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Edinburgh Old Town

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Other, Sights & Landmarks
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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: 0845 859 1006
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these...
Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.
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Top Drawer - Royal Mile

Edinburgh is a fabulous city but the gem and top tier is the Royal Mile starting at the Castle and the Old Town holds an extra charm. Lots of good pubs, shops and restaurants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh is a fabulous city but the gem and top tier is the Royal Mile starting at the Castle and the Old Town holds an extra charm. Lots of good pubs, shops and restaurants. Make sure you go down some of the passageways and narrow closes off this to really get a flavour of the 16th Century and the superb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

To say I'm slightly biased towards Edinburgh would be an understatement. I've only visited twice but have never felt more at home at any other city I've visited. The Royal Mile is a wonderful place and the historical places like 'Grassmarket' and 'Cowgate' are all nearby. The architecture is seemingly perfectly preserved and there is a brilliant Gothic feel to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It's got all in this street-really central and leads to the 'Grassmarket' another of The Cities' famous areas. There is a wealth of History to be found and is a "Must".

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I love Edinburghs old town, the royal mile is lovely to wander up and look in the traditional shops selling whisky and other gift ideas. Good range of restaurants and shops, and an amazing fudge shop towards the bottom where you can watch them make fudge!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Full to the brim with history, good eating, beautiful architecture, and warm pubs to ward off a winter chill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great part of the city. Lots of interesting bars, cafe etc to check out. Make sure you visit Greyfrairs "Bobby"

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Corby
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The preponderance of souvenir shops renders this historic street tacky. Empty shops in the direction of Holyrood Palace and Scottish Parliament gave the street a rundown appearance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

It was my first time to visit Edinburgh and I am one of those people who enjoys exploring the authentic, older parts of a city, which I did, with my partner. Edinburgh, I felt, is an intriguing city and I would visit again; lots to see, do, enjoy - especially the statues, sculptures and monuments and impressive-looking buildings. It made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Our experience there was simply amazing: it's full of History, all very well preserved, with usefull tour-guide companies all around the area. I would highly recommend visiting Mary King's Close, and do not hesitate and go for the Gold Experience, a bit more expensive but definitively worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous place to walk around at your leisure, albeit the hills and steps... Do not done heels, wear comfortable shoes. Grass market area is steeped in history, where the hangings took place, lovely bars, restaurants and shops, the castle is stunning

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