The tour maps the social pressures and utopian dreams that birthed this graceful new suburb. Meet the 'men of genius' who thronged its avenues and explore a period of history crackling with intellectual excitement and artistic achievement.
In 1766 James Craig laid out a vision of a brave new world of reason in the elegant streets and squares of Edinburgh's New Town. Its broad thorughfares, open vistas and quiet classicism were in stark contrast to the dark crowded labyrinth of the Old Town. The ordered symmetry amnd spacious grid of Craig's design are Enlightenment values such as truth, reason and secular liberalism set in stone.
Enlightened! walking tours transport you to Edinburgh's Golden Age with a range of richly informative tours of the New Town. Thorough research and incisive commentary explore the people, places and ideas that helped shape the modern world.
Expert guides tell the story of Edinburgh's historic New Town from its creation right up to the present day. Our headline tour - Enlightenment! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason - maps the social pressures and utopian dreams that birthed this graceful new suburb. Meet the 'men of genius' who thronged its avenues and explore a fascinating period of history crackling with intellectual excitement and artistic achievement.
In addition to the scheduled tour, bespoke options tailored to your specifica\tions are available by appointment. Throughout its development during the Nineteenth Century until today's masterpiece of Georgian architecture, Edinburgh's New Town has remained a hotbed of genius. From Robert Louis Stevenson to the real Sherlock Holmes, Alexander Graham Bell to Peter Higgs' Boson, Enlightened! is the New Town tour company.
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