A mere 10 minute walk from the main shopping areas of Princes Street and George Street is Dean Village – a quaint tranquil oasis on the Water of Leith.
This village was once the hub of watermills, of which remnants of buildings and industry can still be viewed today. If you take a walk along the Water of Leith walkway you will discover the Dean Bridge – an impressive structure which was designed by Thomas Telford. Continue, and you will reach the classic temple of St Bernard’s Well. The well was a natural spring which was discovered circa 1760, it has been said to contain healing waters and could cure every ailment. The statue inside the well represents the Greek Goddess of Health – Hygeia.
If you love contemporary art – a short walk away is Dean Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art housed in classical buildings of the area.
Before you depart you mustn’t forget the most spectacular building in the village – Well Court, which was constructed in the late 1800’s as model housing for the workers in the area. The accommodation was built to provide two or three room homes with private facilities, the rent was between £7 and £12 per year, residents however were under strict rules, if they missed curfew they would be locked out! Edinburgh World Heritage has contributed to fund restoration of well court to bring the buildings back to their original glory.