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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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  • Grassmarket is so handy to everything with a lot of eateries and shops. It is walking distance to most of Edinburghs highlights. A Saturday market, dating to the 19th century is interesting too. 
  • After the Royal Mile and the New Town, this is an interesting place to walk round. Most people are aware of the pubs and the history, but not many realise that the old city walls can still be seen. If...  more »
  • This walkway is filled with history, restaurants and pubs! This was an area where public executions took place. On Saturday's, they have an open market.