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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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well worth a mosey around

Great place to wander about. Knooks and crannies abound! Great restaurants and pubs are to be found.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to wander about. Knooks and crannies abound! Great restaurants and pubs are to be found.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I had such a brilliant time visiting the old town! The people are so nice I general! Much more friendly than down south! There were beautiful old streets with local shops, restaurants, pubs.

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Ravenna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

it's a dedalus of winding roads and closes (the little hidden streets), with its dark cobblestones and Gothic stonework. And full of historical landmarks worth visiting, as well as pubs and places where you can have a bite

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

First time visitors to the city MUST venture into the old town at some point. The centuries old architecture and the history behind is what the city is famous for. There are various tours available (some of the best are at night) that take do a great job of explaining the history of the old town, if that's your thing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We (my husband and I) enjoyed the beautiful buildings and the lovely shops! Many little cafes and pubs to nip into to get out of the showers!

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Royal Mile is rightfully famous. I would suggest start from the castle and walk down to the palace, so it's downhill. The best fish and chip shop is in the Mile - take away only - the shops are a bit touristy but that's what you want ! Lots of different shops for all shoppers and loads and loads... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Incredible part of the city, worth spending a good chunk of time investigating and going down all the different closes and wynds. Gives a great sense of the history of Edinburgh.

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Brooklin, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We rented a flat in Grass park, Airbnb. It was small, cute, clean and a reasonable price (Airbnb is a great alternative to hotels) with a view of the castle right outside our window. Proximity to everything was perfect, pubs, the castle, Arthurs seat (a great hike), the castle and war memorial. Food was reasonably priced, people make the trip,... More 

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Dubai
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Busy and bustling area. Quite full of character and elegance. We enjoyed a stroll through this location but it was rather crowded with vehicles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The shops are fabulous..Take the tour of the Real Mary's Close. It is an interesting look at ancient Edinburgh.

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: 0845 859 1006
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town

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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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