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Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply...more
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21 Grassmarket | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took a hop on hop off your of the city and decided to get off at Grass Market. What a great decision! It is a quaint and picturesque area with lovely little speciality shops, cobbled streets and many eating options plus the markets selling...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We used the Lothian Bus pass for 4 GBP which allows unlimited travel in Edinburgh city. After visiting the Greyfriar Bobby & the National Musuem of Scotland , we disembarked our bus to explore Grassmarket which is in the Old Town of Edinburgh. With its...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking up to Edinburgh Castle you can choose several pubs where to order your beer. Relaxing place. Lots of visitors.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank olaf j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Grassmarket is so popular with tourists most of the year but particularly during the Edinburgh Festival which somehow takes away from the enjoyment I used to have visiting here. Difficult to get a seat outside any of the pubs on the pedestrian side on...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked to Grassmarket on Saturday morning specifically to see the artisans and specialty food vendors. It is an easy location to find, and you can't miss the handful of vendors on the small central square. That said, the level of artistry wasn't there the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank brooksz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had a nice afternoon walking around the grassmarket. there are loads of bars and quirky shops in this area. prices are a bit high in bars but not to bad. please see my photos of this area all very close together worth a couple of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank frank1e
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Grassmarket is one of Old Towns busy areas for tourists. It harks back to fourteenth century and has pathways and stairways leading to the Royal Mile and Castle. Good views of the Castle high above from here. Some good eateries here. Good shops on route...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Undoubtedly one of the benefits of the Fringe is that you have cause to traipse all over Edinburgh centre and beyond. We actually got lost in the Grassmarket area en route to George Street after having taken in a couple of productions in the University...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Steve T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's all happening here in Grassmarket. Markets, pubs, restaurants, cobbled streets, shops of all descriptions selling locally crafted items and the BEST view of Edinburgh Castle to boot!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is the most colorful, bustling and vibrant area of Edinburgh. It is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in Edinburgh It is also the place to go shopping. Originally it was a marketplace for horse and cattle. It was also renowned...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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April 23, 2018|
Response from Leah v | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in an Airbnb in Edinburgh. Found it easy and highly comfortable.
September 28, 2017|
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Response from fringewalker | Reviewed this property |
I have not been to the Grass Market at that time of year but I would believe the restaurants and pubs would stay open as it is the owners and employees means of earning a living and also, it is a good hang out for the locals... More
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January 3, 2017|
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Response from TravelinGert | Reviewed this property |
I think I missed seeing this in time so sorry for that. Because it might help out others: I have not been there for Hogmany sadly but several tour guides and hotel staff told us the crowds die down and it gets much quieter... More