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Edinburgh World Heritage/House Histories

House Histories

Overview

Discover the fascinating layers of history that lie hidden behind the stone facades of Edinburgh’s historic buildings.

Starting Point: Well Court

Number of stops: 6

Distance: 1.9 miles

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The stories behind some famous Edinburgh buildings

House Histories invites you to discover the fascinating layers of history that lie hidden behind the stone facades of Edinburgh’s historic buildings. Watch the videos, click to listen to the podcasts, explore on the map or download the trail.

 

Stops along the way:

  • Well Court was commissioned in the 1880s by Sir John Findlay.
  • The Assembly Rooms was built between 1783 and 1787 to provide a place of entertainment for the wealthy residents of the New Town. Over 200 years later, it still retains its function as a venue for music and dance.
  • The Museum of Edinburgh, with its wide and varied collections. In exploring the museum’s maze of 16th century buildings, you will see iconic items, beautiful objects and learn fascinating facts and gruesome tales.
  • 5 Charlotte Square, in the street believed by many to represent the highpoint of the first New Town’s planning.
  • The Writers’ Museum, also known as Lady Stair’s House, has a rich and varied history.
  • Riddles Court is an architectural gem with a distinguished history, playing host to a royal banquet in 1598 and becoming the residence of David Hume in 1751.