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Address: Bank Street and Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, Scotland

Built between 1829 and 1832, this bridge or elevated street spans more than...

Built between 1829 and 1832, this bridge or elevated street spans more than 1,000 feet in length, linking Chambers Street and the Royal Mile.

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Impressive area

Architecturally rich area to visit, lots to see and do. We went over this several times on our way to Princess street and enjoyed the sights.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Architecturally rich area to visit, lots to see and do. We went over this several times on our way to Princess street and enjoyed the sights.

Thank Scumblebunny
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Architecturally impressive area with the bridge linking it. As a bridge it's surly if it's time period but is a busy but useful throughfare for locals and tourists.

Thank Sarah D
Marysville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Didn't realize it was a bridge, until I read it. Couple areas it looks like a bridge, otherwise it looks like a street. Interesting buildings: library, church, former church (no Frankenstein Pub), etc. Anchored on the lower end by Grey friars Bobby.

Thank JeffMarysville
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

We were looking for something a bit more casual when we found this gem. The menu was varied and we could have selected numerous dishes. My husband selected the BLT served on a bun with salad and fries. I selected the meat pie which was filled with tender beef and topped with a flaky crust. A side of roasted broccoli... More 

Thank Phyllis K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

George IV Bridge links the Royal Mile with the National museum of Scotland and with the Grassmarket. You can visit the restaurant where Harry Potter's writer used to get her inspiration from or Frankenstein, a themed and Gothic pub with an animatron that shows up during the whole day. 👻 You can enjoy the Hogmanays night from this street as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Not a space available ..place packed and everybody as froendly as u can get ...seen the bridge before the bells and its a cracking bridge princess street to the mile ..as said only place to be for firwwork display from castle ...abs fantastic

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We had purchased 48 hour passes which could be used on any of the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus services, which wind their way around Edinburgh Old Town and New Town. Whilst travelling on these buses, we had the opportunity to visit the George IV Bridge several times. This is another character-laden part of Edinburgh, which we thoroughly enjoyed by hopping... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

not only is this one of the main arteries to the grassmarket but also has many historical buildings and a variety of shops and restaurants as well as the main link to grey friars bobby and the Kirk yard

Thank graham p
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

What a street to walk along. Steeped in history with the most amazing buildings. Stop by Greyfriars Bobby, walk down into the grassmarket, stop off in great restaurants such as the Outsider or Ondine. A 'must' stop off for any tourist.

Thank McAnnie1
Gibbons, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

i love edinburgh, nothing but history, the george IV bridge is a structure that has stood the test of time, make sure to visit the area when you are there

Thank Shane S

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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