VMH Area Focus: New Town, Edinburgh











Edinburgh’s prestigious New Town is one of the capital’s most sought-after locations. The area is characterised by wide cobbled streets, grand Georgian architecture and a fantastic central location,


Built between the 17th and 19th century, the New Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The New Town area includes George Street (the principal street), Queen Street, St Giles Street, St Andrew’s Square and St George’s Square. Smaller streets include Rose Street and Thistle Street, Hanover and Castle Street. Charlotte’s Square and Shandwick Place also form part of the New Town.

The first building in the New Town was named Thistle Court, situated on the east end of Thistle Street. This was the first courtyard to be built in the New Town. Some of Edinburgh’s most prominent buildings are located in the New Town, including The National Archives of Scotland, as well as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  The Assembly Rooms, the Balmoral Hotel, The Scott Monument and Waverley train station are also some notable buildings in the area.

Robert Adam, William Henry Playfair and Thomas Hamilton with tasked with making Edinburgh the Athens of the North. Examples in the area include The Old Royal High School, Register House the Dome, and the aforementioned Assembly Rooms.

Initially, the New Town was envisaged as a residential area. However, it did not take long for retailers to take advantage of the fantastic location. This can still seen today, with the number of designer and high street stores, along with eateries and trendy bars found in the area.


The New Town features Neoclassical and Georgian architecture. The majority of homes are Georgian tenements, converted grand houses, and beautiful traditional town houses, as well as modern developments.

The area is ideal for families and professionals alike. Thanks to its wonderful central location, amenities and transport links, its also perfect for holiday homes and rentals.

This beautiful & stylish property is a prime example of a holiday-let on North Castle Street.

Further examples of architecture in the area: Fettes Row, Northumberland Street, Gayfield Street, and Annandale Street

Fettes Row Northumberland Street Gayfield Street Annandale Street

Beautiful Gardens

Residents of New Town may also enjoy access to some of Edinburgh’s most beautiful gardens. Private gardens (accessible to residents only) include Queen Street Gardens, Dean Private Gardens, and Charlotte Square Private Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Calton Hill and Regent Road Park can also be found in the area and are open to the public.

A Social Hotspot

In the heart of the city, residents of New Town have an unrivaled range of services and amenities on their doorstep. From fashionable bars and restaurants to hidden cocktail bars and retro speakeasies, this truly is a vibrant social scene.

New Town also hosts some of Scotland’s finest cultural venues, including the renowned Edinburgh Playhouse. While the New Town is the place for high-end shopping at luxury stores. Its tranquil streets and narrow mews are also a hotbed of artisan food, retailers, galleries, boutiques and more.

Ideal for Families

Thanks to its central location, the New Town has easy access to an excellent range of private and state schooling, including Fettes and The Edinburgh Academy.

The area boasts outstanding public transport links throughout the city and beyond. There are numerous bus routes, along with the tram line between York Place and Edinburgh Airport, and rail services at nearby Waverley Station.

If you’re thinking of selling your New Town home, contact us to arrange your Free Pre-Sale Valuation.