Guidebook for Edinburgh

Stewart
Guidebook for Edinburgh

Parks & Nature

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is within a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. The parks highest point is Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city. The hike is mildly challenging but the views are spectacular and I would thoroughly recommend the trek if the skies are clear. Public Transport: Bus to Holyrood Palace, east end of Royal Mile or use car park near Holyrood Palace.
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Arthur's Seat
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Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is within a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. The parks highest point is Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city. The hike is mildly challenging but the views are spectacular and I would thoroughly recommend the trek if the skies are clear. Public Transport: Bus to Holyrood Palace, east end of Royal Mile or use car park near Holyrood Palace.
The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. The lavish gardens offer visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery. Open all year, the Garden hosts a popular programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Make sure to check out what's on before you visit. I go at least once a week - it revitalizes your soul. Note: admission to the garden is free! The gardens currently have their magical lighting display on for December 2022 after dark. Look on their website for prices and to book tickets - it's fabulous!
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Edinburgh Kraliyet Botanik Bahçesi
Arboretum Place
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The Botanic Gardens are a centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. The lavish gardens offer visitors peace and tranquillity amongst 72 acres of stunning scenery. Open all year, the Garden hosts a popular programme of events, exhibitions and guided tours. Make sure to check out what's on before you visit. I go at least once a week - it revitalizes your soul. Note: admission to the garden is free! The gardens currently have their magical lighting display on for December 2022 after dark. Look on their website for prices and to book tickets - it's fabulous!
Our local park - very close to our apartment. Walk through this to reach the Botanics. It has a small but good play park for children and a hut to buy a coffee. Great for sitting on the grass above the pond in the summer with a picnic - fantastic views of the city from that vantage point. Lovely to go for a run, around the perimeter, if that is your thing!
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Inverleith Park
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Our local park - very close to our apartment. Walk through this to reach the Botanics. It has a small but good play park for children and a hut to buy a coffee. Great for sitting on the grass above the pond in the summer with a picnic - fantastic views of the city from that vantage point. Lovely to go for a run, around the perimeter, if that is your thing!
A different part of the city - if you go to the museum on Chambers Street you could take a walk in this area afterwards. Stunning views of Arthur's Seat from here too. Good for picnic in the summer months.
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The Meadows
Melville Drive
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A different part of the city - if you go to the museum on Chambers Street you could take a walk in this area afterwards. Stunning views of Arthur's Seat from here too. Good for picnic in the summer months.
Anyone staying with a car who likes to walk - then the Pentlands are amazing. We have various leaflets and suggested walks for this area in our flat.
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Pentland Hills Regional Park
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Anyone staying with a car who likes to walk - then the Pentlands are amazing. We have various leaflets and suggested walks for this area in our flat.
Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre area. Parking is available at Broad Pavement, St Margaret's Loch and Duddingston Loch car parks.
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Holyrood Park
Queen's Drive
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Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about 1 mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It is open to the public. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of gorse, providing a wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre area. Parking is available at Broad Pavement, St Margaret's Loch and Duddingston Loch car parks.
Great zoo to see the giant pandas: Yang Guang and Tian Tian after a new deal has recently been reached with China, meaning the pandas will not now return to them until the end of 2023.
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Edinburgh Hayvanat Bahçesi
134 Corstorphine Rd
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Great zoo to see the giant pandas: Yang Guang and Tian Tian after a new deal has recently been reached with China, meaning the pandas will not now return to them until the end of 2023.
Fabulous views of the city and Arthur's Seat - walk up to the top of Blackford Hill and back along the burn to the pond. It's well signposted for any walks when you arrive. Aim for the car park at the Royal Observatory, or park in a side street by the entrance to the pond. This is one of our regular walks in our family. To get to Blackford Pond take Lothian bus service number 41 to Cluny Gardens, or if driving there is plenty of free parking in the area (or drive up to the Royal Observatory car park area and walk from there).
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Blackford Hill and Pond
4 Charterhall Rd
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Fabulous views of the city and Arthur's Seat - walk up to the top of Blackford Hill and back along the burn to the pond. It's well signposted for any walks when you arrive. Aim for the car park at the Royal Observatory, or park in a side street by the entrance to the pond. This is one of our regular walks in our family. To get to Blackford Pond take Lothian bus service number 41 to Cluny Gardens, or if driving there is plenty of free parking in the area (or drive up to the Royal Observatory car park area and walk from there).
Leith and the shore area is really pretty and there are some great restaurants and pubs in this area. We walk there along the cycle paths from Stockbridge via the Rocheid Path. The Water of Leith can be followed for part of the route and it is a very attractive walk.
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Leith
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Leith and the shore area is really pretty and there are some great restaurants and pubs in this area. We walk there along the cycle paths from Stockbridge via the Rocheid Path. The Water of Leith can be followed for part of the route and it is a very attractive walk.
A beautiful Edwardian home with lovely grounds and a tranquil Japanese garden and stunning views of the Firth of Forth. There is free parking in the grounds and you can book to play croquet. Due to the pandemic the interior may not be accessible but you can admire the exterior for free! It's open all year round. We still love to visit the grounds and afterwards go to Cramond Island (walking across the causeway when the tide is out). Catch a number 41 Lothian bus from Queensferry Road to Cramond if you do not have a car.
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Lauriston Castle
2 Cramond Rd S
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A beautiful Edwardian home with lovely grounds and a tranquil Japanese garden and stunning views of the Firth of Forth. There is free parking in the grounds and you can book to play croquet. Due to the pandemic the interior may not be accessible but you can admire the exterior for free! It's open all year round. We still love to visit the grounds and afterwards go to Cramond Island (walking across the causeway when the tide is out). Catch a number 41 Lothian bus from Queensferry Road to Cramond if you do not have a car.
It offers an incredible panorama of the city, with great views of Arthur's Seat and boasts some monuments of its own, including one inspired by the Parthenon. And usually on April 30 each year it becomes the focal point for the incandescent celebrations of the Beltane Fire Festival. After going here you could go for lunch at Howies Restaurant on Waterloo Place (best to book a lunch slot beforehand). Or you could book a meal at The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage, which is located at the very top of Carlton Hill and has the most astonishing views of the city.
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Calton Hill
Calton Hill
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It offers an incredible panorama of the city, with great views of Arthur's Seat and boasts some monuments of its own, including one inspired by the Parthenon. And usually on April 30 each year it becomes the focal point for the incandescent celebrations of the Beltane Fire Festival. After going here you could go for lunch at Howies Restaurant on Waterloo Place (best to book a lunch slot beforehand). Or you could book a meal at The Lookout by Gardener's Cottage, which is located at the very top of Carlton Hill and has the most astonishing views of the city.
Situated in the Duddingston area of the city - you can catch a Lothian bus (which is what we do). If you have a car then it is an easy journey. I love this garden and the local Kirk too. We would combine this with a visit to the Sheep Heid Inn for lunch and have then tackled Arthur's Seat after that .....!
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Dr Neil's Garden
5 Old Church Ln
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Situated in the Duddingston area of the city - you can catch a Lothian bus (which is what we do). If you have a car then it is an easy journey. I love this garden and the local Kirk too. We would combine this with a visit to the Sheep Heid Inn for lunch and have then tackled Arthur's Seat after that .....!
Just love walking across the tidal causeway to Cramond Island and then back along the River Almond. There is a free car park, or you can catch a number 41 Lothian bus to Cramond from Queensferry Road. Make sure you check out tide times before any visit. Public toilets are available too.
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Cramond Adası
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Just love walking across the tidal causeway to Cramond Island and then back along the River Almond. There is a free car park, or you can catch a number 41 Lothian bus to Cramond from Queensferry Road. Make sure you check out tide times before any visit. Public toilets are available too.
Love walking through these gardens with the fabulous view of the castle. Note that there are two separate garden areas on Princes Street (divided by the Mound). East Princes Street Gardens run from The Mound to Waverley Bridge, and cover 8.5 acres (3.4 ha). The larger West Princes Street Gardens cover 29 acres (12 ha) and extend to the adjacent churches of St. John's and St. Cuthbert's, near Lothian Road in the west. In the larger garden, find the splendid Ross fountain which has now been restored to its full glory with amazing views of the castle from that point. Find the gorgeous flower clock with the cuckoo hatch at the end of the gardens which exit onto The Mound (summer months only). Find the lovely huge bronze baby elephant statue. There is a small children's play park and public toilets close to the fountain end of the gardens. In the summer you can buy a drink/ice cream in that section too. Take a picnic and sit on the grass in the summer.
East Princes Street Gardens
Love walking through these gardens with the fabulous view of the castle. Note that there are two separate garden areas on Princes Street (divided by the Mound). East Princes Street Gardens run from The Mound to Waverley Bridge, and cover 8.5 acres (3.4 ha). The larger West Princes Street Gardens cover 29 acres (12 ha) and extend to the adjacent churches of St. John's and St. Cuthbert's, near Lothian Road in the west. In the larger garden, find the splendid Ross fountain which has now been restored to its full glory with amazing views of the castle from that point. Find the gorgeous flower clock with the cuckoo hatch at the end of the gardens which exit onto The Mound (summer months only). Find the lovely huge bronze baby elephant statue. There is a small children's play park and public toilets close to the fountain end of the gardens. In the summer you can buy a drink/ice cream in that section too. Take a picnic and sit on the grass in the summer.

Arts & Culture

The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. I would advise booking your tickets online in order to beat the queues. Once up at the castle you can enjoy the spectacular views and rich history by taking a free live or audio guided tour. When you have finished exploring all the castle has to offer, there are two excellent cafes to sit and relax in. Arrive in time for the firing of the one o'clock gun (every day except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day).
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Edinburgh Kalesi
Castlehill
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The castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. I would advise booking your tickets online in order to beat the queues. Once up at the castle you can enjoy the spectacular views and rich history by taking a free live or audio guided tour. When you have finished exploring all the castle has to offer, there are two excellent cafes to sit and relax in. Arrive in time for the firing of the one o'clock gun (every day except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Set in a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace which sits proudly on the city’s skyline, the gallery holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. Located on Queen Street and it's free to visit! Love the spectacular entrance foyer, the library and the cafe here - they do great lunches for a good price. We go often!
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen St
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Set in a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace which sits proudly on the city’s skyline, the gallery holds the national collections of portraits, all of which are of, but not necessarily by, Scots. Located on Queen Street and it's free to visit! Love the spectacular entrance foyer, the library and the cafe here - they do great lunches for a good price. We go often!
Children love the landscaped area around the ponds. It is visually stunning. The Antony Gormley statue at the front entrance is a fun photo opportunity. Some exhibitions require payment but most of the building is free to view. Great cafe - especially on a good day when you can sit outside in the courtyard area. Really pretty.
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Rd
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Children love the landscaped area around the ponds. It is visually stunning. The Antony Gormley statue at the front entrance is a fun photo opportunity. Some exhibitions require payment but most of the building is free to view. Great cafe - especially on a good day when you can sit outside in the courtyard area. Really pretty.
Another great city museum - Google it.
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Surgeons' Hall Müzeleri
Nicolson Street
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Another great city museum - Google it.
If you like art - this place usually has some wonderful exhibitions on throughout the year.
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Royal Scottish Academy
The Mound
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If you like art - this place usually has some wonderful exhibitions on throughout the year.
For all lovers of art.
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National Galleries of Scotland
The Mound
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For all lovers of art.
Located in the Leith area of the city. You can walk back to Stockbridge along the Water of Leith Walkway. Loads of quirky pubs and restaurants can be found in the Shore area of Leith.
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Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Drive
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Located in the Leith area of the city. You can walk back to Stockbridge along the Water of Leith Walkway. Loads of quirky pubs and restaurants can be found in the Shore area of Leith.
If you are interested in history this is the place for you. Love visiting in December. This is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. You need to pay, so book your tickets on line. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
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Holyrood Sarayı
Canongate
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If you are interested in history this is the place for you. Love visiting in December. This is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. You need to pay, so book your tickets on line. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Good for families. It takes visitors through history from the Big Bang to the modern day. There are often lots of different events, so it is best to look on their website for details beforehand. You need to pay to enter.
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Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road
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Good for families. It takes visitors through history from the Big Bang to the modern day. There are often lots of different events, so it is best to look on their website for details beforehand. You need to pay to enter.
Children of all ages love this place.
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
549 Castlehill
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Children of all ages love this place.
On Charlotte's Square. Bring your National Trust card and then you can enter for free. Great introductory film and lovely to look around one of the furnished Georgian homes in all its glory.
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Georgian House
7 Charlotte Square
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On Charlotte's Square. Bring your National Trust card and then you can enter for free. Great introductory film and lovely to look around one of the furnished Georgian homes in all its glory.
Family attraction - showing how a wealthy merchant would have lived in a house first bought in 1617. National Trust - so free to holders of that card.
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Gladstone's Land
477B Lawnmarket
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Family attraction - showing how a wealthy merchant would have lived in a house first bought in 1617. National Trust - so free to holders of that card.
Free to visit site - amazing views of city from up here. Take your camera!
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Calton Hill
Calton Hill
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Free to visit site - amazing views of city from up here. Take your camera!
We love to visit the astonishingly beautiful Thistle Chapel inside St Giles (you need to pay to access that particular part but it is so worth it!).
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St Giles Katedrali
High Street
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We love to visit the astonishingly beautiful Thistle Chapel inside St Giles (you need to pay to access that particular part but it is so worth it!).
Mary King's Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh. You need to book and pay for this attraction.
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The Real Mary King's Close
2 High St
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Mary King's Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh. You need to book and pay for this attraction.
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, opened in 2002 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It was constructed in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School, which stood at the entrance of the Palace. The Queen's Gallery provides a purpose-built venue for a rolling programme of events and exhibitions of works from the Royal Collection. There is a great cafe with views of Arthur's seat - lovely for a coffee any time of the day if you are walking to the bottom of the Royal Mile.
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Kraliyet Galerisi, Holyroodhouse Sarayı
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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, opened in 2002 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It was constructed in the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon’s School, which stood at the entrance of the Palace. The Queen's Gallery provides a purpose-built venue for a rolling programme of events and exhibitions of works from the Royal Collection. There is a great cafe with views of Arthur's seat - lovely for a coffee any time of the day if you are walking to the bottom of the Royal Mile.
Great for children - look up their programme.
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Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St
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Great for children - look up their programme.
Our daughter and her friends loved this attraction in their early teens.
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The Edinburgh Dungeon
31 Market St
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Our daughter and her friends loved this attraction in their early teens.
Love this place as exhibitions are usually free and really good too. Look up their latest programme.
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City Art Centre
2 Market St
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Love this place as exhibitions are usually free and really good too. Look up their latest programme.
Located at the foot of the Royal Mile (opposite Holyrood Castle) - always interesting to view this building - love or hate it!
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Scottish Parliament Building
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Located at the foot of the Royal Mile (opposite Holyrood Castle) - always interesting to view this building - love or hate it!
Dovecot is a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh and a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design, with a small but good cafe. I love to visit this place and usually combine it with a visit to Blackwell's bookshop too. Established in 1912, Dovecot continues a century-long heritage of collaboration with international artists to make exceptional handwoven tapestries and gun-tufted rugs. It currently has a exhibition running from 28 January 2022 to 11 June 2022: The Art of Wallpaper Morris & Co. (If you love the work of William Morris, this is the exhibition for you!). Buy your tickets via their website.
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Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary St
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Dovecot is a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh and a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design, with a small but good cafe. I love to visit this place and usually combine it with a visit to Blackwell's bookshop too. Established in 1912, Dovecot continues a century-long heritage of collaboration with international artists to make exceptional handwoven tapestries and gun-tufted rugs. It currently has a exhibition running from 28 January 2022 to 11 June 2022: The Art of Wallpaper Morris & Co. (If you love the work of William Morris, this is the exhibition for you!). Buy your tickets via their website.
I just love this stunning heritage building in the Fountainbridge area of the city - it has been totally renovated in a very sympathetic fashion (it used to be a rubber factory and brewery complex). They sell great prints which are created in their printmaking studio & often have good art exhibitions. They also have a gorgeous cafe.
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Edinburgh Printmakers
1 Dundee St
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I just love this stunning heritage building in the Fountainbridge area of the city - it has been totally renovated in a very sympathetic fashion (it used to be a rubber factory and brewery complex). They sell great prints which are created in their printmaking studio & often have good art exhibitions. They also have a gorgeous cafe.
The Open Eye Gallery - established since 1982 and is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary private art galleries. Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town in a former Georgian townhouse, it offers an extensive and varied exhibition programme of Scottish contemporary painting, printmaking and applied arts throughout the year. I love looking around this gallery at 34 Abercroby Place - even the walk there from Stockbridge is architecturally gorgeous.
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Open Eye Gallery
34 Abercromby Pl
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The Open Eye Gallery - established since 1982 and is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary private art galleries. Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town in a former Georgian townhouse, it offers an extensive and varied exhibition programme of Scottish contemporary painting, printmaking and applied arts throughout the year. I love looking around this gallery at 34 Abercroby Place - even the walk there from Stockbridge is architecturally gorgeous.
The Usher Hall is a great concert hall for all ages. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,200 people in its recently restored auditorium, which is well loved by performers due to its acoustics. The programme for 2022 looks varied and fun. We have often walked from our flat and home again, to attend some great concerts. Look up their website for details.
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The Usher Hall
Lothian Road
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The Usher Hall is a great concert hall for all ages. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,200 people in its recently restored auditorium, which is well loved by performers due to its acoustics. The programme for 2022 looks varied and fun. We have often walked from our flat and home again, to attend some great concerts. Look up their website for details.
The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland. The bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside the United States. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. We have now walked across it twice as a family and there are great views of the other two bridges and the Firth of Forth. Catch a bus to South Queensferry from Queensferry Road (pretty small town to the West of Edinburgh) if you want to view the bridge and take some great photos - have lunch in one of the many pubs, cafes or restaurants (we like the Orocco Pier Hotel with its great views). Catch the train from Haymarket if you want to go across the rail bridge for spectacular views of the Forth Road Bridge - get off at North Queenferry (look up Scot Rail).
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Forth Road Bridge
Forth Road Bridge
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The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge in east central Scotland. The bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside the United States. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, to Fife, at North Queensferry. We have now walked across it twice as a family and there are great views of the other two bridges and the Firth of Forth. Catch a bus to South Queensferry from Queensferry Road (pretty small town to the West of Edinburgh) if you want to view the bridge and take some great photos - have lunch in one of the many pubs, cafes or restaurants (we like the Orocco Pier Hotel with its great views). Catch the train from Haymarket if you want to go across the rail bridge for spectacular views of the Forth Road Bridge - get off at North Queenferry (look up Scot Rail).
This gallery currently has a fabulous Barbara Hepworth exhibition running until early October 2022. Art & Life is a major retrospective. I went last week and it was superb. You need to pre-book tickets via their website. The building itself is fabulous, with a nice cafe and great views of the city from the large front lawn.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
75 Belford Road
This gallery currently has a fabulous Barbara Hepworth exhibition running until early October 2022. Art & Life is a major retrospective. I went last week and it was superb. You need to pre-book tickets via their website. The building itself is fabulous, with a nice cafe and great views of the city from the large front lawn.
East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market will host plenty of traditional chalets showcasing the best in artisanal festive products and goods from local makers, full of handcrafted decorations and gifts for all the family. Open Daily from 25th November until 3rd January, from 10am - 10pm.
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Princes Street
East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market will host plenty of traditional chalets showcasing the best in artisanal festive products and goods from local makers, full of handcrafted decorations and gifts for all the family. Open Daily from 25th November until 3rd January, from 10am - 10pm.
Something for everyone in this museum and it's free! We just love it - suitable for all ages. There is a fantastic viewing gallery on the top floor with great views of the city. After departing this museum, walk down lovely Victoria Street and into the Grassmarket.
İskoçya Ulusal Müzesi
Something for everyone in this museum and it's free! We just love it - suitable for all ages. There is a fantastic viewing gallery on the top floor with great views of the city. After departing this museum, walk down lovely Victoria Street and into the Grassmarket.

Food Scene

Rustic-chic gastropub with a Modern Scottish menu, draught and bottled beers, and whiskies galore. Located just around the corner from our place!
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The Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Rd
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Rustic-chic gastropub with a Modern Scottish menu, draught and bottled beers, and whiskies galore. Located just around the corner from our place!
Nok's dishes up a menu of authentic and beautifully presented Thai food in the romantic atmosphere of a 17th-century town house, heart of Stockbridge.
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Nok's Kitchen
8 Gloucester St
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Nok's dishes up a menu of authentic and beautifully presented Thai food in the romantic atmosphere of a 17th-century town house, heart of Stockbridge.
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting on George Street. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an elegant grill room beneath a spectacular cupola, with mosaic floors and stained glass windows.
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The Dome
14 George St
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Serving great cocktails in a historic setting on George Street. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an elegant grill room beneath a spectacular cupola, with mosaic floors and stained glass windows.
Sadly this restaurant in Stockbridge (as at March 2022) has now closed as the local owners are now concentrating their efforts on their other branch at Broughton Street - check the map for its location. Note that they do not permit anyone under 18 to eat there, due to Scottish Licencing laws. It is one of our favourite restaurants and we would walk via the New Town to get there. Some might prefer to get a cab or uber.
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Rollo Restaurant & Wine Bar
108 Raeburn Pl
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Sadly this restaurant in Stockbridge (as at March 2022) has now closed as the local owners are now concentrating their efforts on their other branch at Broughton Street - check the map for its location. Note that they do not permit anyone under 18 to eat there, due to Scottish Licencing laws. It is one of our favourite restaurants and we would walk via the New Town to get there. Some might prefer to get a cab or uber.
An institution in Stockbridge. Small, very informal. Good for parents with children. It does great homemade burgers (with vegetarian options too).
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Bells Diner
7 St Stephen St
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An institution in Stockbridge. Small, very informal. Good for parents with children. It does great homemade burgers (with vegetarian options too).
A new Italian restaurant in Stockbridge. Some recent guests went with their teenage children and gave really good feedback to us about this place.
Pepe Nero Restaurant
1-3 Raeburn Place
A new Italian restaurant in Stockbridge. Some recent guests went with their teenage children and gave really good feedback to us about this place.
Good restaurant for families in Stockbridge. Nice place to go for a drink - lovely bar inside or they now have a large canvas set up outside with lighting, if you prefer to remain outside.
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The Raeburn
112 Raeburn Pl
162 yerel halk öneriyor
Good restaurant for families in Stockbridge. Nice place to go for a drink - lovely bar inside or they now have a large canvas set up outside with lighting, if you prefer to remain outside.
Cute independent cafe in the centre of Stockbridge - sells good coffee and cakes.
40 yerel halk öneriyor
Cowan and Sons
33 Raeburn Pl
40 yerel halk öneriyor
Cute independent cafe in the centre of Stockbridge - sells good coffee and cakes.
We would walk to this restaurant from our place, but some might like to take an uber. It's new on the scene and is fab.
36 yerel halk öneriyor
The Little Chartroom
14 Bonnington Road
36 yerel halk öneriyor
We would walk to this restaurant from our place, but some might like to take an uber. It's new on the scene and is fab.
Situated in Thistle Street - good vibe. 15 minutes walk from our place.
64 yerel halk öneriyor
The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle St
64 yerel halk öneriyor
Situated in Thistle Street - good vibe. 15 minutes walk from our place.
If you like fish, this is the place for you - situated in Thistle Street.
119 yerel halk öneriyor
Fishers In The City
58 Thistle Street
119 yerel halk öneriyor
If you like fish, this is the place for you - situated in Thistle Street.
Fun interior and good for lunch on George Street. Often do deals if you look on the internet.
205 yerel halk öneriyor
Tigerlilly
125 George St
205 yerel halk öneriyor
Fun interior and good for lunch on George Street. Often do deals if you look on the internet.
Very nice for a celebration meal - we were last there to celebrate our teenager's exam results and all loved it.
50 yerel halk öneriyor
The Ivy on the Square - Edinburgh
6 St Andrew Square
50 yerel halk öneriyor
Very nice for a celebration meal - we were last there to celebrate our teenager's exam results and all loved it.
Restaurant situated on Broughton Street. Good to go for for lunch if you have been for a walk up Calton Hill. Great food and keen prices.
69 yerel halk öneriyor
Educated Flea
32B Broughton St
69 yerel halk öneriyor
Restaurant situated on Broughton Street. Good to go for for lunch if you have been for a walk up Calton Hill. Great food and keen prices.
Teenagers love this restaurant on St Andrew's Square. Note there is also another branch at 1 Castle Terrace.
27 yerel halk öneriyor
Wagamama
1 Castle Terrace
27 yerel halk öneriyor
Teenagers love this restaurant on St Andrew's Square. Note there is also another branch at 1 Castle Terrace.
Great Indian restaurant on St Andrews Square.
212 yerel halk öneriyor
Dishoom Edinburgh
3a St Andrew Square
212 yerel halk öneriyor
Great Indian restaurant on St Andrews Square.
Look at the boozy lunch deal offers for this hotel - 15 minutes' walk from our place on Drumsheugh Gardens. Served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm until 2.30pm. Lovely ambiance and excellent deal.
6 yerel halk öneriyor
The Bonham Hotel
35 Drumsheugh Gardens
6 yerel halk öneriyor
Look at the boozy lunch deal offers for this hotel - 15 minutes' walk from our place on Drumsheugh Gardens. Served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm until 2.30pm. Lovely ambiance and excellent deal.
Located in St Stephen's Street, in Stockbridge. Great food and a really good Sunday lunch (which is great value for money).
31 yerel halk öneriyor
Purslane Restaurant
33A St Stephen St
31 yerel halk öneriyor
Located in St Stephen's Street, in Stockbridge. Great food and a really good Sunday lunch (which is great value for money).
Found at Lady Lawson Street - we would walk, but some guests might prefer to take an uber. Family owned and run restaurant.
185 yerel halk öneriyor
TIMBERYARD
10 Lady Lawson St
185 yerel halk öneriyor
Found at Lady Lawson Street - we would walk, but some guests might prefer to take an uber. Family owned and run restaurant.
If you like Thai food this is the place for you - in a rooftop eatery with sleek modern looks and glass walls for castle views. Found on Castle Street (20 minute walk from our place).
128 yerel halk öneriyor
Chaophraya Thai Restaurant
33 Castle St
128 yerel halk öneriyor
If you like Thai food this is the place for you - in a rooftop eatery with sleek modern looks and glass walls for castle views. Found on Castle Street (20 minute walk from our place).
If you are in the Old Town this is a great restaurant choice - found on Advocate's Close. Cosy, brick-lined pub boasting 300+ whiskies, plus burgers, meat dishes & craft cocktails.
228 yerel halk öneriyor
The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate's Cl
228 yerel halk öneriyor
If you are in the Old Town this is a great restaurant choice - found on Advocate's Close. Cosy, brick-lined pub boasting 300+ whiskies, plus burgers, meat dishes & craft cocktails.
Found on Alva Street in the West End. About 15 minutes' walk from our place. This is one of our regular places to eat for locally sourced Scottish cuisine.
36 yerel halk öneriyor
Forage & Chatter
1A Alva St
36 yerel halk öneriyor
Found on Alva Street in the West End. About 15 minutes' walk from our place. This is one of our regular places to eat for locally sourced Scottish cuisine.
For those who like French food - found in Broughton Street. A twenty five minute walk from our place. Describes itself as a classic French bistro with white walls and posters for a classic French menu using local produce.
176 yerel halk öneriyor
L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant
56 Broughton St
176 yerel halk öneriyor
For those who like French food - found in Broughton Street. A twenty five minute walk from our place. Describes itself as a classic French bistro with white walls and posters for a classic French menu using local produce.
Noto is an independent restaurant and bar, focused on food for sharing, small domaine wine producers & bespoke cocktails. located in Thistle Street.
22 yerel halk öneriyor
Noto
47a Thistle St
22 yerel halk öneriyor
Noto is an independent restaurant and bar, focused on food for sharing, small domaine wine producers & bespoke cocktails. located in Thistle Street.
Restaurant based in 97 Hanover Street - offers a great tasting menu. Recommended by guests who stayed in November 2021. They caught a cab from the flat as it was a cold evening.
34 yerel halk öneriyor
SIX by NICO EDINBURGH
97 Hanover St
34 yerel halk öneriyor
Restaurant based in 97 Hanover Street - offers a great tasting menu. Recommended by guests who stayed in November 2021. They caught a cab from the flat as it was a cold evening.
This Inn serves great food and I usually reach it by bus. If you have access by car then it's an easy drive. The Queen has even eaten at this place(!) and it's pretty to wander around the area and visit the beautiful free Dr Neil's Garden at the same time.
168 yerel halk öneriyor
The Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
168 yerel halk öneriyor
This Inn serves great food and I usually reach it by bus. If you have access by car then it's an easy drive. The Queen has even eaten at this place(!) and it's pretty to wander around the area and visit the beautiful free Dr Neil's Garden at the same time.
A local Indian restaurant - on Craigleith Road, just past Waitrose. Good for families to eat at. 15 minutes' walk from our place.
15 yerel halk öneriyor
Ronaq Indian Restaurant, Comely Bank
10-12 Craigleith Rd
15 yerel halk öneriyor
A local Indian restaurant - on Craigleith Road, just past Waitrose. Good for families to eat at. 15 minutes' walk from our place.
The Gardener's Cottage - fabulous for a special lunch. Local produce and beautifully presented. Tucked away on London Road Gardens. Several of our guests have been here and loved it. You could head up Carlton Hill afterwards.
341 yerel halk öneriyor
The Gardener's Cottage
1 London Road
341 yerel halk öneriyor
The Gardener's Cottage - fabulous for a special lunch. Local produce and beautifully presented. Tucked away on London Road Gardens. Several of our guests have been here and loved it. You could head up Carlton Hill afterwards.
Family-owned wine bar and bistro on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge. They also serve breakfasts and Sunday roasts. Quality seasonal British cuisine.
Whiskers Wine Café
Family-owned wine bar and bistro on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge. They also serve breakfasts and Sunday roasts. Quality seasonal British cuisine.
If you love whisky give this award-winning Whiski Rooms bistro restaurant a go. It has over 300 to choose from (mostly malt), plus an attached shop. Overlooks the Mound with great views of Princes Street and Edinburgh. They also host whisky tastings every day (subject to any covid restrictions).
59 yerel halk öneriyor
Whiski Rooms
4-7 N Bank St
59 yerel halk öneriyor
If you love whisky give this award-winning Whiski Rooms bistro restaurant a go. It has over 300 to choose from (mostly malt), plus an attached shop. Overlooks the Mound with great views of Princes Street and Edinburgh. They also host whisky tastings every day (subject to any covid restrictions).
This restaurant comes highly recommended by some recent guests who loved it so much that they went twice! Located in a neighbourhood close to Stockbridge and minutes from Princes Street (with parking beside the venue). It has great reviews. Located at 18 Eyre Place, EH3 5EP
78 yerel halk öneriyor
New Chapter
18 Eyre Pl
78 yerel halk öneriyor
This restaurant comes highly recommended by some recent guests who loved it so much that they went twice! Located in a neighbourhood close to Stockbridge and minutes from Princes Street (with parking beside the venue). It has great reviews. Located at 18 Eyre Place, EH3 5EP
Recommending this local Stockbride restaurant on the basis of feedback from recent guests (March 2022) - who rated it as excellent. They offer a five or seven course tasting menu.
29 yerel halk öneriyor
Radicibus italian restaurant
2 Deanhaugh St
29 yerel halk öneriyor
Recommending this local Stockbride restaurant on the basis of feedback from recent guests (March 2022) - who rated it as excellent. They offer a five or seven course tasting menu.
A great choice for anyone who loves mash, lots of options for all types of tastes - look their reviews up on Trip Advisor. They are based on the Mound at 9 North Bank Street and have fab views of the city. Fussy children may also love this place! You can get a bus direct from the end of our road to the Mound.
22 yerel halk öneriyor
Makars Gourmet Mash Bar (Mound)
9-12 Bank St
22 yerel halk öneriyor
A great choice for anyone who loves mash, lots of options for all types of tastes - look their reviews up on Trip Advisor. They are based on the Mound at 9 North Bank Street and have fab views of the city. Fussy children may also love this place! You can get a bus direct from the end of our road to the Mound.
Love this place - it is found in Thistle Street - about a 25 minute walk from our place. Good food and atmosphere.
64 yerel halk öneriyor
The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle St
64 yerel halk öneriyor
Love this place - it is found in Thistle Street - about a 25 minute walk from our place. Good food and atmosphere.
Recent guests who stayed in September 2022, really rated this new Tom Kitchin restaurant in Bruntsfield on the South side of the city. They ate out a lot and this was their top recommendation!
Kora by Tom Kitchin
14-17 Bruntsfield Place
Recent guests who stayed in September 2022, really rated this new Tom Kitchin restaurant in Bruntsfield on the South side of the city. They ate out a lot and this was their top recommendation!
Classic Scottish seafood dishes in the West End (just over Dean Bridge). Wine and cocktail bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. We would walk there from Stockbridge.
Dulse Edinburgh
Classic Scottish seafood dishes in the West End (just over Dean Bridge). Wine and cocktail bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. We would walk there from Stockbridge.

Drinks & Nightlife

A hush hush speakeasy bar disguised by a vintage barber shop facade. The bar has a creative and extensive cocktail menu.
298 yerel halk öneriyor
Panda & Sons
79 Queen St
298 yerel halk öneriyor
A hush hush speakeasy bar disguised by a vintage barber shop facade. The bar has a creative and extensive cocktail menu.
An intimate cocktail bar hidden down a steep set of stairs in a stylish subterranean Queen Street cellar.
236 yerel halk öneriyor
Bramble Bar & Lounge
16A Queen St
236 yerel halk öneriyor
An intimate cocktail bar hidden down a steep set of stairs in a stylish subterranean Queen Street cellar.
A nice wine bar which you might miss as it is tucked away down a side street in Stockbridge!
76 yerel halk öneriyor
Good Brothers Wine Bar
4-6 Dean St
76 yerel halk öneriyor
A nice wine bar which you might miss as it is tucked away down a side street in Stockbridge!
Great coffee from this place in Stockbridge.
53 yerel halk öneriyor
Artisan Roast Stockbridge
100A Raeburn Pl
53 yerel halk öneriyor
Great coffee from this place in Stockbridge.
Newly refurbished historic building - go for a drink if you like whisky, or to the restaurant with its spectacular views of the city.
37 yerel halk öneriyor
Johnnie Walker Princes Street
145 Princes St
37 yerel halk öneriyor
Newly refurbished historic building - go for a drink if you like whisky, or to the restaurant with its spectacular views of the city.
West Register Street, close to St Andrews Square. Fun basement bar and restaurant. Google it.
18 yerel halk öneriyor
Lady Libertine
25 W Register St
18 yerel halk öneriyor
West Register Street, close to St Andrews Square. Fun basement bar and restaurant. Google it.
Found in West Register Street in the city centre. Some recent guests went for drinks and loved the atmosphere.
104 yerel halk öneriyor
The Voodoo Rooms
19a W Register St
104 yerel halk öneriyor
Found in West Register Street in the city centre. Some recent guests went for drinks and loved the atmosphere.
Independent cheese & wine bar in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge district go there for a great glass of wine with well-matched cheese or charcuterie, in an attractive setting. Ten minutes' walk from our place. Book a table first.
91 yerel halk öneriyor
Smith & Gertrude
254 Hamilton Pl
91 yerel halk öneriyor
Independent cheese & wine bar in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge district go there for a great glass of wine with well-matched cheese or charcuterie, in an attractive setting. Ten minutes' walk from our place. Book a table first.

Options for breakfast and brunch

Located in Frederick Street. Good for its Full Scottish Breakfast option, which includes haggis for those that wish to try it! Also offers veggie and lots of other tasty breakfast and brunch choices.
7 yerel halk öneriyor
Greenwoods Edinburgh
61 Frederick Street
7 yerel halk öneriyor
Located in Frederick Street. Good for its Full Scottish Breakfast option, which includes haggis for those that wish to try it! Also offers veggie and lots of other tasty breakfast and brunch choices.
Found in N.W Circus Place in Stockbridge - good for breakfast & brunch options. There is currently seating outside on the pavement too!
140 yerel halk öneriyor
The Pantry
1 N W Circus Pl
140 yerel halk öneriyor
Found in N.W Circus Place in Stockbridge - good for breakfast & brunch options. There is currently seating outside on the pavement too!
Great independent cafe for brunch or lunch at 121 Hanover Street. They now take bookings on line too.
69 yerel halk öneriyor
Urban Angel
121 Hanover St
69 yerel halk öneriyor
Great independent cafe for brunch or lunch at 121 Hanover Street. They now take bookings on line too.

Cheesemongers in Stockbridge

Great cheesemonger in Stockbridge.
56 yerel halk öneriyor
IJ Mellis Cheesemongers
6 Bakers Place
56 yerel halk öneriyor
Great cheesemonger in Stockbridge.
On our doorstep in Stockbridge - great artisan cheese, bread and preserves.
17 yerel halk öneriyor
George Mewes Cheese
3 Dean Park St
17 yerel halk öneriyor
On our doorstep in Stockbridge - great artisan cheese, bread and preserves.

Coffee bean selection (ground for you) & tea selection

A boutique coffee roaster on our doorstep in Stockbridge - excellent ground coffee beans and also tea for you to purchase and brew at home!
23 yerel halk öneriyor
Mr Eion Coffee Roaster
9 Dean Park St
23 yerel halk öneriyor
A boutique coffee roaster on our doorstep in Stockbridge - excellent ground coffee beans and also tea for you to purchase and brew at home!