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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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Old town

is a must place to visit. It is a bit hilly, but the architecture will compensate it nicely. Huge amount of nice little pubs.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

is a must place to visit. It is a bit hilly, but the architecture will compensate it nicely. Huge amount of nice little pubs.

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Old town Edinburgh offers up a throw back to the past with old streets, alley ways, courtyards, architecture, graveyards, pubs, shops, etc... And there are restaurants galore! Something for everyone in the family but since it is really quite crowded in the summer, all families should pay special attention to stay together and keep track of your children.

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A great area to explore! Worth a pop down some side roads to see what is around every corner. It's chocked full of history and is thus very beautiful.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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Edinburgh is an awesome place with so much to offer between the old town and new part. It's great just walking the streets, lots of eating and drinking holes. We stayed in Grassmarket which was very central. Make sure you pre-book tickets to the Castle to avoid the queues. Did an awesome bike tour with Tartan Bicycles where we got... More 

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the old town is full of lovely gift shops and great bars, cafes and restaurants also loads of fantastic architecture to look at

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Edinburgh city center is lovely, beautifully preserved architecture. Charming shops and loads of restaurants to choose from. Like stepping back in time, plenty of photo ops around the town.

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Lots of interesting places to visit in the Old City. The Royal Mile from the Castle to Holyrood Palace is a must. Take a tour to learn the history. It is definitely worth visiting.

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We spent only one day here, and all of us want to go back. Just an amazing street to walk. The beauty here is unbelievable. So old, such history, and just so beautiful to walk along and imagine life here years ago. Wished we had more time, as all of us have said prettiest place we have visited. Bring your... More 

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Lovely place, great medieval architerure, lot of places to walk around al day long. Nice place to come back

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Old town has a lot of shops eating places and interesting buildings lots to see and do a must if visiting Edinburgh.

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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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