Dean Village Edinburgh
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is located a short walk from Edinburgh's popular Princess Street, wrapping around the tranquil Water of Leith. This once grain milling village is now a suburban oasis and a beloved spot for locals and tourists alike but the history goes back around 800 years, making this one of Edinburgh's oldest working villages.
When walking around Dean Village,
you may observe remains of the activities and lifestyle held in the place - the tiny medieval homes and plaques decorated with big bread loaves and hearty pies.
One of the most prominent buildings in the village is Well Court, a 1880s-built accommodation for local grain mill workers. Dean Village
at some point comprised about 11 grain mills powered by the Water of Leith.
Due to the milling activities of the village, Dean Village
became associated with the "Edinburgh Trade of Baxters (or Bakers) - the association later built their tolbooth (meeting chambers).
Whilst walking around the village and through its cobbled streets and alleys, it is easy to be taken by the history of the place. You can not only appreciate the longevity of the buildings but also the continuation and preservation of these in modern days and its picture-perfect atmosphere. A short walk away, you can also visit the Dean Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, both impressive buildings housing international and local art, with many free exhibitions.
After walking through Dean Village,
you can take a 15 minute walk to Stockbridge, where you will find plenty of eateries, wine bars, produce shops, homewares, clothing, coffee and tea houses, as well as numerous Georgian terrace homes and an eclectic bohemian atmosphere.
is definitely worth considering when visiting Edinburgh - it is close to the city centre and a beautiful historical place for a free walk around by yourself or with fellow travellers of all ages.
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