The name of New Town may lead to a mistake since we are talking about an expansion that was made in the city on the XVIII century
Moving away from the urbanistic chaos of the Old town, which was a medieval city, they designed a new city with wide streets, parallel and perpendicular, with sanitation, bridges linking the two cities, neo-classical buildings made by the most remarkable architects of that time , that makes it very interesting to walk around Edinburgh to see the contrast between the two "worlds"
It's nice to visit, during the day or night, sharing with workers of the offices and banks its gardens, bars , shops...
We liked George Street, the Georgian House, buildings, parks ....
Lo de Ciudad Nueva nos puede llevar a una equivocación ya que estamos hablando de una ampliación que se hizo de la ciudad en el siglo XVIII.
Alejándose del caos urbanístico de la Old town , que era una ciudad medieval , se diseñó una nueva ciudad con calles anchas , paralelas y perpendiculares , con saneamientos ,puentes que unían ambas ciudades , edificios neo-clásicos hechos por los arquitectos más notables de esa época , hace muy interesante pasear por Edimburgo y poder ver el contraste entre ambas "mundos"
Es agradable visitarla de día o noche , compartirla con los trabajadores de las oficinas y los bancos en sus jardines, sus bares, sus tiendas...
Nos gustó George Street , the Georgian House , sus edificios, parques...
The New Town provides a contrast to the Old Town. Instead of hills and winding streets, it is relatively flat, with dead-straight streets and beautiful squares lined with splendid Georgian townhouses. Many of these now, especially those on George Street, house exclusive shops and boutiques.
Impossible to miss in Edinburgh, the gardens lie between the Old and New Towns. Historically the Norloch (north of the Old Town) it was more a plaguey swamp than a rural idyll. Drained as part of the great improvements, it also proved an ideal place to put a railway and station (actually, there used to be two stations, one at each end). The gardens are split into two parts, cunningly described as the west and east, with the foot of The Mound separating them. The Scott Monument is the landmark of the east - as for the west: when you have the castle, what else do you need?
The pictures are from the east part - I took them to show the Scott Monument, and the beautiful autumn colours.
Charlotte Square is a beautiful square in the west end of George Street. It was designed in 1791 by the architect Robert Adams (it is a part of New Town). Around the square you can see fine Georgian Houses (one of them is a museum) and in the centre there is a lovely green park. Looks like a nice place to sit down in during a warm spring or summer day.
If you are planning to go to South Queensferry you can take a bus from Charlotte Square.
Charlotte Square, at the end of George Street, was designed by Robert Adam, and one of the houses, on the North side of the Square has been returned to its orginial splendour by the National Trust for Scotland, and is well worth a tour to give you a feel of what the city might have been like in Georgian Scotland.
At the entrance to Princes street gardens just next to the Scottish Royal Academy is the floral clock. This is a bank of flowers that is truely a working clock, complete with bird popping out to say cuckcoo on the hour. It is worth a look.
This is a square of terraced houses designed by the 18th century architect, Robert Adams. The idea was to give the overall effect of a palace instead of individual houses. Unfortunately, Adams died before the building was completed but there are houses on three sides of the Square. At number 28, you will find the main offices for the National Trust for Scotland. There is also a small art gallery and shop. The gallery contains two paintings that I was particularly taken with by Edinburgh artist Edwin Alexander. Free admission.
At number 7 is the Georgian House, owned by the National Trust of Scotland. This is a house that has been decorated as it would have looked when it was lived in 200 years ago. In each room there is a leaflet telling you about the art and furniture and there are also volunteers who answer questions. Admission is GBP5 for non National Trust members (GBP4 for children).
Charlotte Square in the new town is reknowned for its Georgian Architecture. The square is dominated by the West Register house and also contains many national level governmental offices.
New being a relative term here, the new city dates from the 18th century and is built in a Georgian style. Today its where the modern shopping district is.
This imposing cathedral is an interesting place to explore, and perhaps just slightly off the tourist route, but well worth a visit