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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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Facinating and humbling

The pipes ring out for most of the day and evening. A must "the Real Mary Close" there is a whole city hidden beneath the Royal Mile. Walking the streets that are hundreds of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Zephyr Cove, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The pipes ring out for most of the day and evening. A must "the Real Mary Close" there is a whole city hidden beneath the Royal Mile. Walking the streets that are hundreds of years old is truly humbling. The greats David Hume, Robert Burns and the rogues, Brody. Also, a walking tour with Andrew Usher a must!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Old, magical, beautiful. Everyone was incredibly friendly. We walked all over. The architecture is magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Old town is a nice cobbled place, with plenty of places to eat and lots of shops. There are also lots of "closes" some of which can be visited.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Edinburgh center is small and easy to walk. Shops are lovely, restaurants are plentiful and delicious but often noisy, but hustle and bustle is nice. They have the biggest Apple store I have ever seen...if that means anything to anyone.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A good walk, going through the old architecture, shops, restaurants, and other attractions through the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful walk in the old town, surrounding with the historical and beautiful buildings. There are a lot of shops and restaurants at the area.

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Rugby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you wish to be surrounded by beautiful buildings and have a very relaxing shopping experience this is the place to go to. So many independent shops, it's nothing like the high street. This was one of my favorite stops in Edinburgh.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

One can walk and see the old town . If you do not have time Edinburg bus tours are also a good option . History is preserved, documented and presented very well in Edinburg .. You have the castle , the very historic buildings and the palace in the old town .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Walk any where in Old Town and one can feel like you've been placed in a Charles Dicken novel, or might face a clansman from the old world of Scotland around the corner. The cobble stone streets, the tiny little glass faced stores, the high stoned walls, the street lights, the busy taxi's rambling quickly about in very fast pace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is great & has fantastic individual shops, market stalls, restaurants, pubs & friendly people!!

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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.