Edinburgh’s Architecture of Money: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Dig up the sinister roots of the world’s largest Georgian planned town on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Edinburgh.


  • Peek behind the modern alterations to see Edinburgh's architectural history
  • Hear from producer, Olga Gogoleva, a designer, tutor and founder of Cobble Tales
  • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control
  • Get unlimited use of the tour before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home


Edinburgh’s New Town is straight out of a world history of architecture, with its classical beauty and Georgian past. If you’re interested in hearing more about it then join me, an architecture tutor and tour guide, on this informative walking tour. In 90 minutes, we’ll learn how Edinburgh became the largest planned town development in the world – and a 'model city' – and in what sense its design and layout made it architecturally ideal. Although its original Georgian fabric has suffered many alterations, I’ll show you several clear traces of the former neoclassical city. I’ll point out the often overlooked details in the fanlights and elegant ironwork of the original New Town street lights. I’ll tell you about the 1767 masterplan drawn by the young James Craig, show you buildings by celebrated British architects like Robert Adam and share old maps and drawings with you. Together, we’ll unfold the cultural context of the Scottish Enlightenment and dive into the economic and political influence of the union between Scotland and England. You can look forward to seeing: • The only villa in New Town • One of the first semi-detached houses in Scotland • My favourite urban sequence in Edinburgh • The first planned square in the city Along the way, I’ll also answer questions like: • What guided the designers of the New Town? • To what extent were the New Towners’ fortunes connected to slavery? • Why was so much of the now listed Georgian New Town demolished? • Why won't Edinburgh clean its blackened sandstone facades? Join me for dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, streets lined with palatial tenements – yes, tenements! – and discover detailed and easy-to-miss features on the city’s best-preserved buildings.


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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