About us

We are an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage Site status is a dynamic force that benefits everyone.

Heritage is the foundation of any strong culture.

Holding UNESCO World Heritage Status, The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are blessed with a rich tapestry of scenery, structures and stories, each intrinsic to our identity. These elements have, over the centuries, forged our traditions, built our communities, and nurtured our outstanding international reputation.

Working alongside our partners, Edinburgh World Heritage protects and champions this collective identity for current and future generations. By respectfully restoring our buildings, sensitively improving our shared spaces, implementing sustainable practices or recounting tales from our past, we nurture a common sense of belonging while enabling essential repair.

These partnerships also help to strengthen Edinburgh’s sense of self. Working together, we connect distant ancestors with their history; homeowners with essential funding; businesses with practical advice; children and young people with resources; and marginalised groups with a voice. But as with any independent charity, our work has its challenges. 

The evolving pressures of climate change, financial instability and increased tourism mean our work is critical, perhaps now more than ever. By embracing our passion, expertise and independence, we can advocate for, build and maintain an inspirational and empowering place to live, work, study or visit — no matter who you are.

Who are we?

Edinburgh World Heritage has a team of dedicated staff, volunteers and interns. Together, we tackle the combined challenges of looking after a historic city.

Our role explained

City of Edinburgh Council
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Historic Environment Scotland

Our history