Welcome to the Greater Grassmarket Area!View Larger Map
If you are driving, access to the easiest access and most convenient parking is from Kings Stables Road, the Cowgate or West Port and the area is clearly signposted. For Sat Navs, the postcode for the centre of the Grassmarket is EH1 2HS.
Weekend Parking Promotions:
From now until Christmas Day visitors to the area will receive 24hours of parking at the nearby Castle Terrace car park for only £8.00.
Simply bring your parking token to our information stand in the centre of our Weekly Saturday Market between 10am and 5pm and we will validate your ticket. You can reach the market by walking for five minutes up either Kings Stables Road or West Port (we recommend West Port because of the fantastic shops!).
The price is valid for 24 hours from when you entered the car park, which leaves lots of time to explore our boutique shops, eat in our delicious restaurants and wander around our weekly market!
Public parking is free in our area all day on Sundays.
Saturdays & Sundays:
Parking at Edinburgh Waverley Station is £6 per day at weekends and is a 10 minute walk from the area (reach us by walking up the hill of Cockburn St, turning right at the Royal Mile and left onto George IV Bridge after St Giles Cathedral)
Edinburgh Waverley Station is situated in the middle of the city centre and is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Greater Grassmarket area. Upon exiting the station, follow signs to the 'High St' or 'Royal Mile', once on the Royal Mile look for George IV Bridge which leads off fthe Royal Mile.
There are plenty of Lothian Buses that will take you to the Greater Grassmarket area.
Buses 23, 27, 35, 41, 45 and Night Bus 27 drop you on George IV Bridge, the cosmopolitian entrance to the area.
To explore, you can then turn down either Victoria Street (just across from the National Library of Scotland) or Candlemaker Row (by the iconic, unmissable Greyfriar’s Bobby and Greyfriars Art Shop). Both streets are filled with independent shops and eateries and will lead you into the heart of the Grassmarket.
Bus 2 will take you right into the heart of the Grassmarket itself.
If you’re looking to do a bit of sightseeing from an open top double-decker bus, be sure to get the red City Sightseeing tour bus as it stops within the area.
Edinburgh has a number of cycle paths running through the city centre and we encourage visitors to cycle into the area. To create a route to Greater Grassmarket, we recommend the CycleStreets Journey Planner. Simply select your starting point and type 'Grassmarket' as your destination.
With so much to see and do, Edinburgh’s Greater Grassmarket area is perhaps best accessed by foot – that way you won’t miss anything!
From Edinburgh Castle
Getting to the area from the Castle couldn’t be easier – just walk down the Castle Wynd North steps from the Castle Esplanade all the way down into the Grassmarket. Alternatively, you can take the West Bow steps from the Lawnmarket (just down from the castle) directly onto Victoria Street.
From the West (Lothian Road, the West End, Princess Street)
Kings Stables Road provides direct access into the area and is perfect for those coming to the area by car as it provides plenty of on-street parking and access to the Castle Street NCP car park (see Parking Promotions above). The area is also accessed from the west via West Port (one of our thriving independent shopping streets), Bread Street and Lochrin Terrace.
From the East (George IV Bridge, Royal Mile, Chambers Street)
Turn onto George IV Bridge from either the Royal Mile or Chambers street and you’re here!
To explore further, walk down Victoria Street (just across from the National Library of Scotland) or Candlemaker Row (by the iconic, unmissable Greyfriar’s Bobby) and you’ll head down into the heart of the Grassmarket. The easiest parking from this direction is the pay and display bays on Chambers Street.
From the South (Cowgate, Holyrood Park, the Pleasance)
Walk or drive along the Cowgate which opens directly up into the Grassmarket. This is one of the oldest ways to access the Grassmarket – and judging by how easy it is – it’s easy to see why.
Bringing a canine friend?
Our area is one of the best in Edinburgh for dog-friendly businesses! Many of our pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops welcome dugs - simply look out for the 'DugsnPubs' sticker in their windows!