Edinburgh architecture tours

Edingburgh architecture walks and guided tours

Architectural trip to Edinburgh with ArtchitectoursWe offer Edinburgh city tours guided by architects.  From walking tours to more comprehensive itineraries, we have a great selection of architecture tours in Edinburgh to choose from.

Edinburgh is a city full of contrasts with a very noticeable duality. The most interesting parts of the city are found in the Old Town and the New Town (18th century); both have been declared World Heritage Sites. These two areas complement each other. The old city has medieval traces and is impossible to separate from the New Town, where we will see buildings from the Georgian era like St. Andrews and Charlotte Square, among others.

The historical Royal Mile is found in the centre of the Old Town, with the city castle on one end and the Holyroodhouse Palace, official residence of the Scottish royal family, on the other. Along the way, we will also see Saint Giles’ Cathedral. The new Scottish Parliament, iconic building by EMBT (Enric Miralles y Benedetta Tagliabue), is at the end of the Royal Mile. The creativity of Miralles, who never saw his work completed, is shown most of all in the Parliament building. Separated from the Old City by the Princes Street Gardens, the New Town features neoclassical buildings like National Gallery and the Scottish Academy, both by William Henry Playfair, who also designed the National Monument in Regents Gardens.  

If you have more time and enjoy art, a must-visit for you is the National Modern Art Gallery, on the other side of the river. There are other contemporary buildings that deserve a visit and are integrated in our guided architecture tours, such as the School of Information Technology by Bennet Associates or the performance center inside Edinburgh Castle by Garth Hostings. Edinburgh has much to discover and we will guide you through its architecture and history.

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