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Private Tour of Edinburgh New Town Architecture

The ultimate tour for the admirers of scholarly classical beauty. With your architect-guide, soak in the Scottish Enlightenment spirit on a walk through "a model city" - the largest Georgian planned town development in the world. 
For an exclusive insight into the chic Georgian lifestyle, we will enter a private park - available only with us, or if your aunt lives on Queen street!

We will soak in the neoclassical ornaments under the starlit dome of the most impressive banking hall in Europe. Then find one of the last remaining original mews that served the grand townhouses in the Georgian era.

New Town's architectural status is unique in the world in terms of its size, monumentality and degree of preservation. While walking its ordered, symmetrical grid of streets lined with Neoclassical tenements (yes, tenements!) we will learn the purpose of the sunken basements and why Edinburgh won't clean its blackened sandstone facades!

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2 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Local taxes
    • Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: H M General Register House 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YY Scotland

    The Edinburgh New Town tour will start near Register House that Robert Adam designed to set the tone for the further development of the splendid New Town.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St Andrew Square, George Street, Edinburgh Scotland

    The group will discover the principles behind the masterplan of the New Town, designed to chime with the Enlightenment ideas in a graphical form, as well as glorify the union between Scotland and England.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: West end of George Street 40 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ Scotland

    Once in Charlotte square, the group will admire Robert Adam’s magnificent palatial façades, which will help us discover the origins of ubiquitous classical details such as Corinthian capitals, bucrania, and sphinxes.

    Here we will also find the elegant original ironwork such as street lights, railings, and boot scrapers.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
    Return Detail :
    Bute House, 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, UK
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • We use no gear or handouts. Groups are small (up to 8).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Cobble Tales

Activity ID: V-56271P3

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