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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 845 859 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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Lovely to wonder around

Great shops. Love the smaller independent shops. Loads of Scottish souvenirs on sale. Quite fun to find your clans tartan or to get a book on family name meanings. Love the... read more

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great shops. Love the smaller independent shops. Loads of Scottish souvenirs on sale. Quite fun to find your clans tartan or to get a book on family name meanings. Love the cathedral and churches. Loads of food places if you fancied that. Was just wonderful to walk around. Street entertainers too which is nice.

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Durham, North Carolina
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It's great fun to spend hours just wandering through Old Town Edinburgh. While I say it's fun to get lost here, that's really only lost in time. It is easy to navigate and worth a meandering afternoon during a visit to the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This city is wonderful! If u r looking for a great place, full of history, dark side and not overcrowded but at the same time young that s the place where to go!!!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Princes street may get more visitors and the castle is certainly the best known and iconic image of Edinburgh but old town is the beating heart of the city. From the castle down to Holyrood and a mile or so either side every ally, flight of steps, corner, pub, kirk and house ouses history, intrigue, treachery and murder. Put on... More 

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Choppington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the area between free royal mile and the grassmarket. It is quirky and quaint and very colourful. Has good places to eat and small family run shops

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Old Town is well worth seeing it is atmospheric and very beautiful. Worth just wandering around some of the side streets.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful part of a beautiful town. Lots of charming things to spot and enjoy. On a misty night, there is an air of intrigue that forced us to get into a pub and just stare out at the world outside. Great spot to be.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

lots of interesting shops, restaurants and architecture. Walking is interesting up and down the hills, small quaint streets

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Loved Edinburgh old town. Feels like you are in the past world. I was a young lady back in time, i d love to go back!

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Edinburgh has some fabulous non chain independent shops and especially in the old town. I do despair at the amount of get your Scottish tat shops but this is in Inevitable given the tourists. The worst thing however is the professional beggars who I regularly see getting out of taxis in the morning for their chosen spot with their mobile... More 

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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-flavoured 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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