Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland which is one of Europe’s most celebrated streets. This street runs for about one mile on an east-west axis and acts as a dividing line between Edinburgh’s 18th centry New Town and the old medieval sector which includes the Royal Mile.

Princes Street is Edinburgh’s premier shopping destination which offers an open aspect to the Princes Street Gardens and Castle to the south. A new tram line has been installed along the street and trafiic is now mainly restricted to buses and taxis. There is a concentration of historic buildings and monuments on and accessible form Princes Street which includes:

  • Duke of Wellington Statue by Sir John Steell, 1852. Erected to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo.
  • Register House by Robert Adam and Robert Reid, 1774-1834. Houses Scotland’s national records.

Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Scott Monument by George Meikle Kemp, 1844. A complex Gothic design which commemorates poet and novelist, Sir Walter Scott.

Scott Monument, Ediburgh, Scotland

  • Royal Scottish Academy by William Playfair, 1832. Houses contemporary art.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • National Gallery by William Playfair, 1845. Houses a world class collection of fine art.

National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Allan Ramsay Statue, Princes Street Gardens, by Sir John Steell, 1865. Ramsay was an 18th century portrait painter.
  • St. John’s Church by William Burn 1816. A Gothic revival building with fan-vaulted interior. 
  • Caledonian Hotel by Peddie and Washington Browne, 1902. Combines Dutch Baroque gables with French roofs. Originally a railway hotel.
  • View of monuments on Calton Hill to the east.

Busker on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

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