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3 Historic Streets In Edinburgh’s Old Town Everyone Should Visit

Candlemaker Row: Shedding Light On Historic Streets in Edinburgh

Like many historic streets in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Candlemaker Row was named after the businesses that used to operate there. Which is why it comes as no surprise that Candlemaker Row was once home to the Hall of the Incorporation of Candlemakers, as well as several candle shops and workshops along the way. While the original use of the Candlemakers’ Hall has long since gone up in flames, the ancient cobbled close does not hold a candle to the Row we see today. This quirky little street is filled with hidden gems, unique boutiques, stunning gifts and award-winning bars and restaurants.

Victoria Street: A Colourful Look At Edinburgh’s More Recent Past

With its historic architecture, elegant curve and colourful shop fronts, Victoria Street is one of the most picturesque streets in all of Edinburgh. It was built between 1829-34 to help improve access around the city – making it a relatively new addition to Edinburgh’s Old Town. Today, centuries of attractive architecture, quirky shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere has made Victoria Street one of the most photographed streets in all of Edinburgh and a jewel in Edinburgh’s crown.

Real Mary King’s Close: The Seedy Underbelly Of Haunted Edinburgh

Deep below the surface of the city, lies a labyrinth of hidden streets and abandoned houses frozen in time since the 17th century. The Real Mary King’s Close was once one of the busiest and most vibrant streets in Edinburgh’s Old Town. A place where people lived, worked and died … before the neighbourhood was buried (quite literally) beneath the expanding city. Today, the close is shrouded in myths and legends. A five-star Edinburgh attraction, tales of ghosts, murders and plague victims being walled up and left to die have endured for centuries. With its uniquely preserved streets and houses, guided tours beneath the belly of the city allow you to experience what life was really like in 17th century Edinburgh.

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