Edinburgh, Scotland: Georgian New Town

published 5 years ago by Rick Steves

In this video, we'll travel to Edinburgh's Georgian New Town and Princes Street Gardens. The New Town was a late 18th-century expansion for the upper class; the neighboring gardens were created by draining a lake. At www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.

The princess street gardens once a lake called the Nord lock its water was green creating apart now a favorite among locals. The draining of the lake was part of a huge expansion of Edinburgh back in the late eighteenth century this was a classic early example of urban blight. With the red sleeping and I live in the contest in old town and building a magnificent new one. Edinburgh's upper class now had a respectable district in which to prominence. The street plan was a logical checkerboard grid plan in tune with the age of enlightenment. Back when the 13 American colonies are fighting King George the third a new revolutionary style of architecture was popular all across Europe. On the continent they called it neo classical. Britain named it Georgian after her king. Edinburgh built an entire new town based on this style. George in Edinburgh was a parade of elegant symmetry and classical ornamentation. The shiny new ...

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