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Address: West end of George Street 40 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ, Scotland
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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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Peaceful green area surrounded by lovely architecture

Had a day trip to Edinburgh today with my daughter and Charlotte Square was our first port of call. Situated in the 'new town' and at the west end of George Street. A nice quiet... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Had a day trip to Edinburgh today with my daughter and Charlotte Square was our first port of call. Situated in the 'new town' and at the west end of George Street. A nice quiet peaceful area away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The central green area, which also has some trees, is surrounded by some... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 536 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Most cities around northern Europe have similar buildings, domes, spires, big tall Georgian and Victorian style housing, which have the odd interval of a city square, here we have Charlotte square, an attractive city square from about 200 years ago, matured into a beautiful rural cityscape so to speak, mature trees, well maintained grass, but much the same as you'd... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

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.

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Thank Peter K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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Thank Richard B
Miami Beach, Florida
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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.

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Thank divadolling12
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
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 

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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!

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Thank whoolit
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 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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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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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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