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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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Great old town of Scotland. Fantastically full of history and fun. It is good for anyone. People who love shopping, history, food, architecture, or beer! If you are lucky, there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Great old town of Scotland. Fantastically full of history and fun. It is good for anyone. People who love shopping, history, food, architecture, or beer! If you are lucky, there will be a piper on the street. Remember to tip if you enjoy!

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york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Royal mile is nice lots of small shops, some shops were selling tacky souvenirs but you get that everywhere.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic, beautiful and interesting, if you're going to Edinburgh I definitely recommend the Old Town. Just have a walk around and soak it all in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful part of the town to walk and shop!Don’t forget to look after all the narrow passes. Cockburn Street is just amazing!

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Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Old Town is full of cobbled streets, wonderful hidden gems like cafes and second hand bookstores, and pubs with great food and atmosphere! Loved it so much I live here!

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Old Town of Edinburgh is rich with things to see and do. It is compact and walkable. You could spend a few hours or days exploring this wonderful part of Edinburgh. Some of my favorite spots are Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood House Palace. Cranachan and Crowdie for Scottish foodie gifts---a lovely shop. Two pubs with good food... More 

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Stirlingshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting edinburgh the old town is a must to visit. There are lovely restaurants and shops also the lovely historic buildings and attractions all nearby. Great to walk around andyour fitness level does not need to be that high.

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Northumberland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Good selection of Bars & restaurants. Prices to suit all pockets from pub food to posh restaurants. Staff in the bars / restaurants were friendly and knowledgable about the different types of whisky

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warwickshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the architecture, magnificent buildings and maze of alleyways, and didn't find it as busy as I had been led to believe, or in any way claustrophobic. Also loads of exclusive looking shops.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Everything to see and do in such a short space. From the Castle at the top to the very bottom end your never far away from something of interest.

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