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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: 0845 859 1006
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small...

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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We love walking around Edinburgh old town - the sense of history is enormous and the fabulous castle looms above you. It's good just to wander without a map and see what you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love walking around Edinburgh old town - the sense of history is enormous and the fabulous castle looms above you. It's good just to wander without a map and see what you find, if you want some space do this before 9am when you'll get the best photographs. There are also lots of day and night walking tours to... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots of lovely architecture and sense of history. Some great pubs and shops with character. Warm and friendly staff. Could have walked around for hours. Loved the back streets and alleys. Especially those near the Castle.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visiting Edinburgh for a few days and found our favourite place was the old town. Independent restaurants etc and a charm about it

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Chester, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to browse and get a real feel for the city. Rows of Victorian style houses and streets to get acquainted with.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Edinburgh is such a historic city I love it!! Fascinating and rich with history it's almost as if a story is on every corner especially in old town! Recommend for everyone !

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High Peak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You could stroll for hours from plaque to plaque following your own history route here. Plenty of artisan cafes as well as the chains whenever you need a break. Be warned if you are a wheelchair/powerchair user - "dropped kerbs" are incredibly steep in some places!

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonder around the old town in edinburgh is truly a magnificent experience. Victoria Street is one of my favourite streets in Edinburgh. This street is full of historic buildings beautifully painted and offered a wide range of unique shops.

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Thank dglass72
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is such a lovely place with loads of little streets and bridges so go over and under and it so easy to get lost a bit.. Very pretty old buildings...

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking around the town is hard on your feet - cobbles and hills! - but the atmosphere is wonderful and the buildings gorgeous. Plenty of lovely little shops and nooks to explore, too!

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful area just to walk through. Lots of things to see(old and new), places to eat and shops to look in!

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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