Edinburgh/Stockbridge and Canonmills
Stockbridge and Canonmills are two adjacent districts of Edinburgh. They cover the area immediately to the north of the New Town. The main tourist draw here is the Royal Botanic Garden, but don't miss the eclectic variety of independent shops and some great places to eat and drink. It's also the place to see International cricket matches.
- Walk northwards from the New Town, an easy, downhill walk with plenty to look at on the way.
- Follow the picturesque Water of Leith Walkway from the West End or Leith. This follows the river which flows right through the area.
- The number 36 bus passes right through this area, running from Holyrood via Queensferry Street in the West End to Ocean Terminal in Leith.
- The number 8 and 17 buses serve Canonmills from South Bridge in the Old Town.
- The numbers 24, 29 and 42 serve Stockbridge, running along Raeburn Place.
- Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row (East Gate) / Arboretum Place (West Gate). (Signposted from all around the area. Take Lothian Buses 8, 23 or 27 to the East Gate), ☎ +44 131 552-7171, fax: +44 131 248-2901. Open daily from 10AM (except 25 Dec and 1 Jan) Closing: 4PM Nov-Jan, 5PM Feb, Oct, 6PM Mar-Sep, Glasshouses close: 3:30PM Nov-Jan, 4:30PM Feb, Oct 5:30PM Mar-Sep. Very impressive gardens with a collection of interesting plants. Great place to wander around on a sunny day, or to sit and have a picnic. Highlights include the Rock Garden; the 165m long herbaceous border, backed by a huge, century old beech hedge (a hedge may not sound too exciting but this one has to be seen to be believed!); and the Victorian Temperate Palm House, which is the tallest of its kind in the UK. The stunning new John Hope Gateway building at the west gate opened in October 2009 and contains the new restaurant and shop, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions. Free entry to the gardens, entry to glasshouses £5 adults, £4 concessions, children free.
- 6 Times. Six life-sized human figures by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley have been installed in 2010 in and along the Water of Leith, between the National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea at Leith Docks. The two figures that are in Stockbridge/Canonmills are currently (2015) away for repair.
- Patriothall Gallery, 1D Hamilton Place, Stockbridge (located behind the Scotmid co-op supermarket in Hamilton Place), ☎ +44 131 226-7126. Small art gallery and set of artists studios. Has regular exhibitions of modern art, and very occasionally the artist's studios are open.
- St Bernard's Well (On the Water of Leith Walkway, roughly opposite Ann Street). A well in a fine building from 1789. Open 12.00 - 15.00 on Sundays in August and first Sunday of month April - July.
- Fettes College. Impressive building by David Bryce from the 1860ies. It can be seen from far away. Not open for tourists.
- Water of Leith Walkway. Walk or cycle along the Water of Leith. The route follows the river right through the City from the suburb of Balerno, on the edge of the Pentland Hills, to the sea at Leith. The walkway is indicated by brown direction signs featuring a water wheel logo. The section from the Gallery of Modern Art through the Dean Village and Stockbridge to Canonmills is probably the most picturesque on the whole river. There are Brown Trout plus a dozen other species of fish in the river and birds including the Grey Heron, Goosander, Dipper and Kingfisher can be seen along the banks.
- Fishing (Angling) on the Water of Leith. Permits are required, and can be obtained free of charge from the City Council offices at Waverley Market in the New Town and Cockburn Street in the Old Town. Most Fishing Tackle shops throughout the city can also provide permits.
- The Grange, Raeburn Place. Take in a Cricket Match at The Grange, home of the Saltires, Scotland's cricket team.
- Glenogle Swim Centre, Glenogle Road, ☎ +44 131 343-6376. Mon-Fri: 7:00-22:00; Sat-Sun: 8:00-16:00. Go swimming in a Victorian swimming pool with partial glass roof. Also has a gym and sauna. Refurbished in 2010. Pool only: £5; sauna: add £1.60.
Stockbridge is well-known throughout Edinburgh and beyond for its second-hand clothes shops, which are spread along Raeburn Place and St Stephen Street. Both Stockbridge and Canonmills have a number of specialist food shops.
- IJ Mellis (Cheesemonger), 6 Baker Place, Stockbridge (A few yards up the hill to the south of the bridge), ☎ +44 131 225-6566, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheese paradise! If you like cheese at all you will struggle to walk past this place as the aroma will draw you right in through the door. Specialist cheesemonger with a range of artisan cheeses from all over Scotland, the UK and Europe. With the greatest customer service in Edinburgh, the friendly staff are always more than happy to offer you a wee taste to help you make up your mind what to buy.
- Edina Lock & Key Co. Ltd., 10-12 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills (at the foot of Dundas St.), ☎ +44 131 556-1567 (shop), +44 131 623-5577 (websales), fax: +44 131 557-5433, e-mail: email@example.com. 9:30AM-5:30PM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, early closing 1PM Wed. Ironmonger & Locksmith. If you like the brass door furniture you've seen on the traditional townhouses in the New Town, this is the place to pick up the knobs, knockers, numbers and letter-boxes you need to make your own front door look just the same. A real treasure-trove of a shop.
- Diana Forrester, 22 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 225-5877, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Designer-led homeware, furniture and accessories.
- Stockbridge Market, Saunders Street (In the little gravel covered park by the Water of Leith at the bridge). Sun 10.00-17.00 and occasional Thurs. Open air market selling upmarket produce, mainly food.
- Charity second hand shops in Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. Most of these stock the usual mix of clothes, books and household items, but there are three specialist shops: Oxfam Books, Shelter Books and Oxfam Music. These shops usually have a paid manager, with the other staff being volunteers, and the profits go to the named charity. Most of the stuff for sale has been donated.
- Supermarkets (from East to West and also from cheaper to expensive): Tesco, 7 Broughton Road, Cannomills; Scotmid Co-op, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge; Scotmid Co-op, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge; Waitrose, 38 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge.
Take a pleasant walk along St Stephen Street with numerous small independent art galleries and design orientated stores you are bound to find something of interest in this small street. Some of these stores include:
- Sheila Fleet, 18 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 225-5939. The well-known jewellery designer's first shop outside of her native Orkney. Fleet says that her original designs reflect the natural world around her in Orkney, and also the history and folklore of the islands.
- VoxBox Music, 21 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 629-6775, e-mail: email@example.com. 12:00noon-5PM Wed & Sun, Sat 11AM-5PM. Edinburgh's newest independent record shop. They sell a range of collectible records. Mainly used vinyl but also some new CDs and box sets.
- The Gramophone Emporium, 12 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 225-1203, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2PM-5PM Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:30AM-5PM, Sun 12:00noon-4PM, closed Mon & Tue. Purveyors of vintage Gramophones and 78rpm discs. They sell original recordings of the greatest singers and instrumentalists from the late nineteenth and early years of the twentieth century. They stock an extensive range of rare classical, operatic & orchestral 78 rpm records. And gramophones of course.
- Crystal Chandelier Company, 36 St Stephens Street, ☎ +44 131 226-6355. This store offers an interesting range of chandeliers and mirrors.
- Chandlers, 68 St Stephens Street, ☎ +44 131 220-5472. Sells a large variety of modern, designer kitchenware and homeware.
- The Laurel Gallery, 41 St Stephens Street, ☎ +44 131 226-5022. This store offers high quality pieces of Scottish art, jewellery and gifts at reasonable prices although small it is well worth having a look around.
- The Bailie, 2-4 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 225-4673. Could just as easily feature in the "drink" section, as this is a lovely old traditional basement pub, known as much for the quality of its ale as for its food. Fairly traditional pub menu, but while the quality is well above standard "pub-grub" fare, the prices are not. Popular Sunday afternoon meeting spot for groups of friends to dissect what went on the night before in comfortable surroundings.
- Buffalo Grill, 1 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 332-3864. Simply excellent steaks. I think they sell dishes other than steak but really why would you want to know that? BYOB license so pick up a bottle of wine from one of the local off-licenses on the way here.
- Rafaels, 2 Deanhaugh Street, Stockbridge (Next to the bridge), ☎ +44 131 332-1469. Cosy Stockbridge basement restaurant. Chef/proprietor Rafael hails from Andalucia, so the menu has a strong Spanish influence, but draws on various other European cuisines, so don't expect to see a list of Tapas Bar standards. Friendly, attentive service and a Spanish guitar soundtrack. You won't want to leave.
- The Stockbridge Restaurant, 54 St Stephen Street, ☎ +44 131 226-6766. Tue - Sun 19:00 - 21:30. mains £20-25, set menu from £24.
- The Stockbridge Tap (formerly Berts Bar), 2-4 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 332-6345. Traditional Edinburgh bar in the heart of Stockbridge. Good range of ales and whiskies, and some good value pub-grub on offer too. Popular place to watch sport on screen, though the management tend not to show football.
- The Bailie (See Eat above).
- Smithie's Ale House, 49-51 Eyre Pl, Canonmills, ☎ +44 131 556-9805. Comfortable, friendly local bar on a Canonmills side street. Ceilidh nights on Sundays and Quiz nights on Thursdays.
- The Bakers Place, 7 Bakers Place, ☎ +44 131 225-1899. 7AM-6PM. Bakery, deli, coffee hot and cold food.
There are a number of small and medium sized hotels and guest houses throughout the area.
- The Inverleith Hotel, 5 Inverleith Terrace, Canonmills, ☎ +44 131 556-2745, fax: +44 131 557-0433, e-mail: email@example.com. The closest hotel to the Botanic Garden. All rooms have an en-suite and there is wifi access. The proprietors also have a self-catering apartment round the corner.
- Six Mary's Place, 6 Mary's Place, Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, ☎ +44 131 332-8965, fax: +44 131 624-7060. Charming veggie-friendly 3-star B&B in the heart of Stockbridge. 8 bedrooms, guest lounge and a private garden for the use of guests.
- Brig O' Doon Guest House (Brig O Doon Guest House), 262 Ferry Road, ☎ +44 131 552-3953, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A small, friendly bed and breakfast providing very comfortable accommodation in Edinburgh, its close to the main attractions and serves a traditional Scottish breakfast daily.
- Hot-el-Apartments (Canon Court Apartments), 20 Canonmills (20-minute walk from Princes Street), ☎ +44 131 554-2721, fax: +44 131 554-0864, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Offers a wide range or 1 and 2 bedroom serviced apartments for short term lettings.
- Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge (Take Lothian Buses 24, 29, 36 or 42), ☎ +44 131 529-5665, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon, Wed 13:00-20:00; Tue, Thu - Sat 10:00-17:00; Sun: closed. PCs with free internet access. Free Wi-Fi.