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Old Town

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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As featured in 3 days in Edinburgh
Ranked #6 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
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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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Liverpool, UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful walks whatever direction you choose. Only spoilt by traffic, but not unexpected in a capital city. Every road has a vista to impress and so much historical interest.

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upstate new york
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163 reviews 163 reviews
72 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The section known as "Old Town" is basically all that is south of the Waverly Station Train Station. That is, the Royal Mile and points south. This area is, although very touristy, very beautiful and historical. The buildings are great, the architecture is incredible, and the opportunities for exploring are endless.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

A good way to start your visit to Edinburgh is to take a walking tour; highly recommended the Sandeman free walking tour.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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459 reviews 459 reviews
257 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

.I had the pleasure of taking a couple of American friends on a stroll through this wonderfully historic part of the city over Easter Weekend. It was a real joy in the lovely sunshine.The craft market in the Grass market being a real highlight and of course a stroll up Victoria street to enjoy the quirky shops present there,up on... More

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Downey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Old architecture and walkways were interesting. Don't be shy about poking your head in the many passage ways.

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Stratford
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

What more to say? Its an essential part of any visit to Edinburgh. Check out the free walking tours from in front of the Starbucks.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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333 reviews 333 reviews
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504 helpful votes 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to Old Town which is steeped in history and a wealth of impressive buildings. This is certainly a charming place but comes at a price because it is incredibly popular and like many interesting places it gets completely mobbed with visitors making it impossible to enjoy the sights fully. Probably best... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The old town is exactly that and is unchanged for many a year it was worth a trip to see the statue of Gray Friars Bobby and walk up by the Grass market the St Giles Cathedral and along the Royal mile ..it's a must see for visitors..there is a lot of climbing stairs and hills so be prepared it's... More

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Brit in Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lots of old buildings to explore, and a couple of free museums to look at. The castle is the best thing to look at, doesn't seem to be any traditional Scottish shops like bakeries or food shops. There were souvenir shops which sold the same things!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

If love history then old town is for you as has Greyfriars Bobby and Krikyard and Mary Kings Close and Palace of Holyroodshouse and many other places to visit and get see all the old buildings and many of the closes.

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