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St Andrews House, Regent Road

Art Deco Buildings of Edinburgh - Private half day EV tour with inclusive coffee and scones

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January — December

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Come on a delightful and relaxing voyage into Edinburgh's beautiful heritage of architecture from the 1930's! Our half day luxury private tour will search out highlights of Art Deco and International Modern design for your interest and delight!

Edinburgh’s rich collection of 1930’s architecture will surprise and delight you! 

The design phenomenon that became known as Art Deco exploded on to the international scene at the famous exhibition of 1925 in Paris, and by the early 1930s the sleek new looks of international modernist architecture were reaching Scotland, propelled by an idealistic new generation of architects like Thomas Tait and the Reid/Forbes partnership.

Picking you up in our luxury hybrid EV sedan at your choice of location, you’ll hear about the roots of Art Deco at our first building, the Deco crown jewel that is St Andrew’s House, the Civil Service HQ of Scotland and still a major government building. Then you’ll embark with your guide on a tour of the city, stopping at our best 1930’s buildings. You’ll see streamlining in garage, school and roadhouse inn design, Beaux Arts style neoclassicism, true Le Corbusier modernism in a Craigmillar café, glamorous white apartment blocks, and form following function in monumental concrete bridgework. You’ll see Edinburgh’s top two restored Deco roadhouse inns, plus a beautiful 1938 public library.

Meantime, you’ll hear from your guide the inside story of how modernism came to Scotland and its architecture world. What happened when the unstoppable force of the modern movement met the immovable mass of Scottish conservatism? You’ll hear about the personalities and conflicts that shaped Scotland’s built environment, from Le Corbusier himself to Basil Spence, Edinburgh’s own superstar architect, plus we’ll be looking at the social changes that shaped the new architectures. You’ll hear the architects’ own words from articles and letters of the time, often quite boisterous!


Tour Essentials

- Private hybrid electric vehicle tour for up to 4 guests (3 adults or family of 4). Larger vehicles can be arranged for parties of up to 18 guests.

This tour can be guided in German by our Associate Guide - Amanda Aikman MA(Hons)

- Half day tour 

- Visiting local 1930’s buildings

- Free cancellation up to 24hrs before tour time

- Commentary from local guide

- Complimentary pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or your preferred location

- Children welcome but we cannot provide child safety seats (no entry to

Contact details

7 Hills Tours
56 Allan Park Crescent
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH14 1LQ
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Length
½
Day
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Private
Themes
Architecture Art History

Tour company information

7 Hills Tours

7 Hills Tours is a new and imaginative private tour and shore excursion company, run by local family physician and Edinburgh native Dr Moray Grigor. Touring in a luxury and eco-friendly hybrid vehicle, we open up Edinburgh and Scotland along a myriad of fascinating planes for the guest to see and enjoy. Plus, within Edinburgh, we also offer memorable Old Town walking tours. Vehicle tours include free pickup and dropoff at your choice of location. Our vehicle can accommodate up to three adults or a family of four; for larger groups of up to 18 guests, bigger vehicles can be arranged.

Opening times

Mon-Fri 0800-1700
Outside these hours as arranged for private tours.

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