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This year we are celebrating

50 years of conservation

In 1971, the New Town Conservation Committee, which subsequently became Edinburgh World Heritage, set out on its mission to ‘save the New Town.’

50 years later and after 1,500 projects in both the Old and New Towns, Edinburgh World Heritage is planning a series of events and activities to celebrate what has been called ‘the greatest conservation movement in post-war Britain.’


We connect people to their heritage.

Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity that aims to ensure the city’s World Heritage status benefits everyone. We want to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to public places, or engaging people directly through education.

See the city

Explore Edinburgh

Learn about the Old & New Towns of Edinburgh, see highlights of the World Heritage Site, and explore its iconic buildings, monuments and streets.



See what we do – you’ll find some of our completed projects here, both local and international.


Funding & Advice

Do you live in a historic building? Apply for a grant from our Conservation Funding Programme, or get advice on looking after your historic property, and how to make it more energy efficient.

Classroom resources & practical skills


Get online resources for classroom lessons on Edinburgh’s fascinating history, and discover how you can learn traditional building skills through training and apprenticeships.

Support our work

Get Involved

Join our membership programme and enjoy exclusive events around Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, make a donation, become a volunteer, sign up to our newsletter and more.


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Our position on the regulation of Short Term Lets in the City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh World Heritage strongly supports moves by City of Edinburgh Council to better regulate Short-Term Lets (STLs). In our view,…

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