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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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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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Wool & Harris Tweed

Thoroughly enjoyed this part of town, a host of wool & tweed shops to peruse amidst all the history of the old town, very busy when we visited at New Year however.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this part of town, a host of wool & tweed shops to peruse amidst all the history of the old town, very busy when we visited at New Year however.

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing architecture throughout the city. Old town in particular is both quaint and intriguing. ell worth visiting.

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Edinburgh is a very beautiful place to be. Architecture is very detailed and catches eye. Streets are very narrow what makes the place more magnificent.

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Balzan, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed walking around here - it's a great contrast to the more modern part of city. Check it out.

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Pittenweem, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you love old books, great coffee, quirky shops and character atmosphere you'll enjoy wandering around Edinburgh old Town.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walk for the old street with the house and place with it's shortcuts and connecting alleys where circulated the people circulated on foot and horseback

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an excellent part of Edinburgh it lies between The Royal Mile and The Grassmarket, there is plenty of shops down this street with a few bars as well. Some good photo opportunities as well.

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Old Town is fascinating. You are walking down cobble stone streets, winding through a section of Edinburgh that boasts flats, shops, pubs and restaurants in buildings that span more than half a millennium... some are over 500 years old. Remember your old Fairy Tales? They were set here. One of the most common pictures you will see in the reviews... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pretty little town with a lot to offer! Quite hilly in places, its kept clean which is nice. Lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is cute section of Edinburgh, filled with cute stores. Not far from the Royal Mile, and worth visiting. Check out the Isle of Skye Candle Store - you will be able to take the smells of Scotland home with you.

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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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