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Edinburgh/Stockbridge and Canonmills

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Stockbridge and Canonmills are two adjacent districts of Edinburgh.


Looking east along St Stephen Street in Stockbridge

They cover the area immediately to the north of the New Town. The main tourist draw here is the Royal Botanic Garden, but don't miss the eclectic variety of independent shops and some great places to eat and drink. It's also the place to see International cricket matches.

Get in[edit]

On foot[edit]

  • Walk northwards from the New Town, an easy, downhill walk with plenty to look at on the way.
  • Follow the picturesque Water of Leith Walkway from the West End or Leith. This follows the river which flows right through the area.

By bus[edit]

  • The number 36 bus passes right through this area, running from Holyrood via Queensferry Street in the West End to Ocean Terminal in Leith.
  • The number 8, 23 and 27 buses serve Canonmills from the Old Town.
  • The numbers 24, 29 and 42 serve Stockbridge, running along Raeburn Place.

See[edit][add listing]

the highest palm house in the UK
  • Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row (East Gate) / Arboretum Place (West Gate). (signposted from all around the area), 0131 552 7171 (fax: 0131 248 2901), [1]. Open daily from 10AM (except 25 Dec and 1 Jan) Closing: 4PM Nov-Feb, 6PM Mar, 7PM Apr-Sep, 6PM Oct. Glasshouses close: 3:30PM Nov-Feb, 5PM Mar-Oct. Very impressive gardens with a collection of interesting plants. Great place to wander around on a sunny day, or to sit and have a picnic. Highlights include the Rock Garden; the 165m long herbaceous border, backed by a huge, century old beech hedge (a hedge may not sound too exciting but this one has to be seen to be believed!); and the Victorian Temperate Palm House, which is the tallest of its kind in the UK. The stunning new John Hope Gateway building at the west gate opened in October 2009 and contains the new restaurant and shop, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions. Free entry to the gardens, entry to glasshouses £3.50 adults, £3 concessions, £1 children.  edit
  • 6 Times [12] a new (June 2010) work by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley. Six life-sized human figures have been installed in and along the Water of Leith, between the National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea at Leith Docks.
  • Patriothall Gallery, WASPS, 1D Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, EH3 5AY [13]. Small art gallery and set of artists studios located behind the Scotmid CO-OP supermarket in Hamilton Place. Has regular exhibitions of modern art, and very occasionally the artist's studios are open.
  • St Bernard's Well[14]. On the Water of Leith Walkway, roughly opposite Ann Street. A well in a fine building from 1789. Open 12.00 - 15.00 on Sundays in August and first Sunday of month April - July.
The Water of Leith Walkway at St. Marks Park

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk or cycle along the Water of Leith Walkway[15] (but be considerate and aware of the many runners and joggers who use the walkway each day). The route follows the river right through the City from the suburb of Balerno, on the edge of the Pentland Hills, to the sea at Leith. The walkway is indicated by brown direction signs featuring a water wheel logo. The section from the Gallery of Modern Art through the Dean Village and Stockbridge to Canonmills is probably the most picturesque on the whole river. There are Brown Trout plus a dozen other species of fish in the river and birds including the Grey Heron, Goosander, Dipper and Kingfisher can be seen along the banks.
  • Fishing (Angling) on the Water of Leith. Permits are required, and can be obtained free of charge from the City Council[16] offices at Waverley Market in the New Town and Cockburn Street in the Old Town. Most Fishing Tackle shops throughout the city can also provide permits.
  • Take in a Cricket Match at The Grange, Raeburn Place, home of the Saltires[17], Scotland's cricket team.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The home of the UK Prime Minister? No, just the door of a typical Georgian townhouse in the New Town

St. Stephen Street
Take a pleasant walk along St. Stephen Street (EH3 5AL). With numerous small independent art galleries and design orientated stores you are bound to find something of interest in this small street. Some of these stores include the Crystal Chandelier Company (36 St. Stephen Street, +44 131 226 6355; offers an interesting range of chandeliers and mirrors) and The Laurel Gallery (58 St. Stephen Street, +44 131 226 5022; offers high quality pieces of Scottish art, jewelry and gifts at reasonable prices; although small it is well worth having a look around). Also in this street are a number of eateries including the Stockbridge Restaurant and Sprio Deli & Cafe.

Stockbridge is well-known throughout Edinburgh and beyond for its second-hand clothes shops, which are spread along Raeburn Place and St. Stephen Street. Both Stockbridge and Canonmills have a number of specialist food shops.

  • IJ Mellis (Cheesemonger), 6 Baker Place, Stockbridge (A few yards up the hill to the south of the bridge), 0131 225 6566 (), [2]. Cheese paradise! If you like cheese at all you will struggle to walk past this place as the aroma will draw you right in through the door. Specialist cheesemonger with a range of artisan cheeses from all over Scotland, the UK and Europe. With the greatest customer service in Edinburgh, the friendly staff are always more than happy to offer you a wee taste to help you make up your mind what to buy.  edit
  • Edina Lock & Key Co. Ltd. (Ironmonger & Locksmith), 10-12 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, EH3 5EA (at the foot of Dundas St.), shop: 0131 556 1567; websales: 0131 623 5577 (, fax: 0131 557 5433), [3]. 9:30am-5:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, early closing 1pm Wed. If you like the brass door furniture you've seen on the traditional townhouses in the New Town, this is the place to pick up the knobs, knockers, numbers and letter-boxes you need to make your own front door look just the same. A real treasure-trove of a shop.  edit
  • Sheila Fleet (designer jewellery), 18 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, 0131 225 5939, [4]. The well-known jewellery designer's first shop outside of her native Orkney. Fleet says that her original designs reflect the natural world around her in Orkney, and also the history and folklore of the islands.  edit
  • Diana Forrester (Designer-led homeware, furniture and accessories), 22 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge, 0131 225 5877 (), [5].  edit
  • VoxBox Music (New and used record and CD shop), 21 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, 0131 629 6775 (), [6]. "12:00noon-5:00pm. Edinburgh's newest independent record shop. They sell a range of collectible records. Mainly used vinyl but also some new CDs and box sets.  edit
  • Charity second hand shops in Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. Most of these stock the usual mix of clothes, books and household items, but there are three specialist shops: Oxfam Books, Shelter Books and Oxfam Music. These shops usually have a paid manager, with the other staff being volunteers, and the profits go to the named charity. Most of the stuff for sale has been donated.
  • Supermarkets: From East to West (and also from cheaper to expensive): Tesco, 7 Broughton Road, Cannomills EH7 4EW; Scotmid Co-op, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge; Scotmid Co-op, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge; Waitrose, 38 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Bailie, 2-4 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, 0131 225 4673. Could just as easily feature in the "drink" section, as this is a lovely old traditional basement pub, known as much for the quality of its ale as for its food. Fairly traditional pub menu, but while the quality is well above standard "pub-grub" fare, the prices are not. Popular Sunday afternoon meeting spot for groups of friends to dissect what went on the night before in comfortable surroundings.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Stockbridge Tap (formerly Berts Bar), 2-4 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, 0131 332 6345, [7]. Traditional Edinburgh bar in the heart of Stockbridge. Good range of ales and whiskies, and some good value pub-grub on offer too. Popular place to watch sport on screen, though the management tend not to show football.  edit
  • The Bailie (See Eat above).  edit
  • Smithie's Ale House, 49-51 Eyre Pl, Canonmills, 0131 556 9805. Comfortable, friendly local bar on a Canonmills side street. Ceilidh nights on Sundays and Quiz nights on Thursdays.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a number of small and medium sized hotels and guest houses throughout the area.

  • The Inverleith Hotel, 5 Inverleith Terrace, Canonmills, 0131 556 2745 (, fax: 0131 557 0433), [8]. The closest hotel to the Botanic Garden. All rooms have an en-suite and there is wifi access. The proprietors also have a self-catering apartment round the corner.  edit
  • Six Mary's Place, 6 Mary's Place, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, 0131 332 8965 (fax: 0131 624 7060), [9]. Charming veggie-friendly 3-star B&B in the heart of Stockbridge. 8 bedrooms, guest lounge and a private garden for the use of guests.  edit
  • Brig O' Doon Guest House (Brig O Doon Guest House), 262 Ferry Road, 0131 5523953 (), [10]. A small, friendly bed and breakfast providing very comfortable accommodation in Edinburgh, its close to the main attractions and serves a traditional Scottish breakfast daily.  edit
  • Canon Court Apartments (Serviced Apartments Edinburgh), 20 Canonmills, 0131-554-2721 (, fax: 0131-554-0864), [11]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Offers a wide range or 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for short term lettings in Edinburgh. Located only a short 20 minute walk from Princes Street.  edit



  • Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, 0131 529 5665 (, fax: "0131). Mo, We 1PM-8PM; Tu, Th, Fr 10AM-5PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. PCs with free internet access..  edit

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