Grassmarket was one of the main market places, and was also a traditional place of public executions. A fishwife was hanged here but after the hanging she woke up, and since her punishment had been carried out she could not be executed for a second time and was allowed to go free. She was referred to as "Half-Hangit Maggie" and there is a pub named after her. For most of its history the Grassmarket was one of the poorest areas of the city up until quite recently it was still to some extent associated with homelessness and drunkenness before became a popular tourist spot. The view to the north, dominated by the castle, is beautiful!
Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, UK