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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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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful historical old town... great architecture and lots of sights to be seen. Lots of tourist shops (perhaps a little too many) with very reasonably priced wool and cashmere scarves.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Luckily I obtained a free local map from hotel which pointed out all famous spots around "the Royal Mile" ! Check out Scottish Ian Mellis Farm Cheesemaker n Whiskey Experience tavern. Spend hours walking and feeling the beautiful and proud Scottish culture

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northern ireland
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171 reviews 171 reviews
32 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The old town is really interesting with lots of different quirky shops and cobbled streets. Very interesting and lots to see.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Go down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park or up to Edinburgh Castle. You'll be presented with great architecture, nice places to eat, and be in the heart of centuries ago. As I went in August, the streets were crowded with Fringe events. It was sheer happiness!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The people, the street vendors, the shops...all very cool and much more "urban" feeling than I expected in Edinburgh. Let's put it this way, I saw way more tattoos, colorful dreds and piercings in Edinburgh than I saw in Glasgow.

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Ft. Lauderdale
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I so loved walking through Old Town and soaking everything in. My camera was clicking non-stop. Old town would be one of the best areas to stop and eat. There are definitely more options here in my opinion.

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What a pleasure to walk through the street and see beautiful buildings wherever you look. Don't forget to look up as you may miss something and don't hesitate to go through passage ways to see what is around the corner....

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Calgary
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Whats not to like! The hustle and bustle, amazing architecture, history, cobblestone streets, lots of places to shop and eat and take photos. Edinburgh should be on everyone's bucket list! Wear good shoes and have an umbrella handy and you'll enjoy it even more!

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Such an amazing place the architecture is just amazing stunning buildings. Some fab little bars in the old town to get a spot of lunch. There is so much to see and do it is just breathe taking

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owen sound
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Lots of history and fantastic old buildings. Great place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere.

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