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Edinburgh, situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth and with a population of around 450,000, is Scotland’s capital and second largest city. It is now the home of the new Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, at the foot of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, second only to London in the UK, attracting more than ten million visitors each year, the main attractions being Edinburgh Castle, which hosts the annual military Tattoo, Holyrood Palace and the new Parliament building, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe and the Hogmonay street party held in Princes Street. Other famous landmarks include the Scott monument, St Giles's Cathedral, the Law Courts, the Royal Museum and Edinburgh University. Several viewpoints overlook the city, most prominent of which are Arthur’s Seat, which overlooks the Old Town and Holyrood Park;  and Calton Hill, on which sit Nelson’s Monument and the old Royal High School, for a period the home of the devolved Scottish Assembly: and the unfinished National Monument, modelled on the Greek Parthenon, giving rise to Edinburgh’s nick name of the “Athens of the North”. The map below shows the features of the city, its streets and houses as they were in the middle of last century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

Edinburgh Map
Edinburgh city map

Map of Edinburgh

Old map of the city of Edinburgh circa 1950

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Edinburgh Map

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew

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