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Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh EH1, Scotland (Cowgate)
0845 859 1006
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Ranked #6 of 210 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Buildings and atmosphere. Enjoyed walking in the steps of our ancestors. Great to see so many visitors.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The whole area is a historical wonder. I just love all the old buildings and monuments. Nicely mixed in with great places for the hungry or thirsty tourist to enjoy.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Nicest city was in for a long time very friendly. But you don't get much for your pound here very expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

For the Date Old town goes back to it is breath taking full of big and small shops selling really anything from Fresh cream cakes to quirky condoms, you can just mingle around and not worry if you get lost just find a coffee shop and take it all in.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Yes if you stick to the Royal Mile there are lots of gift shops. What do you expect it's a major tourist centre!? Wander off the beaten track. Take the time to explore the Closes, enjoy a drink in the Grassmarket perhaps, rub the nose of Greyfriars Bobby and enjoy an afternoon stroll in Greyfriars Kirkyard. You will find some... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Lovely to look around the place, not too busy when not times for the tattoos to start or finish, worth a visit

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the Grassmarket hotel right in Old Town and we were so glad that we did. Small area with lots to see. Lots of nice pubs with locals in them. Good food. There is a little eerie feeling here too. Tales of hauntings and hangings. There is even a spot marked on the ground that marks the spot... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

There are a staggering amount of interesting old buildings in Old Town. Most of the main tourist attractions that can be seen on foot are here. If you go up Nicolson St, there are many charity shops and affordable restaurants.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

First surprise is that the Old Town of Edinburgh was in fact 2 Old Towns in the past. Start at the Castle Esplanade and walk down the High Street (Royal Mile) taking in St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square, all the various closes (alleys) off to the sides and down to Grassmarket. Explore to your heart's content thisamazing World Heritage site.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice place very busy be prepared for steep walks up and down,a little expensive but what do you expect from a tourist city

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