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CANDLEMAKER ROW

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At the heart of Edinburgh's picturesque Old Town, Candlemaker Row is a narrow one-way street which runs down from the junction of Chambers Street, Forrest Road and George IV Bridge. On Chambers Street is the Old College of the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Museum and the National Museum of Scotland. On George IV Bridge you will find the National Library of Scotland, the Central Library and many pubs, restaurants, cafes and bistros, including The Elephant House where much of the Harry Potter series was written. There are shops on Forrest Road, including a pharmacy, a small supermarket and a post office, and pubs such as Sandy Bell's, famous for its live folk music. A couple of minutes further on, on Middle Meadow Walk, there is a Sainsbury's Local and an excellent Swedish bakery.
At the top of Candlemaker Row stands the much-photographed statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the little dog who waited loyally for 14 years beside his master's grave. And behind the flat, the historic Greyfriars Kirk and Kirkyard, where Bobby and many famous human beings are buried, is a favourite spot for tourists with its spooky ghost tours. Microsoft News tells us that Greyfriars Kirkyard is one of the 34 most beautiful graveyards in the world.

Candlemaker Row runs down to the Grassmarket, a bustling, fashionable area with open-air markets, and many trendy pubs and cafes. Also nearby is colourful Victoria Street with its specialist shops, such as the renowned cheese shop of Ian Mellis and the celebrated Whisky Shop. A little further on is the world-famous Royal Mile which runs down from the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Princes Street is only a ten minute walk away.

To the south there is a huge park known as The Meadows, open to the public for recreation and relaxation. Across the Meadows, Argyll Place is lined with exotic and colourful greengroceries, organic shops and, round the corner from them, the wonderful Eddie's Seafood shop.

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