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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
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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I visited the city on August, there was a fringe festival and in the old town streets, there are many people was showing their ability, the old town has impressing building.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I visited the city on August, there was a fringe festival and in the old town streets, there are many people was showing their ability, the old town has impressing building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visited during the Edinburgh International festival. We thoroughly enjoyed all the offerings that we visited. The crowds were festive yet very orderly. The street performers were of high quality and some of our favourites. The street mimes were incredible and we really had to rack our brains trying to figure out some of the acts. Our only possible complaint... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have been in Edinburgh many times, and still I fall in love again with it each time I go there ! The Old Town has some magic in itself...the promenade from the Castle down to Holyroodhouse Palace is beautiful with St Giles' Cathedral, the Real Mary King's Close and all its shops

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I live near Edinburgh, every time I go to the city centre I find it unique, peculiar, beautiful and coloured. Peculiar buildings, places, people and shops, the atmosphere is the one of a familiar place, of a small and friendly place. In the night time is still more coloured. Nice to walk through, to look everything around. Unique👍👍

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Haworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So atmospheric with all the 'Closes' (ginnels where I come from!) and interesting shop fronts. We learned that the arches undeath a lot of the old town were lived in by Irish immigrants, also that many of the shops on the Royal Mile have a whole labyrinth of streets right underneath them! sadly, we didn't have time to explore these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Came to Edinburgh for weekend during the festival. Walked down the royal mile from the castle and the place was loud and manic - and great fun! Full of people, music and entertainers. The historic 'closes' are well worth a look and there are lots of places to visit. Greyfriars Bobby' s statue is near the royal mile and the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Festival week and the Royal Mile was buzzing but after a couple of hours in the castle which was great value, we really enjoyed an afternoon tea at the Castle gates listening to a guitarist street performer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh is a lovely city to explore walking or by the very efficient bus service. The can enjoy most of the attraction with a walk along the Royal Mile from the Castle to the Holyroodhouse palace. The best period is probably August when the Fringe Festival is on and you can enjoy a lot of street entertainment. From the lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

beautiful town and lots of shopping all very friendly people, would highly recommend a stroll along the old town.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Been a few times. Not a big fan of the old town. Yes it is 'pretty' with the cobbled quaint streets but its very 'old fashioned' and 'traditional' compared to the new town area, I guess that is obvious from the name. Id say this area is more suited the the tourists who wish to immerse themselves in old scotland.... More 

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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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