Explore Edinburgh's Old and New Towns

Walk around the Scottish streets


Edinburgh was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995 and is comprised of the old and new towns.

Old Town

The streets of Edinburgh are full of historical and important places including ...

St Giles Cathedral

Holyrood Palace

The Scottish Parliament building

Edinburgh Castle

One of Scotland’s most popular destinations is Edinburgh Castle. It sits on Castle Rock, which is said to be one of the first places of human habitation in Edinburgh.

New Town

Edinburgh’s New Town became the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century.

Charlotte Square

The first part of New Town, the famous Charlotte Square, was designed by Robert Adam, a neoclassical architect.

New streets

Queen Street, George Street, and Princes Street were named in honour of the royal family, and Rose and Thistle Streets were named after national emblems.

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Peter A Cox, ICOMOS, Managing Director, Carrig Conservation International Limited, and President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change.  

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