Edinburgh Old Town

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Edinburgh Old Town
4.5
Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
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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Neighborhood: 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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jasonhulme
Bolton, UK68 contributions
Couples
Just come back from a few days in Edinburgh, what an amazing city, we stayed in the old town which was beautiful. Everything is within easy walking distance, we bought a hop on tour bus but we hardly used it. There is hidden courtyards and walkways everywhere all connecting the town on different levels, blink and you'd miss many of them. Edinburgh to me is all about exploring, everytime you look you'll notice something unique. The buildings are amazing, with some really odd ones that look completely out of place. It's full of oddities, charm and magic, it's very different from other places we have visited. Whether you are soaking up the history or enjoying a pastry at a local french bakery, Edinburgh old town is a must visit. Edinburgh is a mega tourist attraction and it was very busy in July but not annoying and we didn't have to queue that much. Strolling through the old town in the evening choosing a restaurant or pub is the best time, it's not as busy and you can soak up the history of the old town.
Written July 21, 2022
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Denise M
13 contributions
Easy to miss on George IV Bridge road near the National Museum of Scotland. You need to make a reservation as this delightful find is popular and only has a small seating capacity. I had the seafood dish. The presentation was perfect and the small portions allowed me to even sneak in a wee dessert too. The staff were helpful and attentive.
Written June 14, 2022
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Dkervin
North Kingstown, RI8 contributions
Couples
Edinburgh was amazing. We are out most nights and when leaving the restaurant at 10:30PM it was still light out.

The Castle tour was much more than we ever expected and so much history to learn about.

A favorite for me was the Golf Tavern and the 36 hole pitch and putt course. They provided a Guinness, a club, putter and ball for £10.

Wonderful
Written July 2, 2022
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Mojoblue717
Manchester, UK2,819 contributions
For our first time visit we chose a Hotel right in the middle of Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, which we were glad we did, as we spent most of our 3 day visit in this area, especially in the evening, for our meals out. Place is full of history and a guide book read before you go will make your trip that much more interesting. The area basically stretches from the Castle along the Royal Mile down to Holyrood, with a series of areas like Grassmarket, Chambers Street and Market St running parallel, and is separated from the New Town by the famous Princes Street. The area is full of interesting & historical buildings, Museums, Gallerys, with apparently few people living there, in parts it is quite touristy. Nevertheless it has a charm of its own, too grand to put into words in this Review. Before doing too much walking round the area, we bought a Hop on Hop off bus ticket, which allowed us to take in the whole area (also the New Town) in one go and then we later walked selected areas where we could take in more of what the place had to offer, at our leisure. Make sure you have good footwear as there a lot of cobbles and much walking up and down hill. Whilst the New Town, also has a beauty & charm of its own, the Old Town is the hub of what we expect Edinburgh to be, and is quite unmissable. Pity I've left it so late in life to find out
Written October 6, 2021
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Traveller1999
Durham, UK301 contributions
You cannot escape history in the Old Town. Nor can you escape shops selling tatty souvenirs and anything else to take the money from your pocket. Everything is expensive. But, avoiding the money grabbers, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience if you can see it in quieter periods, avoiding bumping into all the tourists jamming every inch of available space - very wearing.

Once off the main tourist streets howver there is a trmedous amount of dirt, rubbish and graffiti everywhere. It's as though a concious decision has been made to concentrate solely on the streets with the highest rated properties and therefore generating most income for the council. The biggest industry in Edinburgh is said to be finance, followed in second place by tourism.. They seem to be hand in glove here.
Written May 20, 2022
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,288 contributions
Walking through the Edinburgh Old Town, as well as New Town, is a must do. The area is compact and easy to navigate, it is also a bit hilly. The tourist crowds discovered the Royal Mile eons ago, but it is not hard to wander off to quieter streets an alleys.
Written June 16, 2022
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cybershrew
Winchester, UK48 contributions
Lovely to wander around. so many quirky shops and cosy places to eat. Be warned, over the weekends can get very busy, recommend booking in advance for food. Even same day or next day very busy. Book further in advance to avoid disappointment. But a lovely city and the old town is the best part!
Written November 18, 2021
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GrandTour143298
Leeds, UK2 contributions
Couples
We just got back from a fantastic weekend we stayed at the house of god's was so much fun but like someone else has said the locals need to get over themselves .sick of hearing off people about the roadworks etc. they have a conversation and they'll cut in with Edinburgh is a disgrace the leaders this bla bla bla this is the case all over the UK right now houses being built or roads dug up jist don't keep beating on to your visitors about it .
Written April 11, 2022
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Adrian B
Brighton, UK449 contributions
For me pound for pound this is one of the most impressive tourist destinations in the UK. Of course you have areas of London that are spectacular but none really capture a spirit and hold your attention like Edinburgh Old Town. Almost every building is historical and impressive, on a cold wintery evening with the bagpipes blowing it almost transports you back to the Scotland of old. For me the whole place is like one big museum piece that you can walk around. To give you context I am from the UK and have a university major in History, id like to think in 45 years I have visited most historical sights across the UK so I feel qualified enough to say if you are visiting the UK then you should definitely visit the old town Edinburgh.
Written January 26, 2020
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My Reviews
London, UK143 contributions
This was our first time walking the Royal Mile and we were surprised with the hustle and bustle in the streets with so many 'acts' and entertainment points along the way. You cannot be stuck for a place to eat as it has such a variety of cuisines on offer. People are so friendly which adds to the friendly atmosphere :)
Written June 12, 2021
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