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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #6 of 207 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It's just so pleasant meandering through the old historic streets, stopping to look at the shops, eating in the pubs and restaurants or simply having a drink and watching the world go by. We were there during the Festival and loved the bustle of the street entertainers and budding artists! Tip: Get a 48-hour bus pass, there are 5 buses... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

its a grotty old town....what do you expect.it's run down, dirty and overcrowded. now that i think about it should only have given it 2 stars.....on a good day

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Poynton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Loved seeing Greyfriars Bobby again - first time in over 40 years. The Old Town is such a contrast to the more geometric layout of the 'new' part of Edinburgh. Enjoyed exploring lots of nooks & crannies without the aid of a guide book. Great adventure.

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Duisburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Edinburgh is so beatiful. So many old buildings all built with the same stone. That gives a nice skyline. You could see still the form of the Edinburgh Hundreds year ago. i really love high street and garden street with all the pubs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately there were too many of them littering the streets. The usual haunts (sorry) were their usual quirky / charming selves, but the area was overrun with rubbish. For the money that us tourists pump into the local economy during the year the Council should be much better prepared than this.

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Fort William
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Visited during the fringe festival and the street entertainment was great as was the atmosphere. Beautiful old buildings. Nothing to dislike

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Edinburgh old town compares to Prague - they're both absolutely stunning!! The old buildings which extend for forever will fascinate and intrigue you. There are many street performers around to keep you amused. The buildings have been so well preserved. You could wander for hours in the old town. And best of all, it's free!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The old town was full of shops ,bars , cafes restaurants etc there was also street entertainers which was good to watch.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

However shops are generally pricey and tourist-oriented and the old atmosphere of the Medieval town has vanished. Unfortunately, this is a common mark to many other touristic cities and villages all around Europe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It was busy because of the festival but the old town is superb to wander around. Fabulous pubs and restaurants and lots to see.

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