Experience hosted by Olga

2 hours, Hosted in English and French
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Accompanied by your architect-guide, stroll the lush valley of the Water of Leith and discover:

• Where are the remaining visible signs of the former industrial activity in Dean Village?
• Which Scottish castle is the Well Court social housing design based on?
• Why did the Lord Provost pay for the Dean Bridge out of his own pocket?
• Why do Georgian orphanages look like extravagant country mansions?

You will marvel at the goddess Hygiea within a Neoclassical mineral water temple, then take in the 1830s stonework of Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford.
You will discover the picturesque Baronial legacy of the ancient milling village, that still contains the old bridge, tollbooth, a mill, and a weir, all formerly controlled by the Baxters (bakers) incorporation.
We will chart the fate of Dean Village from industrious prosperity to complete disrepute, to becoming the most desirable residential district in Edinburgh.
While discussing model Victorian social housing we will wander into the Well Court, funded by the owner of the Scotsman Newspaper.

Lastly, we will make our way through a chic 19th-century Dean cemetery to spot the tombstones of some of the most architecturally influential men in Edinburgh: Lord Cockburn and William Playfair.

We will finish off with (two!) exceedingly glamorous Georgian orphanages now converted into modern art galleries.
Other things to note
We are "Good to Go" certified for providing safe tours.
- Tours outdoors only, in large open spaces.
- Small groups of up to 8 people.
- Physical distance of 2m during the tour.
- Digital handouts only.
- Guides do daily wellness checks.
- Guide and all participants wear a face covering on tour.
Accompanied by your architect-guide, stroll the lush valley of the Water of Leith and discover:

• Where are the remaining visible signs of the former industrial activity in Dean Village?
• Which Scottish castle is the Well Court social housing design based on?
• Why did the Lord Provost pay for the Dean Bridge out of his own pocket?
• Why do Georgian orphanages look like extravagant country mansions?

You will…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Sanitiser

Meet your host, Olga

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 2 Reviews
  • Identity verified
We are Olga, and Agustina, a team of architect-guides behind Edinburgh architecture tours. We have 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!
Agustina is a conservation architect. Olga is a tutor in architecture at Edinburgh University and a founder of Cobble Tales - Edinburgh architecture tours.
We have both received architectural education in the United Kingdom and absolutely adore Edinburgh as a place to live and work.
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Where you'll be

The walk will start in Stockbridge market, continuing along the Water of Leith towards St Bernard’s Well, Dean Bridge, Old Baxters Tolbooth, Well Court, Dean Cemetery, Dean Gallery and finish at the Modern Gallery One.

2 reviews

Lilly
August 2019
This was a great walk! My tour guide, Marie, was fantastically knowledgeable and left lots of space open for participation and questions.
Julie
August 2019
Great tour, perfect level of detail and a good pace. Good for adults and older children. Highly recommend.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

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

What to bring

Umbrella or Rain Jacket

Comfortable Footwear