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Architecture of Money

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Olga

2 hoursHosted in English, Spanish, French and Italian
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Highlight: exclusive entrance to the private Queen Street Gardens.

On your walk with an architect-guide, connect the dots on what you know about the largest Georgian planned town development in the world:
• What guided the designers of the New Town?
• How much were the New Towners’ fortunes connected to slavery?
• Why so much of the now listed Georgian New Town was demolished?
• Why do even modern property developers see the New Town as the model of a “sustainable” city?

Through the masterplan drawn by the young James Craig and buildings by celebrated British architects such as Robert Adam, we will unfold the cultural context of Scottish Enlightenment, as well as the economic and political influence of the Union.

While walking its ordered, symmetrical grid of streets lined with Neoclassical tenements (yes, tenements!) we will learn the purpose of the New Town’s sunken basements and underground vaults. Finally, you will grasp the origins of typical Georgian details as your guide introduces fanlights, elegant ironwork of the original New Town street lights, and a palette of sandstone finishes.

For an exclusive insight into the chic Georgian lifestyle, you will enter a private park - available only with us - or if your aunt lives on Queen street!
Other things to note
We are "Good to Go" certified for providing safe tours.
- Tours outdoors only, in large open spaces.
- Small groups of up to 8 people.
- Physical distance of 2m during the tour.
- Digital handouts only.
- Guides do daily wellness checks.
- Guide and all participants wear face coverings on tour.
Highlight: exclusive entrance to the private Queen Street Gardens.

On your walk with an architect-guide, connect the dots on what you know about the largest Georgian planned town development in the world:
• What guided the designers of the New Town?
• How much were the New Towners’ fortunes connected to slavery?
• Why so much of the now listed Georgian New Town was demolished?
• Why do even modern property developer…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Sanitiser

Meet your host, Olga

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
We are Olga and Agustina, a team of architect-guides behind Cobble Tales. We have been showing Edinburgh's cultural history through architecture for years now. You will meet one of us on your tour, we cannot wait to share our savvy with you!
Agustina is a conservation architect. Olga is a tutor in architecture at Edinburgh University and a founder of Cobble Tales.
We have both received architectural education in the United Kingdom and absolutely adore Edinburgh as a place to live and work.
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Where you'll be

• Register House
• Dundas House
• Melville Monument
• Thistle Court
• Central Queen Street Park
• Hill Street Mews
• Frederick Street
• Castle Street
• George Street
• Charlotte Square
Charlie
February 2020
A great way to spend some time in Edinburgh and you’ll be sure to learn a few unusual pieces of information. Time well spent. Thank you!
Kate
August 2018
I incredible tour - it does not get any better than this if you want to learn about the architecture and history of the New Town in Edinburgh.
Lena
June 2018
Olga was an amazing guide with in depth knowledge about the city. She was very patient to explain more about details when I asked questions, and is a good storyteller. I learned lots of new things about architecture today than ever and it was such an unique way of exploring in town. Checking out the private garden was amazing. I will definitely sign up for her other tours when I visit Edinburgh again! Lastly, she gave great recommendations for food and drinks that I could go to after the tour :)
Olga was an amazing guide with in depth knowledge about the city. She was very patient to explain more about details when I asked questions, and is a good storyteller. I learned lo…
Helene
May 2018
The 5 hour achitectural tour with Olga was a delight. Having already visited Edinburgh in the past and done the standard touristy stuff, I was looking for a more in depth experience and wasn't disappointed. Olga is very knowledgeable and engages tour participants in discussions. It was great learning more about the background, inspirations and stories behind those beautiful buildings.
The 5 hour achitectural tour with Olga was a delight. Having already visited Edinburgh in the past and done the standard touristy stuff, I was looking for a more in depth experien…
Елена
May 2018
Excursion with Olga was very interesting. Olga told us a lot about architecture of Edinburgh, some features of old buildings. We learned practically a few architecture's styles. Olga showed us beautiful gardens of New Town, and secret places of Old Town. So, this event is strongly recomended.
Excursion with Olga was very interesting. Olga told us a lot about architecture of Edinburgh, some features of old buildings. We learned practically a few architecture's styles. Ol…
Vaidas
April 2018
Olga was friendly, informed, and highly engaging with the information she presented. She explained the architectural features of the different areas of Edinburgh and talked about how the areas were planned. I learnt great deal about the architectural details and history of the area. And afternoon tea in the gorgeous rooms of the Dome was a treat!
Olga was friendly, informed, and highly engaging with the information she presented. She explained the architectural features of the different areas of Edinburgh and talked about h…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Warm comfortable footwear (some cobbles and uneven soggy ground en route)

Umbrella and/or waterproofs (we WILL tour unless there is a huge storm)