City Chambers

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City Chambers information

Location
Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Address
High St
Getting there
Bus: 2, 23, 27, 41, 42 or 45
Opening hours
not open to the public
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The imposing Georgian City Chambers were originally built by John Adam (brother of Robert) between 1753 and 1761 to serve as the Royal Exchange – a covered meeting place for city merchants – replacing the traditional meeting place of the Mercat Cross. However, the merchants preferred their old stamping ground in the street and the building has housed the offices of the city council since 1811. Though only four storeys high on the Royal Mile side, the building plummets 12 storeys on the northern side, overlooking Cockburn St.