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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
Fee: No
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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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This place really good to pass on and this place has many shop especially for window shopping or door shopping. Nice place

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Rajahmundry, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place really good to pass on and this place has many shop especially for window shopping or door shopping. Nice place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst much of the old town has been modernised, there is much that has not: we particularly liked the "Greyfriars' area. We visited during the 'Fringe' festival so there was plenty happening, especially in the Royal Mile.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely old building and interesting things to see. You could spend a lot of time strolling along and just taking it all in. Shops are plentiful and worth visiting.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lovely range of boutique shops to duck in and out of, their is also some great pubs including the Bow Bar

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This lively, quaint, picturesque part of the city has some lovely eateries and unusual shops and we loved it.

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Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful old buildings. Some used for pubs and restaurants. Others used for shops. Many of the buildings have plaques on them describing their historical significance. A great walking tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I absolutely adored Edinburgh Old Town - such a fantastic glimpse at the days of old. There is an energy here that I have not found in many places. Mind you the weather takes a lot to be desired

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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This part of the city is very rich architecturally and historically speaking. Beautiful buildings and details. Very well preserved. Nice independent shops.

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Biddulph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must when in Edunburgh. Some sections can be quite steep and off route there were many steps. Some roads cobbled.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The old town of Edinburgh is a quite intact old stone city with the Castle at the top. The Palace at Holyrood is at the bottom of Royal Street and there are many other churches, museums, restaurants and commercial venues in this area. A great deal of very dark history played out in the city. A must see in Scotland.

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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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