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Charlotte Square

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Address: West end of George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Considered to be one of the finest Georgian squares in Britain, this plaza...

Considered to be one of the finest Georgian squares in Britain, this plaza has maintained many of its elegant, old buildings on all four sides.

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Charlotte Square is a beautiful example of Edinburgh's New Town. The ornate buildings are truly spectacular and are part of the wider area of Georgian architecture which forms... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Richard B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the week before Christmas Great Christmas tree on the square, and the lights on the street were really impressive. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Peter K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Charlotte Square is a beautiful example of Edinburgh's New Town. The ornate buildings are truly spectacular and are part of the wider area of Georgian architecture which forms the New Town which is UNESCO listed. There are some well known faces to be seen in the area and one of the properties in the square is known locally as Krankies... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Charlotte Square across the street from our luxury condominium was three blocks from Princes Street along a main road and a residential community. The architecture in the area was beautiful neo-classical, the park trees stately, and it was calm park just within the city center. We enjoyed the Book Fair located at the park during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Thank divadolling12
Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This stunning 18th Century Square in New Town is one of the finest Neo-Classical squares in the Britain. Robert Adam was the key architect. The west side has a large Neo-Classical building with a tower (which was formerly a church) situated between two large mansion houses which are all part of a connected row. On the north side one of... More 

Thank DohaInternational
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

One of our favourite places to go in August, in Edinburgh. A convergence of books, readers and authors for 2 weeks. Prettymuch something for everyone from 3 to 93. You mightget it signed to. Free admission to the festival tickets go very quickly for events but its great to hang out and read (anddrink coffee or something stronger). Highly recommended!

Thank whoolit
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

It's a nice enough square on foot. Shame that the gardens in the centre are inaccessible. Traffic around it is poorly managed and you often get clarted up when driving, which needs addressed.

Thank George M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Charlotte Square is where the Edinburgh Book Festival is setup during the Edinburgh Festivals Season. Right in the heart of the city at the west end of George street the Charlotte Square gardens seem an oasis of calm on a nice August evening when the book events are in full swing. Attend an event, browse the bookshop or enjoy a... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

The square was large with a beautiful statue in the center but there was no access as all the gates were locked. The architecture of the buildings around the square were however worth the visit to see the classic Georgian architecture. They included Butte House the residence of the First Minister and the restored house of Robert Adams.

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

A lovely quiet square in the heart of the New Town in Edinburgh. A great place to escape the crowds of Princes Street for a short break.

Thank Mike L
Drouin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

It has been many years since I last visited my ancestral homeland but each visit brings a tear to my eye. The charm of the old world; the history is overwhelming and never ceases to bring a lump to my throat

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Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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