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Edinburgh Old Town

old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
0131 629 0534
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Old Town
0131 629 0534
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Reviewed yesterday

The main section of Edinburgh old town runs from the castle to Holyrood Palace. Traditionally known as the Royal Mile. Shops are quite touristy but some classy ones too. There are a great deal of historical places to visit too, almost too many to list...More

Thank pixalix
Reviewed yesterday

The old town is unique and should not be missed , if you can't walk or climb it take an open top bus tour. Always look up to admire the buildings and take time.

Thank darbyandjoan
Reviewed yesterday

Really interesting place. My hotel was right in the lower section of the Old Town and you can get to pretty much everywhere interesting from there. A bit of a walk up hill to the Royal Mile and the castle, but it's well worth it.

Thank Vicky L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went there during the Fringe 2016 and the all old town was a big and constant party. But I guess that even without the Fringe it is great place to visit, once the buildings are amazing, there are little shops all over and it...More

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Thank Tiago M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Much more pleasant to walk around than the Royal Mile, this colorful, atmospheric street leads down to the Grassmarket. Sure. There's the requisite number of woolen shops, however there's a more interesting collection of unusual shops here as well, including a nice little place called...More

Thank springlering
Reviewed 2 days ago

Old Town is very pretty with lots of shops and restaurants. We stayed in this area and the location was perfect.

Thank 704tracier
Reviewed 2 days ago

Edinburgh Old Town is fascinating, especially if you get off of the Royal Mile with it's tourist shops. It's worth it to buy a good guidebook that will tell you a bit about the place (or even take one of the many walking tours.) Be...More

Thank BlueTravels
Reviewed 2 days ago

Let's be honest, if you visit Edinburgh you have to go to the old town as it's so classic and beautiful, just give yourself a lot of time.

Thank Verity S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice area to seek for shops or a cafe or a dinning option .. Very beautiful buildings with different colors ..

Thank Hassan H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely bars and restaurants and unusual shops to mooch about in. Well worth a visit, even the children enjoyed mooching around

Thank j k
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-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
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24 March 2017|
Response from Gibfamily | Reviewed this property |
There are shops selling cashmere all over the place (basically one every few metres!), the prices are more or less the same throughout
14 February 2017|
Response from desmondsdoll |
It can get bitterly cold - you're best to wear easily removable thin layers as you can also become very hot with all of the walking and make sure you have something waterproof at this time of year. Having said all that... More
14 February 2017|
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Response from degrandem | Reviewed this property |
I suggest layering and bringing along a umbrella. There are plenty of little shops, cafes and pubs to stop in to warm up and get a hot drink. Would it be more fun in a bit warmer weather yes, however we went in October and... More