Grab your cameras Instagrammers – this is a spot you don’t want to miss! Located in the attractive area of Stockbridge, beautiful Circus Lane is a cobbled stoned delight of terraced mews houses and quaint colourful doorways.
Dubbed by many as one of the prettiest streets in Britain (and certainly in Edinburgh), this picturesque stop-off is a wonderful little street to nip down if you’re exploring the twists and turns of one of Edinburgh’s most affluent areas. In times gone by, the lane was used as a service street, allowing access to horses and carriages. As you explore, you’ll see small nods to this in the newly decorated garages that were once stables.
The street is packed with character, maintaining its old-timey feels with charming chimney pots, tiny upper-floor windows and blooming hanging baskets. At the end of the street, you’ll spot St. Stephen’s Church, a sturdy landmark that watches over Circus Lane and Stockbridge. This A-listed building is said to be home to the longest pendulum in Europe – hanging proudly in the Church’s clock-tower.
You won’t need a lot of time to explore Circus Lane (unless you’re really fond of a photo opportunity!). 10-15 minutes should do the trick! I find it’s a nice detour if you’re already in the area to explore the popular Sunday market or visit one of the many quirky bars.
Fun Fact: This is the only street in the UK named Circus Lane, meaning you won’t find another in Great Britain.