Victoria Street, a picturesque and winding cobblestone lane, is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic thoroughfares. Prior to its construction, access from the Grassmarket to the Lawnmarket was via the West Bow, a very steeply sloped and narrow lane. The new street was planned to demolish much of the old West Bow, and provide a broad sweeping link to the newly built George IV Bridge.
Victoria Street, a picturesque and winding cobblestone lane, is one of Edinburgh’s most iconic thoroughfares. Named after Queen Victoria, it exudes a timeless charm that resonates with both locals and visitors. With its colourful facades and unique shops, this street showcases Edinburgh’s architectural diversity and historical legacy.
Victoria Street was designed by architect Thomas Hamilton, one of the leading lights in transforming the city with neo-classical buildings and much influenced by the architecture of ancient Greece. However it was stipulated that the buildings associated with the new street should be ‘Old Flemish’ in style, and draw inspiration from the details on Heriot’s Hospital.
Curved Elegance: Victoria Street’s graceful curve adds a touch of whimsy to its architectural splendour. This unique feature invites exploration and offers surprises at every turn.
Boutiques and Curiosities: The street is lined with an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, and specialty shops. From vintage treasures to contemporary crafts, it’s a treasure trove for discerning shoppers.
Gastronomic Delights: Victoria Street boasts a diverse array of eateries, ranging from charming cafes to fine dining establishments.
India Buildings on Victoria Street was built in 1864 by architect David Cousins and designed in the fashionable Scots Baronial style of the time. Look out for the ‘bartizan’ at the top of the building, a small turret inspired by medieval battlements. It was intended as office space, and among the first occupants were the British Linen Bank, the Scottish Chamber of Agriculture and the Geological Survey of Scotland. In more recent years many Edinburgh citizens will remember the building as housing the city’s Registry Office.
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