Discovering Edinburgh!

Hi everybody! Today’s class is about discovering the heritages of Edinburgh. As a new settler, you must have heard how beautiful this city is and perhaps can’t wait to discover her by yourself! Why not take this class as an opportunity to start your trip?

While in this class, I’ll  firstly give you a brief introduction of several trip places you can go. Then, it is your time to choose a trip you are interested in, do some background searching on the Internet and write a trip plan. Next class, we’ll meet in Skype so everyone can present his/her findings to the class( you can use ppt, photos, videos and all the facilities you want) and introduce her trip plan.After the presentation, we vote to choose the best trip plan and go there! Keep a journal of the process you do the research and of our trip, then post it on blog. Don’t be stressful, the journal will not be marked, just write what comes to you so latter you can reflect on this. If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to tell me in your journal, I’ll answer your questions in my feedback. Here are the places your choice can be:

Graveyards: On this trail you’ll meet some of the life-long friends Robert Burns made during his 13-month stay in Edinburgh in 1786. Here are cemeteries of some famous persons, such as Allan Ramsay, the founder member of Edinburgh’s Easy Club; William Smellie who edited the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica; John Kennedy, a friend of Burns and changed lots of letters with him. Discover the rest persons yourself and tell us your findings!


Broughton Street: Step of the beaten track and discover this fascinating New Town street with some impressive architecture such as St Paul and St George Church which was built 1816-18 and was designed in a gothic revival style; No.24 Broughton Street, the Edinburgh Assay Office now, which guarantees the purity of precious metals; No.38 Albany Street, the final home of the author Susan Ferrier.

broughton street

The Grand Tour: Discover all of Edinburgh’s secrets from Calton Hill, through the Old and New Towns and into the Dean Village. Here are the places you might want to look into: Canongate Kirk, Charlotte Square, John Knox House, Lady Stair’s House, Museum of Edinburgh- Huntly House, National Monument, Nelson Monument, No.36 St Andrews square, Riddle’s Court, Scott Monument, the Mound, Thistle Court, Tron Kirk……


Highlights: See the key contrasts of the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. The Assembly Rooms were built in 1783-87 and carried on an old Edinburgh tradition of social gatherings for dancing, playing cards and listening to music. Charlotte Square is regarded as a masterpiece of urban architecture, with a terrace of houses disguised behind a unified “palace-front”. Other places along the way are Joun Knox House, Lady Stair’s House, Parliment Square, The mound.


Behind the Mile: Explore the labyrinth of passageways in the Old Town and discover hidden gems. Here are the places you can put on your trip plan list: Advocates Close, Bakehouse Close, Chessel’s Court, Dunbar’s Close, Grassmarket, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Milne’s Court, Old College, Riddle’s Court and Tweeddale Court.


P.S. You may find the “Edinburgh Word Heritage City” app useful. If you have any problem in preparing the tour plan, leave a comment and I am here to help!

An introductory video



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