Filled with Georgian and Victorian themed houses, Stockbridge your perfect getaway from the city of Edinburgh. It is located towards the north of side of Edinburgh New Town and is barely a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh city center. Stockbridge gives you the perfect mixture of countryside and bohemian vibes. Its quite magical, and attracts people from all places with its stunning views and attractions to cover here. Ideally, it would be your best bet to stay in and around the Old Town area, but if you want some fun the new town square is the most happening place in this town. With abundant greenery, cute restaurants, and cafes, this village has plenty to do. This village was made a part of Edinburgh during the 19th century, and to find out about the things to do in Stockbridge – scroll down!
The Water of Leith –
This is one of the top things to do in Stockbridge as this river a true wonder of serenity that runs 24 miles long and finally joins the North Sea through the Firth of Forth. Flowing through the heart of the city, there is a walkway stretching 12.25 miles along the riverbank. What’s even more fun is that you can do a day trip around this river as you will be able to find two of the top attractions right around this beauty- Dean Village and St Bernard’s Well. this river originates from the Pentland Hills, heads towards the Port of Leith, and finally joins the North sea. You can take a long walk, go cycling or even just come here for a pleasant picnic spot.
Stroll down to the Dean Village-
One of the most historic visits on this trip will be to this village which was once a busy industrial hotspot. This village was home to eleven mills that were powered by the river and were the sole contribution towards the production of the city’s supplies. Walkthrough the village and witness the remains, then head across the river to witness the most iconic building of this village – the Well Court (bernard’s well)
St Bernard’s Well sitting right next to the Water of Leith –
This 18th-century monument came alive just around the fountain next to the Water of Leith. You will able to see this monument on your 15-minute walk to the Dean village from the Water of Leith. The water in the well is known to have medicinal properties that are picked up by the Water of Leith from the natural spring on its way. This peaceful monument is a living symbol of the Greek goddess of health- Hygeia featuring ten doric columns. This will surely be one of the most peaceful things to do in Stockbridge.
Stockbridge market –
Everything in this small village seems to be located on the banks of the river or a couple of minutes from here, and so is this market. The highlight of this village is the Sunday market that takes place in Jubilee Gardens. This takes place every week and is a must-visit if you are here during the weekend. Why should you visit this market? You will get a chance to get your hands on the finest quality of products starting with artisan cheeses, jewellery, crafts, perishable items, and of course a lot of food stalls. You can chill here with a beer while you try the mouth-watering dumplings by Harajuku Kitchen and then finish your snack with the melting marshmallows.
Food binge at Scran & Scallie –
The most exciting thing when you are travelling is to try out different things and one such thing to do here in Scotland is to try out the yummy and tasty Scottish produces. Be sure to book a table well in advance at this Michelin-starred restaurant that was brought to life by 2 of the most iconic chefs- Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. if you are not able to get a table here, a very good alternative would just go across the street and check for a table at Rollo Wine Bar & Restaurant. Trying traditional Scottish food is surely one of the best things to do in Stockbridge.
Gallery of Modern Art –
Situated very close to the dean village, this gallery takes a15 minute walk from the princess street. This spacious gallery is home to many of the famous works and is the prime gallery for a lot of international exhibitions. It is not only the art that attracts people to this gallery but it’s the landscape that surrounds it. There is a beautiful lush lawn with pools that will give you the inspiration to indulge in some art yourself.
Inverleith Park –
One of the most iconic greenery here is this largest urban park located in the heart of the city adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. This garden will give you the ‘ right out of movies’ type of a feeling with its ponds, treelined pathways children’s park, and its football pitches that came alive in 1891. Pack your bags on a day when the weather is calm, pitch your picnic grounds and just relax listening to the birds sing in this park.
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Royal Botanic Gardens –
The original purpose of this garden was to grow herbs and plants for medicinal purposes and took its current location only during the 1820s. The reason why this garden should be on the top of the things to do in Stockbridge is that it occupies close 72 acres and is home to 34,000 plants which are grown to represent over 17,000 different species of plants from around the world- also happens to be one of the three sister gardens in Scotland. Be sure to visit the Glasshouse to see the beautiful plants from the tropics.
This village will give you the opportunity to take a beat from the urban spaces and reconnect with mother nature. And of course, there are plenty of things to do in Stockbridge. Discover the essence of Scottish history by visiting thus countryside village in Scotland in the united kingdom, check out the customized trips to Scotland, and ensure you drop us a ping on WhatsApp for queries.