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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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Topeka, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

They started building the town close to the Castle on top of the hill. It was eventually too congested and the gentry moved to a new, planned area. Old town is very colorful and streets are quite narrow. I enjoyed walking through the area from Holyrood Palace to Princes Street.Lots of shops and restaurants.

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san diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Charming, medieval capital city with lots of fascinating history. Be sure to take a bus tour to learn a lot more than you can figure out on their own.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I read the negative reviews before I visited. It's a tourist destination. Of course there was a commercial element. My friend and I had a wonderful time. The architecture was stunning. There were many shops, restaurants, and sites WELL worth seeing.

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Santa Monica, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We walked all over Edinburgh's Old Town on our arrival yesterday, savoring the sights and sounds and smells, the shops and people, the old buildings with wondrous shapes and surrounding statues, gardens and outdoor sculptures, and the constant stream of bag-piping wafting over the street sounds. These were our first impressions of Old Town. We were fascinated by the different... More

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Goulburn, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The tattoo and festival on in August so the old town is busy . But it gives the area a really buzz. We stayed in the old town area so we walked a lot but its worth the effort . So many little gems hiding around each corner. Found a lane with view of the Castle just a classic photo.

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Athens, Greece
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Nice structure, atmosphere with a touch of old times sake simple but glamorous with it's own identity traveling you to a different world and that is what makes Edinburgh so special!

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Haubstadt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

An eclectic mix of shopping, food, hotels, architecture, and locals and tourists in an easily accessible area.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Craggy tenements that look like they formed naturally from the rock, streets on many levels, cobbles, endless steps to run up, shops still not far and the Meadows and Arthur's Seat within easy reach. If I was making a dream city this would be part of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Truly a visual eclectic experience, where the architecture and detail are totally astounding. Culturally it is overwhelming with all the good and bad in early Scottish life

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Paris area
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16 helpful votes 16 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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