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Wandering into Dean Village feels like you've stepped into a completely different city. Although historical and beautiful like the rest of Edinburgh, Dean Village was a separate village until the 19th century, renowned for its water mills- giving it its distinct look and feel. Its industrial past can still be spotted today, just look out for the mill stones and carved stone plaques.
Situated on the Water of Leith, this area is a haven of water and greenery. Peaceful and tranquil, it's hard to believe that it's just a 5 minute walk from the bustle of Princes Street.
We would recommend enjoying a stroll along the Water of Leith where you'll spot the mighty Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford, and the temple of St Bernard's Well before arriving in lovely Stockbridge which is home to several good coffee shops, independent shops and pubs to enjoy.
It's also well worth visiting Well Court. Built in the 1880s as housing for local workers, it adds to the distinct charm of this magical area. Warning: be prepared to get major flat envy! After googling at Well Court, head over the river via the footbridge where you'll spot the beautiful yellow tudor houses perched on the quaint cobbled street.
If you're wondering how to find this area, simply head to the West End of Princes Street, walk down Queensferry Street until you get to the Bridge. Before walking over the bridge, head down Bells Brae, a wee lane that will take you to the heart of Dean Village. Top Tip: check out Kirkbrae House which you'll see just before you head down. Built in the 17th century it definitely has a distinct charm.