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Architecture tour of the Old Town: Picturesque Fantasy

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    Stop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB Scotland

    The group will then delve into foreign architectural influences and the development of Scottish Baronial style as we walk through the serpentine of Cockburn street. 
    Amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Town social and physical backbone, The Royal Mile, your guide will narrate the story of the city's landmark and oldest building on the street - St Giles Cathedral.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St Giles' Cathedral, High Street Historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1RE Scotland

    St Giles Cathedral

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Riddle's Court, Riddles Court 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG Scotland

    After visiting Grassmarket and admiring the spectacular change of levels on Victoria Terrace, the group will discover a series of historical courtyards full of Scottish Baronial gems, such as James court, Riddle court and Ramsay garden where we will learn about the influence that a visionary biologist turned town planner Patric Geddes had on the Edinburgh Old Town.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF Scotland

    Around the corner you will discover the city's latest post modern museum inspired by Corbusian geometries and Iron Age Pictish structures. 

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: The Colonnades at the Signet Library, The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK

    Following a brief introduction of the New Town with a beautiful view towards the Firth of Forth delta, the party will sit down for lunch  in a magnificent Signet library that was converted into a restaurant of nouveau Scottish Cuisine.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: John Knox House Museum, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR Scotland

    We will appreciate the two oldest houses in Royal Mile.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd / Canongate, Royal MIle, Edinburgh EH99 1SP Scotland

    We will then march down the Royal Mile into Canongate, a previously separate burgh built up with nobles' mansions and sneak into little hidden orchards such as Trunks Close, Dunbar Garden, and Chessel's Court. 
    Towards the end of the tour you will be able to see how historical architecture influenced sensitive modern development in the Old Town. At last, you will savour the story of the Post Modern Arts&Crafts building - the Scottish Parliament.

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Reviewed June 13, 2019

    I did the 5 hour tour with Olga and loved it all. Despite the difficult weather. Olga reached out to us the day before as the weather forecasts were slightly dire. But as the prospects improved, we set out as scheduled. I am a retired...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Cobble_Tales, Owner at Cobble Tales - Architecture Tours of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it was our pleasure!

    Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

    Seeing Old Town any other way is just not the same. Olga’s knowledge, professionalism and passion for architecture and history was so appreciated! The pace of the tour was just right. Highly recommend.

    Thank K2Family
    Olga G, Owner at Cobble Tales - Architecture Tours of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

    Thank you so much!

    Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

    This tour was the first thing we did in Scotland and I’m so glad we experienced it first. Our flights had been delayed and Olga worked with us to fit in as much of the tour as time and our flight-weary bodies allowed! We had...More

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    Olga G, Owner at Cobble Tales - Architecture Tours of Edinburgh, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

    Thank you! Spending the afternoon with your family was a shear delight! Hope you guys are all well, best wishes to everyone!

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