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Cumberland Street

A quiet and elegant residential Georgian street that was almost lost

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Rose Street

From seedy backwater, to a haunt for Scotland's new wave poets, Rose Street is now a popular thoroughfare full of famous pubs and restaurants

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George Street

George Street has a reputation for high-class shopping, but it’s not the big name brands that create the image, it’s the architecture

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Thistle Street

Planned in 1767 as part of James Craig’s design and named after the national flower of Scotland, now a charming backstreet of the New Town full of independent retailers

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Princes Street

Edinburgh's iconic shopping street, with an eclectic mix of architecture from the Georgian period to late 20th century

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Victoria Street

One of the most photographed locations in the city - its gentle curve and colourful shopfronts make it a favourite spot for visitors and residents alike

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St Mary's Street

Once an ancient wynd and scene of important events in Scotland's history, later one of Edinburgh's 19th century Improvement Streets

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Explore the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. The unique character of the city comes from the striking contrast between the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, with each area containing many significant historic buildings. Use the interactive map above, or find our historical maps. Another good starting place for getting to know the World Heritage Site is our new exhibition at the Tron.

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