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A look inside the City Observatory

Fiona MacDonald

18th June 2018

Fiona MacDonald

A major conservation project to save the City Observatory on Calton Hill is nearing completion.

Edinburgh World Heritage contributed over half a million pounds from our Conservation Funding Programme towards securing a future for this important landmark, designed by William Playfair.

Head over to the City Observatory page in our project portfolio for more about this fascinating building and its history.

Collective are now just months away from welcoming the public inside the building for the first time in decades. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of some of the work that has been going on recently:


As you can see, the open-plan interior marks a return to Playfair’s original 1827 layout for the ground floor, which had been lost over time. The transit slot windows, which were used to help track the stars, have been uncovered and will remain on show. Traditional cornicing has been restored, lime pointing repairs have been made to the exterior, and brand new lead roofing has been installed.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more updates soon.