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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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  • An historical part of Edinburgh. Nice and a good place where to eat for lunch or diner. It's also where the last public hanging took place in Edinburgh. It's close to the Royal Mile, Saint Giles Cathe...  read more »
  • This market holds the oldest pubs of Scotland. Series of some mouth watering restaurants and bars makes it a must place to be. In morning locals come there to sell their produce and in evening its com...  read more »
  • We took the "hop-on / hop- off" bus the second day we were in Edinburgh. We got off & spent time in the Grassmarket area. I loved it there. The history is interesting & of course the architecture hist...  read more »
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