Princes Street, Edinburgh

Princes Street is one of the main thoroughfares in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, and this historic road is also famous for featuring some of the best shopping opportunities in the city. Not only that, but if you’re looking for a luxury Edinburgh hotel, then you’ve come to the right place!

Stretching roughly a mile, from Leith Street at the eastern end, as far as Lothian Road to the west, Princes Street is for the most part pedestrianised – so the only traffic you are likely to encounter here is public transport and bicycles. The majority of the street’s shops, bars, cafés and restaurants are built on the north side, while to the south the view is, for the most part, left clear. This allows for superb panoramic views out over some of Edinburgh’s main attractions, including the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle.

The foundations for Princes Street were laid in the late 18th century, during the building of Edinburgh’s New Town – now referred to as the First New Town. Plans for the street were devised by the famous architect James Craig, while the name ‘Princes Street’ is accredited to the eldest sons of King George III: Princes George and Frederick. As it lay at the outer edge of New Town, facing Edinburgh Castle and drawing the boundary between this and the Old Town of Edinburgh, Princes Street was intended to form a dramatic new centre point to the city.

Over the years Princes Street has undergone a number of redevelopments, most notably during the 19th century. Around this time most of the properties were enlarged from their original three-storey formats, and many of them were converted to serve a retail function.

Nowadays Princes street is synonymous with some of the best designer outlets and boutique stores in all of Edinburgh. From high street brands to exotic fashion houses, and from specialist gadget stores to antiquarian bookshops; there really is something to suit every taste on Princes Street. When you stay at one of the many Princes Street hotels Edinburgh will be right at your doorstep.

On top of that, you’ll find countless charming cafés, bars and restaurants scattered along the street, as well as a host of historic attractions that are open to the public – the Princes Street Gardens, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Royal Scottish Academy being just a few of them.


November 30, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destination Tips

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