Living in New Town
If you're looking for a blend of city centre living with beautiful cobbled streets, then look no further than New Town. Below we've compiled essential information about New Town so you can decide if it is for you or not.
New Town at a glance*
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Don't be fooled by the name: Edinburgh's New Town is dripping in gorgeous history and the beautiful architecture Edinburgh is known for. Only a few minutes from the retail and commercial City Centre and five minutes' drive from the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, New Town is considered a masterpiece of city planning and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. New Town houses are a mix of Georgian townhouses, flats and mews properties.
This exclusive area enjoys all the benefits of city centre living with a wide variety of local shops, bistros and restaurants in the Stockbridge and Broughton areas. There are excellent local schools in both the state and private sectors. Regular bus services operate to all parts of the Capital. Waverley Station and Edinburgh Bus Station are also close by.
Drummond Community High School
St Thomas Of Aquin's High
Leith Walk Primary School
St Mary's RC Primary School (Edinburgh)
Edinburgh Academy Senior School lies within the New Town, while Fettes College isn't far away.
The main University of Edinburgh Campus lies not far south of the New Town.
Residents of New Town are never more than a 20 minute walk away from Edinburgh Waverley Station where they can take a train to other locations across Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK. Visit the ScotRail website for more information.
There are two Edinburgh Tram stops right on the edge of New Town, where residents can take a tram right out to Edinburgh Airport or Ocean Terminal with a generous selection of stops along the way. Visit the Edinburgh Trams website for more details.
Edinburgh Bus Station is also only a few streets away from Waverley Train Station, where New Town residents can travel to other parts of Scotland the UK via Megabus and CityLink. Visit the Megabus website here and the Citylink website here.
Lothian Buses run nine bus routes through New Town. All of these buses head into the City Centre, but when heading outwards they take residents to several different places including the Western General, Queensferry and the coastal suburbs of Edinburgh. Visit the Lothian Buses website for more information and to download timetables.
Calton Hill, which offers gorgeous views of the city, and London Road Gardens lie within New Town. Holyrood Park, which is home to Arthur's Seat, is within walking distance of New Town. The Water of Leith Walkaway also stops by New Town on its journey through the city.
New Town has a generous selection of pubs, cocktails bars and restaurants for a relaxed night out. If you fancy a nightclub, you'll find the biggest selection in Old Town, which lies just south of New Town.
There's a Tesco Superstore not far from New Town, near the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. There's also a medium sized Co-op in Stockbridge. There are also smaller food shops dotted around New Town.
New Town borders Princes Street where you'll find a generous selection of high-street shops, as well as Waverley Shopping Centre. St James Quarter is also in New Town.
New Town is home to a selection of churches, covering several denominations.
Canonmills Baptist Church
Edinburgh North Church
First Church Of Christ Scientist
Stockbridge Parish Church
While not a place of worship itself, The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is located in the middle of New Town.
Annandale Mosque lies on the eastern boundary of New Town. The Shahjalal Mosque And Islamic Centre is also in the same area.
There is no synagogue in New Town, however the Chabad Jewish Community of Edinburgh can be found on the other side of Edinburgh Castle.