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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: 0845 859 1006
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small...

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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I'm not a big fan of cities, prefer nature and more secluded areas, but was completely charmed by Edinburgh. The buildings are magnificent, even more so the cathedrals, chapels... read more

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I'm not a big fan of cities, prefer nature and more secluded areas, but was completely charmed by Edinburgh. The buildings are magnificent, even more so the cathedrals, chapels, monuments, ... It's like being in another time. It is also very clean and people are incredibly friendly, which is not aleays the case in larger cities. I felt really safe... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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The old town from the castle to Holyrood Palace is a step back in time. The buildings are beautiful with being very old and modern at the same time. Lots of shopping and restaurants along the way. Very steep hill to walk back up but walking down is a blast.

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
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Beautiful town and I am in love with this place. Royal mile is amazing so many places to eat and chill

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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We mainly just wandered around, listened to a piper, dropped into St Giles' cathedral and then found somewhere to eat a burger. But it was a very pleasant place to do all of that.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Incredible City - this city is very beautiful with history around every corner, the architecture is wonderful

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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The irregular skyline of the old town is instantly recognisable as Edinburgh and I love this part of the city the shops and bars and cafes blend in with the old buildings some dating from medieval times it is great to walk here soaking up the atmosphere

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Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always go to old town,when in Edinburgh.Lots to do castle,camera obscura,Edinburgh dungeons,Mary kings court,Hollywood palace.To name but a few places to go.Plenty of restaurants,cafes,pubs.Tec.

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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Just walk, peer down the 'passages' look in the shops, have a coffee or a beer and soak up the atmosphere. You could spend hours just wandering around and taking it all in, also so many photograph opportunities. Day or night, its friendly, felt very safe and welcoming.

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The old town is great. So many places to see, eat and shop. Make sure you take your walking shoes. Go see the real Mary Kings close for an insight into old time living

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice part of the town lots of history and nice bars here and not far away from the Main Street also the cemetery which is well worth a visit as well very old and full of history with a famous little dog

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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