Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows: Lighting Spectacle Coming to Edinburgh in February


This year is the 250th anniversary of the adoption of James Craig’s New Town plan, a pivotal event in the history of the city. To help celebrate Essential Edinburgh has teamed up with EventScotland, The City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise and Edinburgh Tourism Action Group to highlight six beautiful Georgian buildings and shine a light on the inhabitants of Georgian Edinburgh.

Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows offers a glimpse into the lives of the original residents, as projections and silhouette bring the Georgians back to life. The event forms a trail through the original Georgian New Town, from St Andrew Square to Charlotte Square. Visitors can admire the city’s architectural treasures and look out for the Georgian characters as they explore.

The highlight is in St Andrew Square, where a lumière display tells the story of the New Town plan with a stunning digital fly-through recreating how it looked when it was first built.




Illuminated buildings:

  • Dundas House – 36 St Andrew Square
  • St Andrew’s & St George’s Church -13 George Street
  • Assembly Rooms – 54 George Street
  • Sir Walter Scott’s House – 39 North Castle Street
  • Bute House – 6 Charlotte Square
  • General Register House – 2 Princes Street


Georgian Shadows is a free (paid tours are available) and takes place every evening between 5:30pm and 8:30pm, from 23rd February until 26th March 2017 stretching from St Andrew Square to Charlotte Square.


To complement this event, the Edinburgh Branch of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association are offering guided walks of the original Georgian New Town, bringing alive the story and characters behind Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows.  You can book these tours online on their Eventbrite page.


To find out more about Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 visit VisitScotland.com

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