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Best Architecture Tours in Edinburgh as a date night idea
15 June 2020
The capital city of Scotland is steeped in hundreds of years of often turbulent history. It is also the host of the largest arts festival in the world when visitors from all over the world descend on numerous venues to enjoy concerts, theatre, performances, exhibitions, and much more. Resident or visitor, Edinburgh is the perfect location for a date night. If you’re browsing through dating site and connect with someone who suggests a visit, why not start planning a rendezvous here? This city has featured as the scenic backdrop to so many classic movies over the years, parts of its world-renowned skyline will already feel familiar to you. A terrific date night idea would be to embark on an architectural tour to immerse yourself in this vibrant location’s history. With that being said, dating experts from this website have compiled a list of the most romantic architecture tours that you can embark on in a beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Castle Tour
Perched atop on extinct volcano with commanding views in all directions, this imposing building has been a focal point for centuries. It contains the city’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel, and has endured sieges, plagues, and the turmoil of wars against England and France. In more peaceful times it is now a massive tourist attraction, with 70% of city visitors exploring its ancient ramparts, exhibition centers, and recreated prison cells (over 2 million people annually.) One of the most notable events is the firing of the ‘one o’clock gun,’ a ceremonial discharge of a cannon that reminds the city of the time!
The Architecture Tour of Edinburgh Old Town
Running down the incline from the Castle to Holyrood Palace, from west to east, is the so-called ‘Royal Mile.’ This medieval thoroughfare contains a mish-mash of architecture, with some towering tenements (high-rise blocks of flats) being early examples of skyscrapers. If this main street is the Old Town’s spine, a series of alleyways run from it, north and south, like vertebrae. Locally, these are referred to as ‘closes,’ sometimes reflecting the trades of former residents (Fleshmarket Close, Old Fishmarket Close.) Tours will take you and your partner deep into this fascinating labyrinth.
Architecture Tour of Dean Village from Edinburgh
Although Edinburgh is relatively small compared with the world’s larger metropolises, its skyline is wonderfully varied. Congregating around Edinburgh’s former milling area, The Dean Village is a cluster of picturesque housing south of the city center, with some buildings dating to the 19th-century. Renovated during the 1970s, it now contains charming flats in the shadow of the 400-feet high Dean Bridge, and overlooking the city’s main river, the Water of Leith. A tour of this alluring area is perfect for a date. After taking in the elegant architecture, there are many places in the surrounding area where you can adjourn for refreshments.
Architecture Tour of Edinburgh New Town
Mostly constructed during the Georgian period (the early to mid-19th century), the New Town was built as an antidote to the overcrowding of the Old Town clustered around the Castle. Tours of these grandiose streets focus on the magnificent architecture, as well as the stories of the many renowned residents.
City of the Dead tour
In a city where there are fascinating and violent historical tales around every corner, the cross-over into the fantastical and supernatural is quite a short leap. There are many tours that will treat you to ghost stories; but many focus on truths that are often stranger than fiction. Deacon Brodie was a respectable figure by day and an arch-criminal by night (the source of the famous ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ novella by renowned Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson. This and many other gripping tales can form the backdrop of a memorable backdrop.
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