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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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Well worth a wander

One of my highlights of my trip to Edinburgh. Full of interesting shops, historical places and hidden closes running off the main street. Take your time and see where you end up... read more

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brighton
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of my highlights of my trip to Edinburgh. Full of interesting shops, historical places and hidden closes running off the main street. Take your time and see where you end up. Great variety of places to eat and drink.

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whenever I visit Edinburgh, the first place I head for, is the Old Town. I love the small cobbled streets and the small quaint and quirky shops. Love this part of the town. Shops are well worth the visit. Nice little cafes and restaurants.

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Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoy the walk and views of old European city. See the popular monuments, pubs, shops, stop to listen to traditional Scottish folklore music.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whilst the majority of buildings are in similar grey stone, there are many fascinating styles and variations. There is a lot of history to look at. There are of course many shops and it is nice to see so many small independent traders. Similarly, the many small public houses are interesting and they are seemingly thriving which serves as a... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I LOVED this place! I loved the sense of history, the many levels, the quirky shops and had the best coffee of my trip there. People in shops were friendly and some quirky merchandise. Don't miss it.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You should make a walking tour around the old town to understand better what the is made of. It is wonderful to justo walk and discover the closes, stores and amazing people

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having visited Edimburgh during different seasons, walking its streets, especially the old town was lovely during the winter. Yes, despite the freezing cold.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For a person who lives in Edinburgh this is a very good place to visit with the place still in olden time(hardly been touched)lots of places to visit even for the young ones.If your on a budget go to Leith as the prices for food and drink can be expensive maybe find a wetherspoons which are quite good and are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everything there is great. Old houses, pubs bars and restaurants. Just love all the old things and people are very friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a amazing place this is loved it quite quirky and old and modern at same time,great boutiques and bars lots off different bars to go too,

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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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