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Enlightenment Edinburgh

Book this event if you’d like...

  • a chance to see and hear of Edinburgh’s great moments, and minds
  • to visit Old and New Town, tracing the tales of how it developed in the history of Europe

The Hotbed of Genius

18th century Edinburgh was one of the most intellectually rich cities in Europe. The population was small: the space they lived in smaller. Yet form this tiny stage Edinburgh’s influence spread across the new world.

Exploring the medieval Old Town to the Georgian New Town, you will hear Edinburgh’s rich thinking in economics, philosophy, literature, education, geology, architecture and politics.

Hear about the lives of the men who fashioned these ideas: David Hume, Adam Smith, Walter Scott, James Hutton and many more. Their ideas were radical, their influence enormous, their lives fascinating.

Please get in touch and we'll be happy to arrange your private tour


1 hour 45 minutes


£11 Adult, £9 Concession, £6 Child


Mercat Cross, High Street


Calton Hill
Enlightenment Edinburgh