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Edinburgh Old Town

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Historic walking areas, Neighborhoods, Sights & Landmarks, Other
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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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Much more engaging the Princes St!

Lovey if hilly place to wander around and really take in the atmosphere of the city and enjoy what the city has to offer lots of independent traders, restaurants and shops a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Lovey if hilly place to wander around and really take in the atmosphere of the city and enjoy what the city has to offer lots of independent traders, restaurants and shops a really great way to spend a day or so!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Had nice relaxing afternoon ,walking around the old town. Some great photo spots, lots of shops, restaurants and bars.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

A walk through narrow streets and a browse of the shops of the Old Town is not to be missed, off beat cafes and quirky shops selling anything from cheese to whisky to handcrafted art and design pieces. Edinburgh's answer to Covent Garden! Worth the stray from Princes Street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

So much history around the area, so many cool bars and different places to eat. Lots of little shops to get Scottish souvenirs and Tourist Attractions such as the Castle!

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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The history and atmosphere of Old town like going back in time, shops everwhere, gorgious buildings, a castle, resturants everywhere .. lots of walking but very cool. everyone friendly and helpful

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

One of the best places for a tourist visiting Edinburgh to start. Make you r way to the top where the castle is and work your way down the Royal Mile. Many old architectural buildings, with lots of photo opportunities. So many tourist attractions compacted into such a small area. Great atmosphere with bag pipers, street performers, the place to... More 

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Eaglescliffe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Small and compact the place had a cosmopolitan feel with the amount of Italians for the rugby, why do they only eat in pizza places and drink Italian beer?. Full of tartan, Whiskey & Flags

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Radford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I didn't really stop anywhere in town but just walking through it was amazing. A great mix of newer buildings and older. I wish I got to stay here longer

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A visit to Edinburgh isn't complete without a stroll through the Old Town. The place has a lot of character. It's close to the castle and has a lot of nice shops. There's a lot of history to explore here. You can take guided tours or do everything at your own pace. Well worth a visit!

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Really cute area of town. Very quaint shops/cafes/restaurants. Colourful facades make for the cute picture above.

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