The location alone makes Princes Street one of the greatest and most beautiful streets in world. Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare forms a straight division between the Old Town and the New Town. with Edinburgh Castle perched on top of the craggy Castle Rock providing a stunning backdrop. Princes Street runs for about 1 mile and is Edinburgh’s main shopping street with many of the UK’s most well known high street brands located here. For those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street all you need to do is cross the road and step into the relative peace and quiet of Princes Street Gardens. The two sections of the gardens East Princes Street Gardens & West Princes Street Gardens are separated by The Mound which is home to the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy both worth a browse if you have the time. Opposite the Gothic style Scott Monument in East Princes Street Gardens is Jenners department store, another of the New Towns many category A listed buildings. The store has many finely carved features inside and out but it is the Grand Hall that is most spectacular. If you are in Edinburgh over the Christmas period you should make a point of visiting the store just to see the decorations and the huge tree that takes over the Grand Hall. At either end of Princes Street there’s a 5-star hotel. The Balmoral Hotel at the east end and the Caledonian Hotel is at the west end. Beneath the Balmoral is Waverley Railway Station, Edinburgh’s main railway station. Opposite the Balmoral at No.2 Princes Street behind the statue of the Duke of Wellington is General Register House, designed by Robert Adam, which contain part of the National Archives of Scotland. St. John’s Episcopal Church stands at the corner of the west end of Princes Street and is built above a basement crypt and a small churchyard. There are several fair trade outlets in this space as part of the church and the area is transformed into a crafts market during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. St Cuthbert’s Church stands just to the south of it, in a larger and older churchyard, and was where Agatha Christie married her second husband Max Mallowan in 1930. Charles Darwin, who studied at the University of Edinburgh named a stone run "Princes Street" on East Falkland in the Falkland Islands. The opening scene of ‘Trainspotting‘ where Renton was chased by store security took place on Princes Street. The animated film ‘The Illusionist‘ featured scenes of Princes Street as it looked in the late 1950s. And Princes Street was also shown in the 2005 black comedy ‘Festival‘ set during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.