Observatory House, Calton Hill, Photos, History, Athens of the North

City Observatory, Calton Hill, Buildings + Monuments

Historic Hill – Scottish Enlightenment Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland

Observatory House
Date: 1776
Architect: James Craig

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photos © Adrian Welch

City Observatory now houses the older Observatory House

Location: just east of the city centre, atop one of the capital’s volcanic outcrops

Calton Hill
Calton Hill photograph © Adrian Welch

Old Observatory
1818
William Henry Playfair
Category A listed – Home of Astronomical Society




Calton Hill

Scottish Parliament Building

The City Observatory on Calton Hill
City Observatory Building, Calton Hill
photo : Jonathon Fowler
City Observatory Building, Calton Hill
Edinburgh World Heritage awards a grant of over £300,000 to Collective towards the restoration of the City Observatory complex – the ensemble of astronomical buildings by William Henry Playfair on Calton Hill.




Calton Hill context : Edinburgh New Town

Comments / photos for the Observatory House Architecture pages welcome

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