There are so many things to do in Grassmarket. It is a wonderfully charming area to check out. Some of the oldest streets in Edinburgh can be found here. Explore the many cobbled stone streets and alleyways. This is a very lively nightlife area.

“Edinburgh is an experience A city of enormous gifts Whose streets sing of history Whose cobbles tell tales.” – Alan Bold, Scottish poet

The Grassmarket area is located in Old Town Edinburgh just behind Edinburgh Castle. You can peer down at it from the George IV Bridge. In the 14th century, this historic part of Edinburgh was the marketplace for selling cattle and horses. It remained a marketplace until the early 19th century.

Many public executions took place here from the 1660s, including witch trials and the religious hangings of over 100 people in the 1680s.

Things to do in Grassmarket

Historic Walking Tour of the Grassmarket

Take a historic walking tour. Free historic walking tour maps are available from the local pubs and shops in the area. You can read or listen to the audio history of the area here.

There so many things to do and discover at the Grassmarket. It is a wonderfully charming area to check out. Some of the oldest streets in Edinburgh can be found in Grassmarket. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

There so many things to do and discover at the Grassmarket. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Greyfriars Bobby monument

Visit the Greyfriars Bobby monument and grave site of a devoted little dog.  For 14 years, Greyfriars Bobby watched over his owner’s grave. This little terrier stole the hearts of the area residents with the loyalty shown for his master. A Disney movie and many books have been written about this loyal dog. View more photos. The gravesite is located in Greyfriars church yard around the corner from Greyfriars Bobby Bar.

Learn about the famous little dog, Greyfriars Bobby. There so many things to do and discover at the Grassmarket. It is a wonderfully charming area to check out. Some of the oldest streets in Edinburgh can be found in Grassmarket. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Learn about the famous little dog, Greyfriars Bobby.  Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Learn about the famous little dog, Greyfriars Bobby. There so many things to do and discover in Grassmarket. It is a wonderfully charming area to check out. Some of the oldest streets in Edinburgh can be found in Grassmarket. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Learn about the famous little dog, Greyfriars Bobby.  Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Visit Candlemakers Row

Candlemaker Row was created after candlemakers were moved outside the main city area in the 16th and 17th century.  Before this time, making candles caused such a foul smell in the city and was a terrible fire hazard. Candlemakers Hall can be found beside Greyfriars Bobby Bar.

Shop at the Farmers Market

Visit the Farmers Market on Saturdays

Visit the Grassmarket Farmers Market on Saturdays. Discover things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Visit the Grassmarket Farmers Market on Saturdays. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Walk to the highest point in Edinburgh

Take a walk up Victoria Street to the highest point in Edinburgh. There are many photo opportunities here of the colourful buildings. The spire on the Gothic-designed Hub is 241 feet tall.

Discover Grassmarket things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover things to do in Grassmarket medieval Edinburgh. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Shop at the Boutiques

Shop at Scottish designer boutiques or hunt for vintage clothing.

Try Street Food in Market Square

Try some street food from the many vendors in market square.

Grassmarket food vendors. Discover things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Grassmarket food vendors. Discover things to do in medieval Edinburgh.

Find the smallest pub in Scotland and the oldest pub in Edinburgh

Check out the numerous pubs and restaurants. You will find one of the smallest pub in Scotland and the oldest pub in Edinburgh. The gallows once stood just east of the White Hart Inn.

Discover things to do at Grassmarket in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover things to do at Grassmarket in medieval Edinburgh. The White House Inn is the oldest pub in Edinburgh. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Fast Facts

  • The candle making trade diminished in 1847 after gas lighting became popular.
  • The White Hart Inn is the oldest and most haunted pub in Edinburgh.
  • The Hub is the highest point in Edinburgh.

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Discover things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city.

Discover Grassmarket things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover Grassmarket things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover interesting architecture things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Discover interesting architecture things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Discover Grassmarket things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Discover Grassmarket things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

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Discover things to do in medieval Edinburgh. Explore Old Town and New Town along with the many museums, monument, memorials and galleries of this historic city.

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Visit Edinburgh’s official tourism site and also Visit Scotland for more information on things to do and to book accommodations.

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