Edingburgh - Old and New Town Walking Tour

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Edinburgh is known for the historical Royal Mile street, found in the centre of the Old Town. The city is impossible to understand without the duality of the old city with the more recent New Town. On our tour guided by an architect, we will discover Edinburgh Castle on one end of the Royal Mile, with its new performance centre. We will pass by Saint Giles Cathedral and finally arrive at Holyroodhouse Palace, official residence of the Scottish royal family. At the end of the tour, we will see the new Scottish Parliament, the famous building by EMBT (Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue). This building was the great work of Enric Miralles, who did not live to see its completion. Here, the essence of his work is united with the use of symbolism and abstraction. We can see references to Gaudí and even Mackintosh, renowned architect from neighbouring Glasgow. This building has generated controversy but it is, without a doubt, a symbol of the city.

On a short walk we will arrive in the new city, or New Town, with its grid design, which notably contrasts with the chaotic Old Town. Together with the Old Town, it was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1995. The most famous street is Princess Street, now the most important commercial hub of Edinburgh. Note the neoclassical buildings such as National Gallery and the Scottish Academy, both by William Henry Playfair, who also designed the National Monument in Regents Gardens. Other important buildings in the New City are the Assembly Rooms on George Street, Hotel Balmoral (former Hotel North British), Scott Monument, in Gothic style and Victorian cut, erected in honour of Scottish author, Walter Scott. At the University of Edinburgh you can see interesting contemporary buildings, such as the School of Information Technology by architects Bennetts Associates.

This is a great Edinburgh walking tour to get to know the city, accompanied by one of our architects.

Day Tour

Languages available: en

Minimum group size: 1

Max group size: 20

Duration: 4 Hours


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