Webster's Land (Flat 202), Grassmarket

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Central modern apartment close to Castle and the Grassmarket

A bright modern one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1-4) with views to the Castle. Superb location next to the Grassmarket with the University, the City Centre and the EICC within easy walking distance. Close to restaurants, theatres, cinemas and a supermarket. Whether you are coming to Edinburgh for business or pleasure, this is a great place to stay.

Key Features

  • 3 star rating3 Star
  • Sleeps up to 4Sleeps up to 4
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • First floor (no lift)First floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • Freeview and DVD playerFreeview and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Public parking nearbyPublic parking nearby
  • Shops within 100 metresShops within 100 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Shared courtyardShared courtyard
  • Tumble dryerTumble dryer
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • Shaver pointShaver point
  • FridgeFridge
  • King bedKing bed
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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Living room with dining area

Living room with dining area


  • Sleeps one to four: one bedroom with king-size double bed; two single fold-out beds in living room
  • Living room with dining area; separate kitchen; bathroom with spa bath and shower over bath
  • Views to Edinburgh Castle

This recently redecorated apartment is bright and centrally located in an attractive building beside the famous Grassmarket and within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, nightlife and transport connections.

The living room has 2 windows, a dining area, and a comfortable sofa and chair. The chair converts to a single bed. A second fold-out bed is available upon request. This property is best suited for 2 guests, or for 3 or 4 guests for short stays of up to 4 nights. A TV with a build-in Digibox and a DVD are available as well as a hifi. Wifi internet is also provided free of charge. There is a small selection of books about Scotland, tourist information and a street map for guests to use.

The kitchen is separate with views to the Castle – you will rarely wash up with a better view! The kitchen is furnished with a microware, fridge and freezer, washer/dryer, coffee maker plus crockery and cutlery for 4 people.

The bedroom has two windows, one with a view to the Castle. It contains a king-size double bed. There is room for a cot if required and there is a large walk-in wardrobe with shelves and mirrored doors.

The bathroom has a shower over the bath and the bath is a spa bath, so you can soak away the rigours of sightseeing.

The apartment has electric heating, with radiators in each room. The price of electricity and local taxes is included. All bed linen and towels are included in the price. For the comfort of future guests, the apartment is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

The Grassmarket, just a few metres from the apartment

The Grassmarket, just a few metres from the apartment

This apartment is an ideal base from which to explore Edinburgh. The Old Town is at your feet: a warren of closes and side streets lead from the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile; while an entrance to Princes Street Gardens from King's Stables Road makes Princes Street and the New Town easily accessible by foot.

The apartment is situated in Webster's Land, a few metres from the Grassmarket, in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. (Webster is a Scots’ word for weaver, and a plaque on the front of the building near the entrance commemorates this Scots craft.) It's a short walk through the Grassmarket to the Royal Mile, the backbone of medieval Edinburgh, which connects Edinburgh Castle at one end with the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Parliament at the other. (Royal Mile is the combined name for the street formed by Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate.)

Edinburgh's main visitor attractions are on your doorstep and the neighbourhood is full of attractive independent shops and restaurants, bars and cafés to suit all budgets, from cheap and cheerful pizzerias to fine dining establishments. The Hub (the official centre for the Edinburgh International Festival) and the Festival Fringe office are on the Royal Mile, and you can easily walk to many Festival venues; the Usher Hall, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Filmhouse and Dance Base are all only a few minutes' walk away. You are also ideally placed to enjoy the Christmas and Hogmanay/New Year festivities. Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday morning only a short stroll from the apartment.

The area is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the number one visitor attraction in Scotland. Built on an extinct volcano, the Castle's varied architecture reflects its rich history. The oldest part of the Castle, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 1100s, and each passing century has brought its own additions. From the living room of the house you look up to the south wall of the Castle, which is protected by the 16th-century Half Moon Battery. The Castle is still a working garrison today, and during August it provides the stage for the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Grassmarket is one of the best-known areas of the city, with lots of bars, restaurants and independent shops. This used to be the working hub of the city; a bustling place of livestock, noisy workers, inns and stables. There have been markets (including horse and meat markets) since at least the 15th century; the first written record of a market is in 1477. In summer, the place comes alive with pavement cafes and street markets, and it has a lively nightlife scene. Notoriously the Grassmarket was the site for public executions, a memory reflected in the naming of the Last Drop pub: the name refers both to drops of drink and to the drop from the gallows! The Martyrs Cross in the centre of the Grassmarket commemorates the Covenanters who were hanged here in 1681 for their part in defending Presbyterianism in Scotland. You can find out more about Edinburgh's grisly past on the guided tours that leave from the Royal Mile; see for example Mercat Tours, Witchery Tours and Mary King's Close. In the Vennel to the west of the Grassmarket you can see one of the few remaining sections of the Flodden Wall, a defensive structure built around Edinburgh after the disastrous Battle of Flodden (1513), in which King James IV was killed.

The pubs in the Grassmarket were haunts of Roberts Burns (a plaque at the White Horse Inn commemorates his stay during his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791), Sir Walter Scott and many other writers, and you can retrace their steps on one of the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tours, which leave from the Beehive Inn. This is ‘an entertaining, witty and dramatic romp through the life and work of Scotland's great poets and novelists from the early 18th century to the present day.’

Don't miss Victoria Street, one of the most charming streets in the city, with its colourful mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars; it curves up from the Grassmarket to George IV Bridge.

Getting there

The apartment is about a 20-25-minute walk from the tram stop "Princes Street" (which runs directly from/to Edinburgh Airport) and a 20-minute walk from the main railway station: Edinburgh Waverley Station. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city centre. We will send you detailed directions before your arrival.

There is metered parking on Grassmarket and on King's Stables Road, though the maximum parking period is 2 hours. Parking on meters and single-yellow lines is free from 6.30pm to 7.30am; please check on-street signage for exact times of parking restrictions; parking is forbidden at all times on double-yellow lines. Castle Terrace Car Park is a couple of blocks away from the apartment. There is car and pedestrian access from both Castle Terrace and King's Stables Road. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click on this website  and you can search for “Edinburgh Castle Terrace”.

Edinburgh has an efficient public transport system run by Transport for Edinburgh. Trams and buses run throughout the city from early morning till midnight, after which there is a reduced night service. Transport for Edinburgh's information office is on Waverley Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Jeffrey Street.

  • “Excellent location, clean and comfortable apartment: Perfect location, Edinburgh castle, the Grassmarket (lively area for bars/pubs and restaurants), the Royal mile all within walking distance. Sainsbury up the road which was very convenient. Lovely clean apartment. Overall very pleased with the accommodation!”
  • “Awesome Apartment, brilliant location, with everything you could possibly need: My girlfriend and I stayed in June this year as we absolutely loved it. We have stayed in several apartments in various parts of Edinburgh over the past few years and this was by far and away the best. It's a great location, and everything you could need is already in the apartment, and there's a Sainsburys about 40 metres away. We would definitely stay there again.”
  • “Conveniently located and well appointed to satisfy a family's need for bonding and vacationing: Found the apartment to be a pleasant surprise and felt welcomed by the thoughtfulness of the owners. The apartment had things that are often taken for granted in self- catered places so that one can immediately make use of the place. Very good return on the money spent and would definitely use this again.”
  • “Fantastic flat: We stayed for a week to attend a wedding and then do some sightseeing. The flat is beautifully clean and well equipped with all we needed including a warm duvet and a king sized bed. It was very cold in Edinburgh when we were there, so it was nice to have a warm sitting room to come back to. The flat is 2 minutes walk from a supermarket, restaurants and there are plenty of buses and taxis nearby. We never waited more than a minute for a taxi.”
  • “My Home - I wish!: I spent weeks attempting to find reasonable lodging in Edinburgh. Something that was convenient to the major attractions, had some cooking facilities (at least a microwave) and wasn't hundreds of dollars per night. What a pleasure it was to find this place! Great location, superb price for the height of summer & every amenity I needed. I stayed here for 6 nights at the end of June. It was absolutely perfect. Took me not even 10 minutes to climb up ALL the stairs to get to the Castle. I did numerous day tours & they all picked up at the Castle as well. Everything was within walking distance. The suite itself was perfect for one person. Maybe two could have shared, but if you're used to North American sizes, this was pretty cosy. It came stocked with cream, tea and some coffee. The owner gave great directions to a little supermarket about a 2 minute walk up the street. Eating out in Edinburgh is very expensive whereas groceries are reasonably priced. This was the perfect option. The view from the bedroom & kitchen window was fabulous. I'd never tire of that. The laundry in suite was a blessing! I made good use of that!”
  • “Excellent apartment and location: We travelled to Edinburgh and stayed in this apartment for 5 nights. We had already been emailed all the details of how to get in and where everything was before arriving. In the apartment were various leaflets and maps which were a great touch as we looked through them and were inspired to go visit some of the attractions mentioned. We could not have asked for a better location, we were right in the old town, situated about 5-10 minutes walk from the Castle and Royal Mile. Would definitely be looking to go back and stay in the same apartment, thoroughly enjoyed our time here.”
  • “Fab fringe: Great location to see the fringe festival / edinbrough. Close to most of the attractions. Apartment clean tidy and has everything you need to make a short stay pleasurable. Nice and quiet and secure. Would highly recomend to others and will definitely use again.”
  • “Quiet, Convenient, Spotless Apartment: The apartment is a one-minute walk from the crowded and noisy Grassmarket, but because it is set back from the street, we heard no noise. The place is too small for more than 2 people, but it had everything we needed and more (pots, pans, etc.). Comfortable bed, plenty of travel literature, including recommendations of restaurants. We have stayed here twice and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.”
  • “Great find and so central: We stayed for 3 or 4 days last year and it was well appointed and clean. The bed was very comfortable, and it has a good kitchen and bathroom (we Australians appreciate good plumbing!). It is very central (but quiet) and the view of the castle from the kitchen window is quite dramatic! Helpful and friendly owner. We would definitely stay there again and recommend to our friends.”
  • “Central, comfortable and a lovely flat to stay in while visiting Edinburgh. We had a really great time, and staying in the flat was the icing on the cake.”
  • “Lovely and peaceful. Beautifully decorated and comfortable”
  • “Very pleasant and comfortable apartment to visit Edinburgh.”
  • “Comfortable and convenient location. Will recommend.”
  • “What a great flat! Comfortable and quiet with everything we needed. The location was perfect with easy access to the Festival venues. ”
  • “So much light and fresh air. And all the comforts of home. Many thanks.”
  • “Thank you so much! We had such a wonderful time at Webster's Land and would certainly love to come back!”

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