Famed for its exquisitely-preserved built heritage, there are pockets within Edinburgh that will have you believing you’re in a different time period altogether.
Elegant New Town streets such as Moray Place and Circus Lane remain rooted in the Georgian era, while in the Old Town, ancient addresses including Whitehorse Close, Bakehouse Close and Riddles Court, retain much of their medieval character.
The Capital’s formidable connection to its past is not lost on filmmakers and producers of period dramas, who regularly drop by to make the most of the city’s stunning historic streetscapes.
A slew of successful period productions set in the 18th and 19th centuries have been filmed in Edinburgh, the most recent being Belgravia in 2020.
Speaking to Film Edinburgh about the experience, Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on Julian Fellowes’ BAFTA nominated costume drama, said: "Filming in Edinburgh was a joy from day one of the scout to the last day of strike.
"I wish all cities were as film friendly as Edinburgh.”
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1. Moray Place
Upmarket Moray Place in the western fringes of Edinburgh's New Town is a firm favourite among filmmakers. Pictured we can see a scene being filmed for Julian Fellowes' 2020 period drama 'Belgravia'. Photo: Jane Barlow
2. Old College quad
Edinburgh University's Old College is a magnificent structure designed by the esteemed Robert Adam in the 1780s. Venturing into the gorgeous quad really is like stepping back into the Georgian era. Photo: Ian Georgeson
3. Circus Lane
A favourite among Instagrammers and amateur photographers, the beautiful Circus Lane in Edinburgh's New Town is drenched in history. Photo: Ian Georgeson
4. Bakehouse Close
Heading down into the Canongate, another area steeped in history, you can encounter Bakehouse Close, which was recently used to film scenes in time-travelling drama series Outlander. Photo: -