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    The Grassmarket

    The Grassmarket is a very popular area with numerous pubs, restaurants and nearby nightclubs. A short walk from George IV Bridge down along Victoria Street, The Grassmarket is tucked in below the Edinburgh Castle.
    Up until 1911 The Grassmarket was one of Edinburgh’s main markets for horse and cattle. The area is still sometimes used as a marketplace throughout the year holding public fairs, craft fairs, and festival events, such as Hogmanay and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras in July.
    It was just off The Grassmarket in Tanners Close that the infamous serial killers Burke and Hare lured their victims to their death, then sold the corpses to surgeons for medical research.
    Many public executions where carried out here, the last of which was the hanging of James Andrews on the 4th February 1784.
    One famous tale involved “Half-Hangit” Maggie Dickson who was hanged in The Grassmarket in 1728. On the way to the graveyard she awoke and was allowed to go free having served her sentence. It was after this incident that the term “hanged until dead” was added to the sentence.
    The White Hart Inn is the oldest pub in Edinburgh dating back to 1516 and is said to be the most haunted.
    Robert Burns spent eight days at the White Hart Inn in November 1791 on his last visit to Edinburgh. William Wordsworth the poet is also known to have stayed there.
    As well as it’s many popular bars and restaurants The Grassmarket and Victoria Street are packed with many interesting little boutique shops offering everything from 540 million year-old fossils to modern first editions.
    At the west end of the Grassmarket is the West Port with its assortment of second-hand book shops and strip clubs which prove very popular with visiting stag parties.
    At the east end of the Grassmarket is the Cowgate area with it’s many bars and nightclubs. The Magdalen Chapel is also located here.
    At the junction to the Cowgate is Candlemaker Row which leads up to Greyfriars and the statue of Greyfriars Bobby

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