Old Town & New Town

Location

The Old Town and New Town are the two main areas that make up the city centre of Edinburgh, served by Edinburgh Waverley train station. Together they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a protected area of cultural significance.

History

The Old Town is the ancient part of the city, dating back to the 12th century. It is based around the Royal Mile, a street one Scots mile long, with Edinburgh Castle at one end and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. The New Town is the Georgian part of the city, built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The main streets are George Street and Princes Street, named after the King George III and his two sons.

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