Edinburgh’s Dean Village: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Amble around picturesque houses brimming with heritage on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through Dean Village.


  • Follow along Dean Village's History from industrious prosperity to disrepute
  • Hear from producer Olga Gogoleva, a designer, tutor and founder of Cobble Tales
  • Do it all in 75 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


Chart the fate of Dean Village from industrious prosperity to complete disrepute, before it became the most desirable residential district in Edinburgh. During this walking tour, I’ll take you around the ancient and picturesque milling village that still contains traces of its Baronial legacy. I’ll show you the old bridge, the tollbooth, the mill and the weir, which were all formerly controlled by the Incorporation of Baxters (bakers). I’ll point out easy-to-miss details on buildings, and share old maps and drawings with you as we walk the lush green banks of the Water of Leith. Together, we’ll marvel at the goddess Hygeia depicted in a Neoclassical mineral water temple before taking in the 1830s stonework of Dean Bridge, designed by architect and stonemason, Thomas Telford. While hearing about model Victorian social housing, we’ll wander around Well Court, a heritage building commissioned in the 1880s by the owner of the Scotsman Newspaper. Lastly, we’ll walk through a chic cemetery which was the place to be buried in the 1800s, to see two modern art galleries, once glamorous Georgian orphanages. Along the way, I’ll answer questions like: • Where are signs of Dean Village’s former industrial activity still visible? • Which Scottish castle is the Well Court design based on? • Why did the Lord Provost pay for the Dean Bridge out of his own pocket? • Where does the name “St Bernard’s Well” come from? If you’re after a peaceful walk away from the busy city streets then join me, an architecture tutor and tour guide, on this walk through Edinburgh’s picturesque Dean Village.


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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