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Grassmarket

Grassmarket is a history-rich market square in Edinburgh's Old Town, just south-east of the cities magnificent castle, which dominates the northern skyline and seems to loom over the market itself. Today, the market is dominated by pubs, clubs, shops and hotels, though for nearly 350 years, from 1477 to 1911, the main use of the Grassmarket was for the sale and purchase of horses, cows and other cattle, and also as the stage for many public executions.

A popular story in Edinburgh, and the most famous execution that took place at Grassmarket, is the hanging of Maggie Dickson in 1728. Maggie was a simple fishwife from the town of Musselburgh, who was convicted of murdering her own baby, and thus sentenced to hang. However, after the hanging, as Maggie's body was being taken back to her home town in a coffin, she miraculously awoke, as if rising from the dead! Maggie Dickson was subsequently set free, for in the eyes of Scottish Law, she had already served her sentence of punishment. It wasn't until after this incident that the words 'until dead' were added to the punishment of hanging. There is now a pub in Grassmarket named 'Maggie Dickson's Pub', in memory of this odd event.

During 2009-2010, the market was the subject of a £5million re-development, which made the area much more pedestrian friendly, and added and extended several pavement cafe areas.


Hotels near Grassmarket Edinburgh


Please select a hotel from the list of hotels in and near Grassmarket Edinburgh. The list below displays hotels within 30 kilometers of Grassmarket Edinburgh.
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Castle Suite 3 Old Town

17/3 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2HS

Castle Suite 3 Old Town is 0.02 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.9 out of 10

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Apex Grassmarket Hotel

31-35 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2HS

Apex Grassmarket Hotel is 0.03 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 126

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8.4 out of 10

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£ 126
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Castle Wynd Old Town

3 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JT

Castle Wynd Old Town is 0.04 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.5 out of 10

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The Castle Condo

58/16 Thomson's Court, Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2LJ

The Castle Condo is 0.05 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8 out of 10

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Grassmarket Studio

7/5 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JT

Grassmarket Studio is 0.06 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 150

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9.5 out of 10

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£ 150
The Castle Wynd South Residence

1/2 Castle Wynd South , Edinburgh , EH1 2JT

The Castle Wynd South Residence is 0.06 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.8 out of 10

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Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

61 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2HJ

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is 0.06 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 126

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8.8 out of 10

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£ 126
Grassmarket-Old Town Apartment

90 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2JR

Grassmarket-Old Town Apartment is 0.08 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 199

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8.7 out of 10

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£ 199
Castle Suite 1 Old Town

17/1 Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2HS

Castle Suite 1 Old Town is 0.08 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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9.4 out of 10

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Old Town Grassmarket

1 (APT 19) Grassmarket , Edinburgh , EH1 2HY

Old Town Grassmarket is 0.09 kilometers from Grassmarket Edinburgh. Room prices starting from £ 0

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8.6 out of 10

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£ 0