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Architecture of Money

    Tour Operator: Cobble Tales         Travel method: Walking     Region: Edinburgh



• Exclusive entrance to the private Queen Street Gardens
• An architect – guide
• Small group of up to 8 people
• Best tour for the admirers of scholarly classical beauty


On your walk with an architect-guide, connect the dots on what you know about the largest Georgian planned town development in the world:

What guided the designers of the New Town?
How much were the New Towners’ fortunes connected to slavery?
Why so much of the now listed Georgian New Town was demolished?
Why do even modern property developers see the New Town as the model of a “sustainable” city?

Through the masterplan drawn by the young James Craig and buildings by celebrated British architects such as Robert Adam, we will unfold the cultural context of Scottish Enlightenment, as well as the economic and political influence of the Union.

We will spot one of the first semi-detached houses in Scotland, and walk the remaining original mews lanes that served the grand townhouses in the Georgian era. For an exclusive insight into the chic Georgian lifestyle, you will enter a private park - available only with us - or if your aunt lives on Queen street!

While walking its ordered, symmetrical grid of streets lined with Neoclassical tenements (yes, tenements!) we will learn the purpose of the New Town’s sunken basements and underground vaults. Finally, you will grasp the origins of typical Georgian details as your guide introduces fanlights, elegant ironwork of the original New Town street lights, and a palette of sandstone finishes.




2 hours

Activity level

Walking at moderate pace. Uneven surfaces and a few stairs.

Meeting point

Please book the tour if you want to attend. In front of the Rabbie's Cafe Bar on 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG

Finish point

Charlotte Square

What to Bring

A face covering, a smartphone if you would like to view digital visual aids, comfortable walking shoes, clothing according to expected weather conditions.

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Important Information

Please dress for the weather. Comfortable footwear and waterproof clothing/umbrellas are advised as tours go ahead rain or shine.

  Meeting Point Information

In front of the Rabbie's Cafe Bar on 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG

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