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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. Nice cobbled streets and small shops. Unfortunately it rained on my visit but enjoyed it anyway :)

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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154 reviews 154 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Great historical value and interest with so many wonderful old buildings and structures at every corner. A full day on foot recommended. Pity about the overload of silly Scottish souvenir shops all selling rubbish tartan and more cashmere than you could hope to find in India! Sadly beggars are at very corner and establish themselves at tourist spots. I thought... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I've stayed twice at a self-catering a minute walk from Grassmarket. The new part has the shopping malls & sterile trendy shops etc - but old town is something else! It has character and that's why I wanted to stay there. Also, Royal Mile is the meeting point for many of the day trips, so it was practical to be... More

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Oslo, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Lovely landscape and areas to take photos of the whole city. nice and cosy streets, many unusual shops and pubs.

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Cornersville, Tn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is the most fascinating and interesting mile that I have ever walked. It was my second time on it and I still feel like I missed stuff even tho we walked it for 2 days.

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Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely the place to go in Edinburgh, you have to see St Giles Cathedrale and the Royal Mile, it's gorgeous :)

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Tenterfield, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Walking around the old town of Edinburgh is a wonderful and interesting experience. We stayed at the Edinburgh City Hotel which is in the old part of town, and a short walk to everything there. Make sure you walk in and have a look down the old "Closes" which are like little doorways amongst the buildings off the Royal Mile.....it... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Old Town is one of the most beautiful town centres in Europe with post card views everywhere you look, sadly it is filled with a lot of tartan tat and over priced cashmere but still makes for a pleasant walk with a few interesting shops to be found.

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San Bruno, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

What more could you want? Castle at the top and castle at the bottom. The architecture is simply amazing with Medieval skyscrapers in stone. I have never seen such a rich and elegant city built of fine masonry. Look into the history of Edinburgh and Glasgow and you will be amazed. A early center for medical science is just one... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Really loved this area, all cobbled streets and wide roads. Really beautiful for a city centre. Very friendly place.

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