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Mercat Tours
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

To celebrate World Heritage Day we are offering an exclusive chance to discover an unexplored part of Edinburgh's past.

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.


1 hour 45 minutes


Mercat Cross, High Street


Calton Hill
Enlightenment Edinburgh