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Edinburgh Old Town

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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Old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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All reviews royal mile victoria street quirky shops cobbled streets grass market pubs and restaurants every corner harry potter beautiful architecture tourist shops walk around high street steeped in history street performers fringe festival lots of history holyrood palace
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stayed at the Premier Inn in the Old Town during our trip and loved the place. Lots of restaurants, pubs and shops to visit as you meander around the hills and side streets. Really great place.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank TJT123
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are so many shops and restaurants and street artists and bag pipers. Stay on one side of the street in one direction and then switch direction and go on the other side of the street.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank NorthernMainiac
Reviewed 3 days ago

Going to Edinburgh and not immersing yourself in Old Town would be like going to the musical Hamilton and wearing a blindfold and ear plugs. Old Town is a beehive of excitement, history, architecture, food, drink and merriment in many forms. Do a tour or...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PlaySleepEat
Reviewed 3 days ago

this is a must see after you visit the Edinburgh castle - bonus is that you're walking downhill. Great shops and Pubs to visit

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank auslaender11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely winding street with individual shops and plenty of bar's, cafe's and restaurants. This street is easily accessed off the Royal Mile.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mahon5
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everyone loves Old Town. I hated it. It is tawdry, commercial, busy, thronging, confusing, and old. There is probably a lot to love here, including the castle (which I did not visit), but commerce has grown up to feed off the tourism. Visit Edinburgh. It...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank urbasilisk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I am so glad I decided to stay in the old town. I would recommend using an old school map and stay aware of the different elevations when navigating! And don’t be concerned about the steps that don’t look right, take them!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank H1915MYanitas
Reviewed 3 days ago

Edinburgh in its entirety is an amazing place to see. The shopping for tartan and cashmere has an abundance of shops. The architecture in the area is amazing, the streets are clean, lots to see.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Val D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely marvellous to walk around the old town area. We were staying with friends near Edinburgh and used the bus to go into the centre. Plenty of shops, bars and cafes. Some cobbled streets.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Johnlobster
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I visited Edinburgh for the first time last week. We stayed at the Radisson Collection on George IV Bridge, which was a great place to walk to many sites and activities. We loved wandering around Old Town. We spent most of our...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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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
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November 29, 2018|
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Response from gordonmaximus | Reviewed this property |
Sorry have no idea, contact tourist information might help
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Response from Shizuka B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so.
June 9, 2018|
Response from MiMiLavette | Reviewed this property |
It is about 2.3 miles away in a car from the Claremont Guesthouse. Taxi is probably better.