Architecture Tour of Edinburgh Dean Village

Cobble Tales

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What You'll Get

The walk will start in Stockbridge market, with an introduction of the history of villages around medieval Edinburgh. The party will then stroll along the Water of Leith towards St Bernard's Well while trying to spot abundant local wildlife. Here your guide will analyse the origins of Alexander Nasmith's ideas and the embodiment of a Claudian landscape that is the site of St Bernard's Well. Having acquainted ourselves with the influences of 1750s grand tours, we will approach the overpowering Dean bridge, Thomas Telford's structure to connect Dean Estate to the New Town.
The group will then find themselves right in the heart of the Baxter's guild's settlement that still contains the old bridge, tolbooth, a mill, and a weir. Here, the role of flour milling, its heyday and eventual demise will be discussed. Using existing buildings as an example, your guide will introduce you to the wider subject of Scottish Baronial architecture. 
As we navigate the lanes of Dean Village, the group will come upon the red sandstone courtyard of Well Court, previously Victorian Social housing funded by a local philanthropist and the proprietor of the Scotsman Newspaper. 
On the way to the galleries, your guide will take you through a fashionable 19th century cemetery and familiarise you with a few influential figures buried here. Discovering fragments of Dean House, encased into retaining walls of the cemetery will be a special treat to any curious mind. 
Thomas Hamilton's orphanage turned gallery will present a great opportunity to discuss Edinburgh philanthropy traditions as well as discover various stone finishes of Georgian Edinburgh. 
The tour will end with a beautiful example of stark Greek Revival orphanage (now Modern Gallery 1) facing a landform sculpture by Charles Jencks.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Point
Tour departs from the riverside entrance of the Stockbridge Market.

Departure Time
Tours are available everyday at 10am, as well as 2pm on weekends.

2 hours

Return Details
The tour ends outside Modern Gallery One

Voucher Info
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