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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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Amazing Part of Edinburgh

Edinburgh's old town has an abundance of things to see & do. From the Palace of Holyroodhouse; Scottish Parliament; Museum of Childhood; Edinburgh Castle - not to mention 2 fudge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh's old town has an abundance of things to see & do. From the Palace of Holyroodhouse; Scottish Parliament; Museum of Childhood; Edinburgh Castle - not to mention 2 fudge shops along Royal Mile. You will not go hungry or thirsty in this part of town. There are many independant shops along the narrow streets & don't forget all the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Lots of little bars, restaurants and shops with little gifts and souvenirs. Need flat shoes as some of the small streets were cobble stones.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The area was very old town and the night life was great. Every bar we went to had good music and lovely folk. I recommend having a walk around this part of town to soak up the scene

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

As with most old towns here in Europe each one offers its own beautiful street views with preserved architecture that attracts crowds all year round defiantly worth a walk and adventure and see what you can find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We stayed in Grassmarket,one of the historical areas of the city. It was the site of public gallows up until 1750 ish and there are all sorts of monuments commemorating this fact, as well as plenty of places to eat and drink. A stroll round the area revealed it's proximity to the Royal Mile. The Old Town is a warren... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

There is plenty to see and do in the a old town .Whatever your interests may be .We enjoyed The Real Mary Row ,John Knox House ,St Giles cathedral ,The National Scottish Museum ,but to name a few .The Old Town is easy to access and very easy to walk round as everythingis close by .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It's breathtaking to see the old town from the avenue in front of the train station! You see a wall of stone old buildings, with the castle on the right, amazing!

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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Walk through the area and suck up the history. There's nothing much else to say - you'll spend a really worthwhile few hours - take your time - go down the alleys - check out everything you can - take the photos and ask locals about anything - they're pretty obliging and friendly

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

the sense of going back in time,the history of the castle we done a tour of Mary King close and it was fantastic. So many tours to take, when I go back I will certainly go on the highland tour and maybe some walking tours

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It was really nice to go and see the old town, but a bit much if on a stick or wheel chair. If you can, worth going to see.

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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.