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Our World Heritage

An exhibition which showcases the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, as well as Scotland’s other five World Heritage Sites, and attempts to capture the essence of the place through the voices and opinions of local people.

Twelve Closes

The 12 Closes is an exciting and challenging urban renewal initiative to enhance and improve twelve of Edinburgh’s historic pedestrian streets running off the Royal Mile.

Ross Fountain

We assisted in restoring a large, 19th-century cast-iron fountain to its former glory in Princes Street Gardens.

Canongate Housing Development

Improving energy efficiency of and conserving a post-war B listed complex designed by Sir Basil Spence. Delivering an integrated, replicable approach to energy efficiency in hard-to-treat buildings where community engagement plays a key role.

Twelve Monuments

Over several years we worked with the Council and an army of volunteers to restore twelve of Edinburgh's most prominent statues and monuments – and ensured traditional building skills were passed on in the process.


A community-led project in five of the city's burial grounds – important green spaces.


Restoration work costing almost £150,000 has been completed on a historic Victorian-era shop – housing a Pound Savers outlet.

Heritage Detectives

A programme for young people to explore their city, and find out the truth behind Edinburgh’s underground city, crimes, famous Scots and traditional myths.

Acheson House

Leading by example

Traditional Building Festival

A series of demonstrations that took place in the courtyard of Acheson House, including stonemasrony, limework, ironmongery and lead roofing.

City Observatory

The City of Edinburgh Council and Collective, an arts organisation, are overseeing a project to make this building publicly accessible for the first time in decades. Edinburgh World Heritage has also contributed funding.

Well Court

Edinburgh World Heritage granted a total of £1.1 million towards conservation work on stonework, roof, windows, clock tower and communal areas to Well Court on the Water of Leith.

Geddes Dragons

A set of ornamental dragons with links to Patrick Geddes…

Gilmour's Close Affordable Housing

17 energy efficient affordable homes in two refurbished tenement buildings, and restored shopfronts on the Grassmarket.

St Mary’s Cathedral

Work to the grounds surrounding St Marys Cathedral is being supported by Edinburgh World Heritage, increasing the accessibility of valuable green space for the local community and visitors.

Historic Street Lighting

Edinburgh World Heritage works with the City of Edinburgh Council to conserve and reinstate original street lighting in various locations around the World Heritage Site.

The work of Edinburgh World Heritage covers three main areas of activity: conservation, learning and planning. Since the seventies, we have worked on over 1 500 projects across Edinburgh. These are just a few.

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