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The medieval atmosphere of the Grassmarket with its splendid views of the nearby castleis a vibrant and popular meeting place for visitors and locals alike.

Enjoy unique specialist shopping delivered by dedicated craftsmen, artisans and experts and many excellent hostelries.



Edinburgh Waverley Station is situated in the middle of the city centre and is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Greater Grassmarket area. Upon exiting the station, follow signs to the 'High St' or 'Royal Mile', once on the Royal Mile look for George IV Bridge which leads off fthe Royal Mile. 


There are plenty of Lothian Buses that will take you to the Greater Grassmarket area.
Buses 23, 27, 35, 41, 45 and Night Bus 27 drop you on George IV Bridge, the cosmopolitian entrance to the area.
To explore, you can then turn down either Victoria Street (just across from the National Library of Scotland) or Candlemaker Row (by the iconic, unmissable Greyfriar’s Bobby and Greyfriars Art Shop). Both streets are filled with independent shops and eateries and will lead you into the heart of the Grassmarket.
Bus 2 will take you right into the heart of the Grassmarket itself.
If you’re looking to do a bit of sightseeing from an open top double-decker bus, be sure to get the red City Sightseeing tour bus as it stops within the area.


Edinburgh has a number of cycle paths running through the city centre and we encourage visitors to cycle into the area. To create a route to Greater Grassmarket, we recommend the CycleStreets Journey Planner. Simply select your starting point and type 'Grassmarket' as your destination.


With so much to see and do, Edinburgh’s Greater Grassmarket area is perhaps best accessed by foot – that way you won’t miss anything! 

Many of our venues in and around the city centre are easily accessible on foot and by public transport so please consider the environment when planning your travel to and from our events. Public transport information is available from Traveline Scotland - and 0871 200 22 33 - 24 hours a day.

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