrapers.
The tour will finally conclude in the most photographed lane in Edinburgh, Circus Mews, previously a service street used only to keep horses and coaches. 
  • Guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside the Register House, next to the statue

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
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Tours run rain or shine.
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Cobble Tales

Product ID: 166172