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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #6 of 204 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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athens,greece
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12 reviews 12 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

we love walking old cities and that's a favourite one.nice buildings,colours,small antique shops,but overall this atmosphere of a sunny evening..

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Mildura, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

so much to aee and do, all close together take walking shoes and allow enough time to visit places. Underground tour was very good, food choices were excellent, lots of walking up and down to wear off kilojules

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Carbondale, PA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed walking the royal mile in the Old Town. There are museums, shops and we even managed to find two or three antique stores, which is our favorite type souvenir!

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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful place with great pubs and restaurants and old buildings full of memories. Good enviorment and nice infrastructre

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The architecture is fabulous and to be reminded that it was done without present day equipment is very humbling. The shops are a little pricey but it's a must see. We wandered down some alleys and found even more interesting areas so don't stick to the main street! Venture out and enjoy!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

LOVED IT! Every minute and every little street is amazing! St. Giles Cathedral is lovely! Truly magical.

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Old Saybrook, CT
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183 reviews 183 reviews
69 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Walking up and down the Royal Mile you'll find many shops (moderate to high priced) as well as loads of pubs. The pubs are friendly and welcoming. I suggest starting at the kilt maker adjacent to the Castle where you can see tartans being made and have a photo taken of your family fully dressed in style. One thing I... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The gothic architecture is breathtaking! We were there during a jazz festival, so it was very crowded, but there were musicians playing on almost every street corner. It was very cool! The shopping for traditional Scottish goods is great, if a little too touristy.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We walked the Royal Mile and loved the architecture of the old buildings. Tons of tourists from around the globe so cool to hear multiple languages spoken as you made your trek around the streets.

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yorkshire
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Much preferred it to last stay on new town, which has the same shops bars etc as you can experience in most UK cities. Old town much quirkier with lots of character and architecture

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