Collective / City Observatory
Calton Hill (100m), which rises dramatically above the eastern end of Princes St, is Edinburgh's acropolis, its summit scattered with...
Looking a bit like an upturned telescope – the similarity is intentional – and offering superb views over the city and across the Firth...
The largest structure on the summit of Calton Hill, the National Monument was a rather over-ambitious attempt to replicate the Parthenon...
This restored theatre at the top of Leith Walk stages Broadway musicals, dance shows, opera and popular-music concerts.
A bright and airy Georgian corner house provides the elegant setting for this hugely popular restaurant. The recipe for success includes...
Calton Hill · interesting places nearby
Collective / City Observatory information
The design of the City Observatory, built in 1818, was based on the ancient Greek Temple of the Winds in Athens. Its original function was to provide a precise, astronomical time-keeping service for marine navigators, but smoke from Waverley train station forced the astronomers to move to Blackford Hill in the south of Edinburgh in 1895. It has been redeveloped as a stunning space for contemporary visual art, and opened to the public for the first time in its history.