Newington is a lively area, but has a country-like feel due to its close proximity to Holyrood Park, The Crags and Arthurs Seat which is great for walking, running or feeding the ducks and taking in the stunning views of the city.
It also has easy access to the city centre.
What to Expect
Newington has a good range of pubs, from The Abbey and Clerks Bar to the traditional Old Bell and Leslies.
As the area boasts a strong student population there are plenty of student orientated outlets too with Droothy Neeburs being a favourite for many and the well renowned Pear Tree has a beer garden.
Local shopping is well catered for with supermarket express stores, and for high street and designer shopping there are excellent bus services direct to the city centre or to the out of town Fort Kinnaird shopping park.
What Not to Expect
There is a lively pub scene catering but there is no designated night spot for late revellers, but as the city centre is only a short bus or a taxi ride away the world is your oyster!
You'll Fall in Love With
Arthurs Seat, it’s right on your doorstep and it’s addictive - once you’ve been up there you’ll want to go again and again, especially to watch the sun set over Edinburgh.
Great Place to Go
EAT: There are all kinds of takeaways and independent restaurants offering Indian, Turkish and Italian cuisine, and there are also not traditional chip shops.
DRINK: Recommended, Reverie, The Old Bell and Droothy Neeburs.
SHOP: A range of small quirky independent shops and a number of charity shops for searching for that elusive designer bargain.
PLAY: Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat and also The Meadows are right on your doorstep. Perfect playground for all ages throughout the year. Just a 15 minute walk away is Duddingston Loch, it’s a nature reserve and an excellent place to feed the ducks.
FITNESS: The Commonwealth Pool has an Olympic standard pool that was used during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and excellent state of the art gym. Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat are perfect for running, cycling and walking.
GROOM: There are various independent hairdressers.
INDULGE: There is an excellent bakers on Newington Road – its pies are legendary!
INSPIRE: The National Library of Scotland is just round the corner on Salisbury Place and it holds the national map library holding millions of maps from all different sources. The collection stretches back to medieval times and is used by many as a source of reference or recreational interest.
Bus Stops, Tram Stops
The bus connections from Newington are excellent that will take you anywhere in the city.
Burke and Hare, the “bodysnatchers” and well known serial killers, used to supply fresh bodies Dr Robert Knox of Newington which were used for medical science as “anatomical subjects”. Burke & Hare were tried for 16 murders in 1829. Hare gave evidence against Burke and was freed, whereas Burke was hanged and then ironically publicly dissected. Dr Knox claimed he knew nothing of the origin of the bodies and was not prosecuted.
Also The Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston is rumoured to be the oldest pub in Scotland