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Grassmarket, Edinburgh
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The Grassmarket is a historic market place and an events space in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Scotland. In relation to the rest of the city it lies in a hollow, well below surrounding ground levels.LocationThe Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and forms part of one of the main east-west vehicle arteries through the city centre. It adjoins the Cowgate and Candlemaker Row at the east end, the West Bow (the lower end of Victoria Street) in the north-east corner, King's Stables Road to the north west and the West Port to the west. Leading off from the south-west corner is the Vennel, on the east side of which can still be seen some of the best surviving parts of the Flodden and Telfer town walls.The view to the north, dominated by the castle, has long been a favourite subject of painters and photographers, making it one of the iconic views of the city.HistoryFirst mentioned in the Registrum Magni Sigilii Regum Scotorum as "the street called Newbygging under the castle", the Grassmarket was, from 1477, one of Edinburgh's main market places, a part of which was given over to the sale of horse and cattle .
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  • Stayed in this area recently on a weekend trip away and couldn't have chosen a better spot. Lively bars and great choice of places to eat make this an area well worth a visit if you are planning a tri...  more »
  • Where most of the young Edinburgh locals meet to drink, eat and have fun. Some of the oldest pubs in Edinburgh are located here, with wonderful stories to tell, Some great local shops, crafts, clothin...  more »
  • This is a great area to visit for a drink or something to eat, good atmosphere and lots of choice. Its a bit of a walk down the steps or you can take a stroll down the street (steepish) from the Royal...  more »