West End, Edinburgh

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West End
Standard Life Building, Lothian Road Edinburgh.jpg
Standard Life Building
Council area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EH
Dialling code 0131
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
UK
Scotland
Edinburgh

The West End (Scottish Gaelic: An Ceann Siar) of Edinburgh, Scotland, forms a large part of the city centre. The West End boasts many of the city's arts venues,[1] such as the Usher Hall, the Filmhouse, the Royal Lyceum and the Traverse Theatre. The Village hosts art festivals and crafts fairs.[2]

The northern half of the West End lies in Edinburgh's World Heritage Site, of which it makes up a fair proportion. As can be inferred by its inclusion in this, this area of the city contains many buildings of great architectural beauty, primarily long rows and crescents of Georgian terraced houses.


Map of the city, showing New and Old Towns, as well as the West End.

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Haymarket station is in the West End.

Tram[edit]

The island tram stop at Coates Crescent was originally called 'Shandwick Place' until it was renamed West End - Princes Street at the request of local traders.[3] As this stop sits on a switching point, it can act as an eastern terminus when Princes Street is closed to traffic.

Preceding station   Edinburgh Trams   Following station
Princes Street
towards York Place
  York Place - Edinburgh Airport   Haymarket
towards Airport

Buses[edit]

The Shandwick Place and Lothian Road corridors are well-served locally by Lothian Buses and other operators outwith Edinburgh.

Typical West End scene.

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Coordinates: 55°56′53″N 3°12′52″W / 55.94814°N 3.21453°W / 55.94814; -3.21453