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Georgian New Town with an Architect

design walk

Georgian New Town with an Architect

7 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English, French, Italian, Spanish
design walk

Georgian New Town with an Architect

design walk

Georgian New Town with an Architect

7 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English, French, Italian, Spanish

What you'll do

This an ultimate tour for the admirers of scholarly classical beauty. With your architect-guide, soak in the Scottish Enlightenment spirit on a walk through "a model city" - the largest Georgian planned town development in the world.  For an exclusive insight into the chic Georgian lifestyle, we will enter a private park - available only with us, or if your aunt lives on Queen street! We will soak in the neoclassical ornaments under the starlit dome of the most impressive banking hall in Europe. Then find one of the last remaining original mews that served the grand townhouses in the Georgian era. While walking its ordered, symmetrical grid of streets lined with Neoclassical tenements (yes, tenements!) we will learn the purpose of the sunken basements and why Edinburgh won't clean its blackened sandstone facades! Through the masterplan drawn by the young James Craig and buildings by celebrated British architects such as Robert Adam, we will unfold the cultural context of Scottish Enlightenment, as well as the economical and political influence of the union between Scotland and England. For personalised tours , alternative dates, time or group size: please get in touch! Check out our other experiences: Architectural walk in the Old Town: >airbnb.co.uk/experiences/376389 Architecture and History of Dean Village: >airbnb.co.uk/experiences/387289

Your hosts

We are Olga, Agustina and Marie, a team of architect-guides behind Edinburgh architecture tours. Our collective has been showing Edinburgh's cultural history through architecture for years now. You will meet one of us on your tour, we cannot wait to share our savvy with you! Olga is a tutor in architecture at Edinburgh University and a founder of Cobble Tales - Edinburgh architecture tours. Agustina is a conservation architect, and Marie is currently finishing her masters in architecture at Edinburgh University. We have all received architectural education in the United Kingdom and absolutely adore Edinburgh as a place to live and work. We speak English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Lithuanian. If you are not an English speaker, request the language ahead of booking and we will match you up with the guide.
Olga
Olga
Marie
Marie
Agustina
Agustina

What's included

Equipment
Your guide will hand out printed sheets with timelines associated to the New Town. Your guide will show old maps and drawings…

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Where you'll be

You will learn of the Georgian New Town while enjoying a vibrant quarter of Edinburgh full of high-end retail and offices. We will encounter designer clad professionals lunching alfresco in deluxe restaurants, and well-to-do residents walking their labradoodles. New Town's architectural status is unique in the world in terms of its size, monumentality and degree of preservation, but it definitely does not get enough traveler's attention!

Availability

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

You don't need to be an architect to enjoy this experience! We will make sure the architecture tells you the story no matter your background.

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Georgian New Town with an Architect
7 reviews
From £20/person
7 reviews
From £20/person