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Not all of Edinburgh’s attractions are well-known. There’s a few out there that are still relatively unknown to tourists, some of them are even unknown to Edinburgh locals. In this post I want to write about some of these lesser known attractions.
Each year Edinburgh receives thousands of tourists and it’s a shame to think that everybody comes to see the big attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Some of these lesser known places have great historical significance too. If you know of any other similar attractions, let us know by commenting below.
1) Dean Village
Dean Village is just a 5 minutes’ walk from Edinburgh’s city centre. It’s located at the foot of a steep cobbled hill and surrounded by lush greenery. The Water of Leith flows just beside it. It’s not hard to see why Dean Village is also known as the Water of Leith village. Small business offices and residential flats are located within the village. There are very few public amenities (shops and restaurants) in Dean Village. This is what has enabled the village to retain its sleepy but picturesque character. The Dean Bridge is the chief attraction here along with St Bernard’s Well.
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Dunbar’s Close garden is a 17th century garden and one of the best kept secrets of Edinburgh. Walking through its gates is like entering a completely different world. The garden is beautifully laid out over 3 quarters of an acre. The trees and manicured bushes are the hallmark of this garden along with the lovely flowers and the unusual plants. You can enjoy wonderful views of Calton Hill from the garden. There are only a few places in Edinburgh which are truly secret. Even Dunbar’s Close Garden quietly fills up with people who join in on the walking tours.
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‘The Water of Leith Walkway is a footpath sued by the general public. As the name suggests, it runs along the Water of Leith. The walkway starts at Balerno and ends at Leith. It provides free access to a number of interesting sites like Dean Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art. There is a cycleway too which is very popular. Since the walkway traverses Dean Village, it’s an excellent opportunity for tourists to have a glimpse of the village too.
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This is far from a regular Edinburgh attraction; it’s actually quite a strange place. Hidden in a little alleyway, is the former site of a South-western style furniture shop. The place is now semi-abandoned and only a few workshops and garages remain. There’s facades of a saloon, jail, stables and a trading station. This was never meant to be a tourist attraction but if you’re a big fan of Wild West and abandoned buildings then it’s certainly worth a visit. Get yourself a photo dressed up like a cowboy and show it to your friends when you get back.
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Here’s another intriguing attraction in Edinburgh. Gilmerton Cove is a complex series of passageways and chambers beneath the streets of Gilmerton. This is a true archaeological mystery and has baffled the experts for more than 300 years. The exact origins of this site are not clear. The cove features a well, a fireplace and a blacksmiths forge. One of the theories put this as being a secret Drinking Den while others think it was a secret meeting place of the Knights Templar.
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