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Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, the Grassmarket area is one of the most vibrant, picturesque and convivial areas of the city. A paradise of independent merchants, designers and artisans, the Grassmarket Edinburgh is simply...more
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21 Grassmarket | Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My daughter and I have booked an excursion to Edinburgh but it is on a Sunday. Will anything be open?

6  Thank Sonia T
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Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

This is awful. There is no grass for sale here! Be aware of the name! It's a lie! My children were very dissapointed as we were really excited to see how the Scottish to Kentucky blue grass but instead only to find pubs and resturants...More

8  Thank ByronPennycap
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All reviews pubs and restaurants royal mile public executions old town grass market white hart oldest pub in edinburgh great view of the castle victoria street interesting shops lots of history steeped in history sunny day worth a visit visiting edinburgh hangings stalls
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our flat was here in Grassmarket, so we ended each night here. The nightlife is lively. There is a Hostel across the street so there is just a lot of energy all the time. They have a small market on Saturday's. We really like this...More

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Grassmarket offers the best views of Edinburgh Castle and you can climb Granny Green’s steps right to the Castle Hill. And the atmosphere is wonderful - plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants. If the weather is good, you can seat outside, enjoy your meal and watch...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the 'hangings" to the pubs and the markets - this is a must do stop. We enjoyed the strolling, people watching and the great view of the castle and then taking the road up the hill to the various shops....

Thank 677ScottS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone will tell you of its history from the Market to the hangings. The pubs aren't great but it is and probably always will be the meeting and celebration place.

Thank RetiredWazza
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in a hotel in Grassmarket and this proved to be a great location to access all Edinburgh’s attractions. The city tour buses all stop here. Very helpful Easy to walk to castle and Royal Mile. There are many pubs in Grassmarket however many...More

1  Thank traceyg855
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here as part of a walking tour and had time to look at the area as there was rest break. It is near the castle and you descend down some steps. Plenty of bars and restaurants, some of it might be a tourist...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2018

We kept ending up here from the castle on the Royal Mile. I think it is because its downhill and connects to the park. Plenty of restaurants, pubs, and stores and it is very pretty.

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Reviewed 8 October 2018

500 year old pub, great restaurants, cafes and shops all just below the castle. Close to castle, old town and royal mile. Have a flight of scotch or a tea or coffee. Good food and entertainment at night.

Thank Cathy N
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We stayed 6 nights in the area on a golfing trip. The square offers a lot, access to Old Town, the Castle, the Royal Mile, food, shopping, transportation. Small drawback at night there are a few late revelers coming out of the pubs that seem...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

A really fun part of Edinburgh; lots of cool restaurants. Reminded us of the village in NYC. We ate lunch here and then came back here for dinner.

Thank ceeceem25
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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23 April 2018|
Response from Leah v | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in an Airbnb in Edinburgh. Found it easy and highly comfortable.
Phoebe D
28 September 2017|
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Response from fringewalker | Reviewed this property |
I have not been to the Grass Market at that time of year but I would believe the restaurants and pubs would stay open as it is the owners and employees means of earning a living and also, it is a good hang out for the locals... More
Heather H
4 January 2017|
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Response from TravelinGert | Reviewed this property |
I think I missed seeing this in time so sorry for that. Because it might help out others: I have not been there for Hogmany sadly but several tour guides and hotel staff told us the crowds die down and it gets much quieter... More