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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #6 of 209 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Great place to walk around and discover all the little ally ways and places to see, shop, eat and drink. Great exercise!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Loved wandering and peeking down the closes and seeing a city that has been preserved well for posterity.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Royal Mile is located in old town and it's interesting to see how the town has changed over the centuries. There is mostly shopping and eateries along the Royal Mile but it is fun to walk along there anyway.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the old town and found it really interesting as the castle is located in this area. There are lots of small shops, pubs and numerous cafes all catering for the many tourists visiting this area. Again you must visit this area when in Edinburgh.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Unique icon of Edinburgh. Naturally, very "touristy", but look past the Scottish gift shops and wander into the alleyways to find a taste of the Old Town. Mary Kelly's subterranean town is a must ( but not for the faint hearted!), and of course, the Castle. At the other end of the Royal Mile are the Scottish Parliament, opposite Holyrood... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Yes I know it is kind of expected but every two steps is a 'tartan shop' or 'genuine cashmere princess Diana tartan scarf shop' The locals call it tat town which is pretty true. However there is no denying how beautiful the buildings are or how much fun it is adventuring round all the 'closes'

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Oeiras, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Edinburgh is an amazing city and the old town makes you see that, with the classic and old streets and all the fantastic shows always happening. A must visit

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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Old town, and in particular, the Royal mile is an interesting step back in history with the castle located on top at the end of the mile. There is plenty of beautiful architecture and small alley-ways. In fact, a good way to get to Old Town is to climb one of the small alleyways as the contrast when you get... More

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

You turn down this one and learn of baking, this one of cloth selling, this one of selling fish, this one of a secret entrance to a pub The museums are ALL a must and sense of living history is palpable

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