Advocate's Close
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.

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Wanderer
Holbeach, UK401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Lovely passage through albeit a little steep for some members of the party - surprised at lack of handrails through this passageway, not for the clumsy!
Written 12 April 2023
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
This views are good. It has a restaurant here. It's very steep. It's full of history and it's a good photo point.
Written 11 September 2022
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James P
Cambridge, UK2,452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Named after Sir James Stewart who was Lord Advocate of Scotland, stepping into the alley is like stepping back in time. You can imagine the clatter of shoes on the stone steps... as you exit the alley just in your imagination don't look up - as in its day you would probably have got covered with the contents of a chamber pot!
Written 8 August 2022
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Danielle M
Belfast, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
When stepping into Advocate’s Close it’s like stepping back in time.

Edinburgh has many small alleyways like this one, but Advocate’s Close is particularly steeped with history.
Written 15 December 2021
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I do not think there is one close in Edinburgh that does not have a rich history. Sir James Stewart lived here in 1692 also Sir John Scougal a well known Painter in the late 17th Century . You get a real feel for the area walking down closes like this it is always better to walk down ,walking up is a real struggle with the incline
Written 16 November 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Advocate's Close dates from at least the 15th century and the name derives from the house of Sir James Stewart who was Lord Advocate of Scotland. At this time the street was a fashionable address where the Scottish gentry and the professional classes would live with their family and servants By the 19th century however, the Edinburgh upper classes had abandoned the Old Town and moved to the New Town or suburbs.

Consequently, streets such as Advocates Close passed to the lower classes and were split into tenements. Due to lack of sewerage at this time, and the Edinburgh citizens' habit of simply chucking their "waste" out of the windows with the cry "Gardez loo!" the area developed into a bit of a slum.

Nowadays this and other closes provide a fascinating reminder of times gone past, as well as convenient (though often steep) shortcuts between main streets.
Written 15 November 2020
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is one of many closes that line the Royal Mile. They seem very quirky now but must have been very scary in days gone by.
Written 27 January 2020
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Kate
London, UK248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Believed to date back as far as 1544, this is one of the hundreds of closes and courts you'll find along the Royal Mile. Each close including advocates close lead from the Royal Mile Street to another, many leading to hidden gems of tge city. If you're looking to throw yourself into adventure and mystery while in Edinburgh, I recommend you explore the closes and wynds of the Royal Mile such as Advocates Close!
Written 2 December 2019
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
It's a close, in fact a stairway running from one street to another on a different level . This steep and narrow close, believed to date from 1544. Advocate's Close offers attractive views to Princes Street and the Scott's Monument. A beautiful alleyway connecting the Royal Mile and the Cockburn street.
Written 26 November 2019
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Little passages like Advocate's close are present everywhere in the city. Most of them open to the public. Some are closed as it leads to a private residence or area. Easy to get lost, but beautiful photography spots.
Written 20 October 2019
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