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Edinburgh New Town


The New Town in Edinburgh was the idea of King George III and the design he decided on was originally 3 main streets with 2 Squares one in the East and one in the west at each end of George Street. With 4 streets crossing vertically from Princes Street to Queen Street. Click on the buttons below to see what's in each of the streets.

Edinburgh New Town


George III Statue Edinburgh

The naming of  “The New Town”

In 1759 King George III had a new town built as an extension of Edinburgh City, as the over population of the old town streets had become unliveable. A bridge was built as an access to where the new town would be built (North Bridge). Where the area of the Nor Loch once covered, now Waverley Rail Station and Princes Street Gardens stand. When the plans for the new town were agreed the King named the streets with the main street after himself (George Street).

The other streets of the new town were named after as follows: Queen Street, named after his wife the Queen: St. Giles Street after the city’s patron saint, St. Giles: St. Andrew Square after the patron saint of Scotland and George Square after the patron saint of England. The smaller street between George Street and Queen Street is named Thistle Street (Scotland’s national emblem) The street between George Street and St. Giles Street named Rose Street

(England’s national emblem). King George, after consideration, rejected the name St. Giles Street as St Giles being the patron saint of lepers and also the name of a slum area on the edge of the City of London. It was renamed Princes Street after his sons, the three Princes. The name of St. George Square was also changed to Charlotte Square after his wife Charlotte the Queen as there was already a George Square just outside the old town. Thistle Street was split into three separate street names, from the west end. It became Young Street then Hill Street after the architects who built the new town with the final part remaining Thistle Street now half the length of Rose Street. The three streets running across the main street completing the new town area, Castle Street named for the view of the castle, Frederick Street after the king’s father Frederick and Hanover Street was after the Royal house of Hanover. The main access to the new town was by the North Bridge. The Nor Loch was drained and the debris from the excavations of the new town were piled up in the middle of the now dry bed of the loch and formed the mound the only other access from the old town to the new town. The gardens were then formed on both sides of the mound in the dry bed where the loch had been at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, running the length of Princes Street. The first buildings in the New Town to be built were in Thistle Court, at the east end of Thistle Street in 1767, this building can still be seen today.

Calton Hill

Waterloo Place

Regent Road

View of Calton Hill Edinburgh

West Princes Street Gardens

west princes street gardens edinburgh

George Street

Hanover Street

 Frederick Street


Cockburn Street

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Stockbridge Edinburgh 

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St Andrews Square

Thistle Court

St Andrew Square Edinburgh

 Princes Street

princes street edinburgh

The Mound 

Bank Street - North Bank Street

Mound Place - St Giles Street

The Mound Edinburgh

Waverley Bridge

Edinburgh Waverley Bridge

Charlotte Square

North Charlotte Street

Charlotte Square North Side.

Edinburgh New Town North

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East Princes Street Gardens

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Castle Street

North Castle Street

Castle and North Castle Street

Market Street

East Market Street

Market Street Edinburgh


Royal Botanic Gardens

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