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Dean Village (from dene, meaning 'deep valley') is a former village immediately northwest of the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was known as the "Water of Leith Village" and was the centre of a successful grain milling area for more than 800 years. At one time there were no fewer than eleven working mills there, driven by the strong currents of the Water of Leith.
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If you're going to visit Dean Village, it's all about context. This is not a tourist attraction but a residential area; it is picturesque and very pleasant to stroll around with beautiful early 1800s architecture, small doors and beautiful Georgian windows. My wife and I have visited Edinburgh a few times in the past and usually made time to come here. However, this is also people's homes so being respectful, quiet and clean and avoiding peering in windows is well advised.
A beautiful hidden gem in the heart of Edinburgh. As you walk along the river, you'd never know that you're right in a city; it feels more like a quaint village. We started the path in a more residential area, which provided a nice change, and followed it about two miles (until we were only a couple blocks from the core downtown area of the city). A place everyone visiting Edinburgh should make some time for.
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It's lovely but slightly overrated I would say. Not that much to see and you can cover it in about 30 minutes. The walk was nonetheless quite nice on a sunny day.
The Dean Village. Formerly known as the Water of Leith Village, a thriving milling hamlet for over 800 years, with 11 mills powered by the river. Nowadays a great for a wander around...
Amazing little spot in Edinburgh for a walk, must visit come Rain or Shine, however you do need a key for the other side ;). Can walk all the way down the river to Leith if you fancy. Beautiful.
who would expect to find this so close to the centre of Edinburgh? This is a real hidden gem. Lovely walk by the river as the city passes you by above many people totally unaware that this is beneath them!
Picturesque, but there's nothing to do there. Popular with tourists as it looks like a small old UK village in the middle of a city. No reason for anyone from Britain to go there unless they live there or are walking somewhere else.
It's probably the most scenic part of the old town. Gorgeous architecture and clean footpaths. When I visited Dean Village, it wasn't easy to find it at first. It's actually a residential area and not a tourist attraction. That's why there are no signs indicating in which direction you have to walk.
Absolutely beautiful little part of old town Edinburgh. The architecture is gorgeous, lots of cute little paths and parks to walk through. Close to amenities and Haymarket is only 1 tram / short walk away. Lots of food places and pubs to grab a meal and drinks.
One of the prettiest spots in Edinburgh. Beyond the Village, walking along the Water of Leith on a sunny day is an absolute delight.
Edinburgh's hidden gem, Deans Village is So peaceful, best time to visit is early morning or before sunset. Upside: Classic architecture, park nearby and safe for solo traveler. Downside: located in a valley- best to get a taxi to drop you off, nearby hotels (who have taxis parked outside) to get back up the hill for those who have mobility issues. Bring proper footwear- ground is made of uneven cobblestone.
Beautiful old buildings and truly a lovely walk by the river. My husband and I brought books and read in the shade with the sound of the waterfall and birds all around. It was a great escape from the heavily tourist populated places we’ve visited.
Nice and calm place for meditation and reading books and with with your loved ones. I took a walk all way long and it was peaceful and calm place. There is no commercial elements here . It's just natural stream with little historical touch
walk through the New Town on foot to visit one of my favorite spots in Edinburgh: Dean Village. This little neighborhood is characterized by colorful historical houses and the Water of Leith running through it. It's a great place for a walk – but beware that you'll fell like you stepped back in time here!To find Dean Village, take Bell's Brae down beneath the Dean Bridge, only about a 10- or 15-minute walk from Princes Street.
A gem just set off the city centre's West End by The Water of Leith. Beautiful period brick building with generally sympathetic newer ones. The walk along the river in either direction reaps more eye catching and tranquil places. Head west out of town or east to the vibrant Stock bridge or further to Leith
Calming place in the middle of Edinburgh. However, the walk to the Modern Art Gallery is closed due to landslide. The council have put up notices to say that it will be fixed by end of 2018.
Quite peaceful and not overrun by tourists. Some of the buildings look as if stuck in time. Quiet walk along the river with some nice photo opportunities.
An oasis of calm in the heart of Edinburgh. In the past the village housed mills of various kinds, and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today. Look out for mill stones and carved stone plaques with baked bread and pies. Follow the walkway along the Water of Leith and you will come to the impressive Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford, and the classical temple of St Bernard’s Well.