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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #7 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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Vancouver
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Start off with a bus tour overview so you can get the lay of the land, then follow-up with walking tours; most everything borders the Royal Mile.

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Jurong, Singapore
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Those who appreciate old architecture will have plenty to marvel at. This is what Edinburgh is famous for. Walk up Calton Hill for an high point view of the entire Old Town.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited Edinburgh on August 6-7, spending a most of our time in Old Town. The area has such historic character, with cobble stoned streets and alleys, that it is a "must see" when you visit Edinburgh. Try to experience Old Town in the evening/night as it increases the charm. There are a lot of cool shops,... More

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Darien, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The area does hold on to its charm, like most of Edinburgh. There are tons of shops and restaurants, that seem to be less expensive to the Princess Street area. There is a lot of elevation gains and losses so if you have issues with walking, beware.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Edinburgh Old town is the place to get lost, its closes, streets, squares, every where is full of history, enchanted, a perfect place to get lost

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Love the ginnels and alleyways, but glad we only chose to walk down and through most of these with tour guides and lots of other tourists (pretty spooky when dark). I love the fact that so many of them are preserved, it immerses the visitor in its past as opposed to just imagining.

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Bologna, Italy
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Just wonderful! We enjoyed the visit, that's it! Walking alond the Royal mile was so romantic , unfortunately there are too many tourists who don't care at all.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Old Town and the Royal Mile are inextricable; quite literally as you'll probably get lost and weave back and forth between the two. I'd recommend immersing yourself, abandoning the plan and accepting that ridiculously steep stairs will be your friend for the day. (Would it help to note here that I'm a Personal Trainer and love the stairs as... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I loved Old Town but any visitor must remember that it is all up and down. You have to be in good shape to get the best out of it. The shops and restaurants are all interesting. Well worth the visit.

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Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

just walk the Royal Mile and soak in the atmosphere! If you go to the castle - earlybird beats the crowd!!!!! Don't miss John Know House,Hollyrood Castle and the new parliament building! It looks a bit weird from the outside,entrance is free,and inside is a marvel for everyone who likes modern architecture.When I was there they had this wonderful exhibition... More

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