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Webster's Land (Flat 521), Grassmarket

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Central apartment with spectacular backdrop of the Castle

A bright modern one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1-3) 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 3Sleeps up to 3
  • Free Wi-fiFree Wi-fi
  • Second floor (no lift)Second floor (no lift)
  • Electric heatingElectric heating
  • TV and DVD playerTV and DVD player
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • IronIron
  • Shops within 50 metresShops within 50 metres
  • Linen/towels providedLinen/towels provided
  • Non-smokingNon-smoking
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Cot/Highchair on requestCot/Highchair on request
  • No pets allowedNo pets allowed
  • Washing machineWashing machine
  • Electric cookerElectric cooker

More features

  • FridgeFridge
  • King bedKing bed
  • RadioRadio
  • ShowerShower
  • MicrowaveMicrowave

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View of Edinburgh Castle from the walkway. Images of the inside of the apartment will follow shortly

View of Edinburgh Castle from the walkway. Images of the inside of the apartment will follow shortly

 

  • Sleeps one to three: one bedroom with king-size double bed; sofabed for one guest
  • Living room with kitchen area; shower-room
  • Views to Edinburgh Castle from the walkway

This fully renovated 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 apartment is situated on the 5th floor, with the entrance from the main street on the 3rd floor, so there are only 2 floors to go up. This is one of the idiosyncracies of Edinburgh, because the city is built on many hills!

The living room has 2 windows, a dining area, and a comfortable sofa and chair. There is a TV with a built-in Digibox and a DVD. 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 area is furnished with a microwave, fridge and freezer, washer/dryer, coffee maker plus crockery and cutlery for 3 people.

There is a king-size bed in the bedroom and a sofabed for one in the living-room. There is room for a cot if required.

There is a shower-room with an electric shower (no bathtub).

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.

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.

  • “Cozy flat in excellent conditions, child-friendly, and in prime location: We really enjoyed our stay here. The flat seemed to have been recently refurbished, and it had everything we needed for us and our daughter. The flat is within walking distance to Grassmarket, the Castle, and the Edinburgh International Conference Center. Lynne made sure we had everything we needed and was always available to respond to our questions. I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Edinburgh.”
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  • “Central location & excellent apartment: It is so central to all the sights and was a great base from which to explore Edinburgh. Very impressed with the decor of the apartment and also too with the facilities. It was so well kitted out and the kitchen had everything we needed. Owner very nice to deal with.”
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  • “Wonderful comfortable clean gem: The apartment was fantastic. So well designed there was everything that we needed for our 5 day stay. There is a little grocery store a half block away with fresh everything. Part of the joy staying here was cooking. Something I don't have time to do in my "regular life" is walk to all the cities attractions. Met and exceeded my expectations. The comfortable bed ... a delight considering how a good nights sleep makes or breaks the next day.”
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  • “Great apartment in every way: I cannot recommend this apartment or the owner more highly. The apartment was quiet, ideally located and within walking distance of everything you might want in Edinburgh. It would be great for anyone looking to explore the city easily. We had everything we needed in the apartment and it was extremely comfortable and clean with great shower and kitchen facilities. Like a proper home from home. We would definitely stay again without hesitation and it was fantastic value, so much cheaper and more comfortable than a hotel.”
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  • “Close to everything: We could see the castle right outside the balcony, we walked to everything all weekend. Was close to a market and to the pubs in the Grassmarket area. The only downside was carrying up suitcases two flights of steps so not for elderly or physically limited travelers, Very comfortable bed.”
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