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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #6 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Lots of interesting exhibits from childhood. There are five separate galleries to look at. Left to wander round at will to see the toys.

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winnipeg
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Sign up for the underground tours, read up on the history. Its facinating and beautiful and goegeous whether you are there for souveniers or a ghost story

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

steeped in history, very friendly people..street entertainment with wee stalls selling jewellery,sweets and scarves etc. My kids loved all the closes and seeing people dressed up. Even got our caricatures done by an artist on the street

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is nearly everything a tourist need in a short walking distance! History, museums, churches and other great attractions, tourist shops where to get Scottish stuff and SO many restaurants and cafes. There are also starting places for city and Highland tours and for pub crawls.

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Tayport. Fife
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81 reviews 81 reviews
55 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Lovely to walk about and take in he atmosphere and amazing buildings, streets and alleyways. You get a great feeling of history here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

After exploring the new town on our first afternoon we finally crossed the bridge to explore the old town. My advice to anyone would be start on rhe old town and stay there. The mixture of shops are fantastic and the atmosphere is contagious. Some of the best gems are in the side roads and hidden down pathways. Make your... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

lovely historic old town in Edinburgh. Gorgeous views of Edinburgh castle and Scottish Parliament Holyrood building. Lots of lovely pubs and souvenir shops. Packed with historic buildings. Kilt and Cashmere shops worth a visit. Lovely views of the Royal Mile. Nice restaurants within Old Town that are great value for all tastes.

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Salem, Oregon
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

From the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal mile is packed with fun and history. And "packed" is the word! The surviving buildings give you a very good idea of what it was like to live in the cramped conditions around the castle. There are LOTS of souvenir shops and every pub serves haggis, but there is a... More

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Winona, Minnesota, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We loved the sense of history in Old Town, in spite of the innumerable cashmere sweater and kilt shops that abound along the Royal Mile.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Like to visit in old town. full of mysteries and fun. My friend and I enjoyed every moment in this place and hopefully we would come here again.

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