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Postcode: EH41 | code search
Population: 8800
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Birthplace of:
John Knox Samuel Smiles Alexander II Jane Carlyle Agnes Sampson Patrick Shirreff
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Folk Customs:
The Braehead Basin
The Burry Man

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Tyneside Bar & Bistro
"Stopped at Tyneside to ask about accomodation in and around Haddington. The staff were very helpful and went out of their way to find suitable hotels in the area. We ..." More

Waterloo Bistro
"Visited for drinks. Service and prices poor. Got overcharged first time and had to ask for drinks to be topped up. Second time went up to bar, again drinks were ..." More

Gardeners Arms
"Best place Ive been too in Haddington, friendly staff and helpful too. Got a good pint of best as well.

Date visited: May 2008 ..." More

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Sitting in the heart of East Lothian, the Royal Burgh of Haddington is a small town of some 9,000 people; yet, faithful to its historic importance and betraying its sleepy atmosphere, it is the administrative hub of the region. Haddington lies just 20 miles from Edinburgh, yet it enjoys a more sedate pace, idling on the banks of the River Tyne. It was granted Royal Burgh status in the 12th Century by King David, before blooming during the Agricultural Revolution. It grew in size and importance; at one point it was regarded as the fourth largest city in Scotland. East Lothian was always been on the frontline of Scotlandís oft-fractious and ill-tempered his-tory. Like its East Coast neighbours, Berwick and Dunbar, Haddington found itself in the way while Scotland and England took arms against each other during their numerous battles. The Rough Wooing of the 16th Cen-tury saw Henry VIII lay siege to Haddington for eighteen months. Economically, Haddingtonís rise was by way of the loom. The New Mills were erected after the Scottish Par-liament decreed in 1641 that the production of high quality textiles was to be encouraged by way of financial incentives. More tellingly, at a time when the Scottish Reformation was beginning to rattle its sabre, with martial posturing colouring religious debate, those involved in the production of fine cloth would be exempt from military service. In 1645, that was considerably better than a company pension and car. Indeed, one of the Reformationís biggest catalysts was a native of the town; the firebrand John Knox was born there in the early 16th Century. Haddington today bears few scars from the tumult of Scotlandís forma-tive years; the town perhaps happy to have a semblance of calm, while the political bunfighting carries on at pace in Holyrood. Haddington has a wealth of historic buildings and structures: the Nungate Bridge; Saint Maryís Collegiate Church is a building with a troubled history, but has survived both the Reformation and the Rough Wooing; while New Mills and Abbey Mills chart the townís history in fabrics.


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Jane Welsh Carlyle Museum
Lauderdale Aisle, St Maryís Church
Museum of Flight
National Flag Heritage Centre
Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot
St Martinís Kirk
St Mary's Pleasance Gardens


Monks Muir (The)


St Marys Parish Church


Dance - Red Flame Dance


East Lothian Council


Dental Surgery
Orchard Medical Practice


Newton Port Surgery

Estate Agent

Garden Stirling & Burnet
General Accident Property Services

RE/MAX Advantage

Farmers Market

Haddington Farmers Market

Golf Club

Haddington Golf Club

Pub and Bar

Gardeners Arms
George Hotel
Plough Tavern
Tyneside Bar & Bistro
Victoria Inn


Avenue Restaurant
Eastern Eye
Golden Grain
Peking Restaurant
Sixteen Kings Restaurant
Tyneside Bar & Bistro
Waterloo Bistro


Haddington Infant School
Kingís Meadow Primary School
St Mary's R C Primary School

The Compass School


Scotland Cottages


Anderson Strathern
Gordon Andrews
Read & Watters


Abbey Taxis
East Lothian Private Hire
Johnny's Cabs


Haddington Corn Exchange


Links Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

Destination Judo (Haddington) (Martial Arts)
Haddington CC (Cricket)
Lasswade Judo Club (Martial Arts)


Acorn Pet Centres
I W Macleod
OutsideInside Aquatics
Graham McGrath Ltd

Wee Masons
Lloyds Pharmacy


Haddington Bowling Club(Bowling)

Places to Stay near Haddington

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Maitlandfield House Hotel (0.44 miles)

Maitlandfield House Hotel

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Within walking distance of the picturesque county town of Haddington and just 16 miles (26 km) from Edinburgh, Maitlandfield House boasts traditional charm and original elegance. The Maitlandfield House Hotel combines the ... More

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Letham House (1.16 miles)

Letham House

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Nestled at the foot of a secluded rhododendron-lined drive on the outskirts of Haddington in East Lothian is Letham House. Only 16 miles from Edinburgh, this restored 17th century mansion ... More

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Overhailes Farmhouse (3.26 miles)

Overhailes Farmhouse
From the minute you arive at Overhailes Farmhouse we want to make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your stay with us. We have 3 beautiful rooms for you to choose ... More | visit website
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Drem Farmhouse (3.43 miles)

Drem Farmhouse
Drem Farmhouse is a large Georgian house set in the picturesque conservation village of Drem, located in the heart of East Lothian, surrounded by golf courses, beaches and within easy reach of Edinburgh. It is the ... More | visit website
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Tweeddale Arms Hotel (4.04 miles)

Tweeddale Arms Hotel
Kenny and Paula look forward to welcoming you to The Tweeddale Arms in Gifford. Built circa 1685 and still traditionally Black & White, the Tweeddale Arms looks out through lime trees to the Green and the ... More | visit website
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Duck's at Kilspindie House (4.69 miles)


Edinburgh city centre only 18 minutes train ride. Award winning cuisine. Airport 35 minutes; 21 golf courses within 15 minutes. Fantastic bird watching.

Having undergone an extensive refurbishment Kilspindie House has been granted a three star ... More | visit website

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Aberlady Inn (4.73 miles)

Aberlady Inn
Family business
The Conservatory Restaurant
Wine Garden
Ensuite accommodation
All functions welcome
Close to golf courses, bird watching & Edinburgh city centre

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Adniston Manor (5.10 miles)

Adniston Manor
We are in a very peaceful location, situated in the heart of East Lothian. A golfing mecca with excellent links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Borders and the Highlands, we are ideally situated to cover ... More

Fenton Tower (5.47 miles)

Fenton Tower

Fenton Tower is a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh between Gullane and North Berwick. Set amongst the rolling countryside and surrounded by beautiful links golf courses, including Muirfield, ... More

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Greywalls Hotel (6.00 miles)

Greywalls Hotel
Greywalls is a wonderful Edwardian country house hotel designed at the turn of the century by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The house has been owned by the same family since 1926 and has been a hotel ... More | visit website

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