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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Came here while visiting all the possible Harry Potter spots in Edinburgh. Nice houses, great cafes and cute little shops.

Thank JanaZC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our hotel was here and our view of the castle was pretty much like what's in the photo adorning this entry in TA. This is such a fun area with lots to see and do. Others have mentioned noise and I can see how that...More

Thank maxpaste
Reviewed 5 days ago

Cool part of town next to the Royal mile and edinburgh castle where you can sit and people watch or enjoy your meal. I was expecting some sort of street market to be there but there were lots of bars/shops/restaurants anyways. They had the fringe...More

Thank Vjay S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Grassmarket is vibrant and busy with an eclectic range of shops, bars and restaurants - some of the bars are hundreds of years old with a great atmosphere and during the Festival, act as Fringe venues and offer free comedy performances. Grassmarket was used as...More

Thank annijes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This area of Edinburgh is part of the old town and during the Fringe and Festival is absolutely heaving with people, the street performers are out and there are plenty of eateries nearby. Well worth the visit.

Thank Markeverett
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great pubs and eateries in this small area but beware of the noise at night if you are staying at one of rhe hotels directly on Grassmarket. They provided ear plugs to allow,sleep. Great atmosphere and I would go again.

Thank saugramps
Reviewed 1 week ago

Grassmarket was a cattle market from the 15th century until the start of the 20th century, one of the oldest parts of the city, and although the architecture has changed the layout of its open space retains its historic character.years.

Thank Freya S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Accidentally ended up here after the National museum on a Sunday when they had a flea market. May be every day but got a great taste of Sunday’s in Edinburgh. The bars around were slammed though.

Thank Suzanne F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not too sure about what this is like at night for partying but during the day in summer, there are some great outdoor areas to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. It's always a busy area so if you like to sit...More

Thank KateW0909
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in an apartment at 1 Grassmarket v comfortable clean with good kitchen and amenities! Right in the old town it makes a great base for exploring! The city is always busy but seemed especially so and it’s not festival time yet. Would recommend.

Thank Clare H
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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