Street was included on James Craig's original plan for Edinburgh's
New Town. His award winning symetrical design has George
Street as the main thouroughfair flanked to the north by
Queen Street and to the south by Princes Street.
Both Rose Street and Thistle Street
are narrower streets and run parallel to the three main
streets. Rose Street runs between Princes Street and George
Street and Thistle Street lies between George Street and
Queen Street to the north.
Edinburgh's new town was created during
the reign of the Hanovarian monarch King George III and the
streets names reflect this period in history in celebration
of the United Kingdom and the union of the Crowns. Rose and
Thistle Street were named after the Emblems of Scotland (the
thistle) and England (the Rose).
Originally Rose Street was used as a service
entrance to the grand residential homes on Princes Street
and George Street. Today Rose Street is fully pedestrianised,
and the pavements are decorated with eight different mosaic
Many of the large department stores on Princes Street also
have back entrances on Rose Street such as Jenners, Primark,
Marks & Spencers
Rose street is divided in three places
by Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street which
run at right angles. South Castle Street is also pedestrianised
and allows for regular open-air food markets.
With an abundance of
unique and specialist shops, restaurants and more bars
per yard than any other street in the capital giving Rose
Street the nickname "The Amber Mile". It's a
favourite drinking game to attempt to have a drink in each
bar along the length of Rose Street.
It's the perfect place to shop and relax in one of the numerous
bars and restaurants, many with child friendly outdoor seating
safely away from any traffic.