Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Old Town: Hours, Address, Edinburgh Old Town Reviews: 4.5/5

Edinburgh Old Town
4.5
Neighbourhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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
About
Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: 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 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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Christopher G
Oxted, UK424 contributions
Great Architecture and hstory
Nov. 2021
Great Architecture and history on show as you walk around the historic district, So much to see and do, so ensure yo have a good guide book
Written 29 November 2021
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Mel B
3 contributions
A favourite of mine
Nov. 2021
Love the old town. The buildings, the atmosphere make it a great place to wander and explore as there is many hidden gems to discover
Written 27 November 2021
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cybershrew
Winchester, UK48 contributions
Enchanting
Nov. 2021
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 18 November 2021
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Stuart R
Scotland94 contributions
Medieval Architecture Packed With Attractions
Sep. 2021
Iconic and world class. Oozing with history and bustling with people. Lots of shops, cafes, bars and other attractions.
Written 12 November 2021
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Leslie W
60 contributions
My favorite part of Edinburgh
Oct. 2021
From the Castle downhill to Holyrood, the whole street, and its many closes, wynds and cross streets, seems so old-world. Little shops, narrow passages, history oozing out everywhere. Masses of tourists, but they look and sound happy.
Written 10 November 2021
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Mags
42 contributions
Lovely Edinburgh Old Town
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Absolutely loved walking around old town, you somehow feel like you have stepped back in time.

We had a great morning wandering the stoney steps of Edinburgh Castle, even in the rain, it was enjoyable. The Castle is gorgeous lit up at night!

The Royal Mile is a must and Victoria Street is pretty cool.
Written 6 November 2021
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Alien W
412 contributions
My Visit
Oct. 2021
Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile are the must sees. Very impressive and beautiful. with a sense of history and tradition.
Written 29 October 2021
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LQGuy
Napa, CA623 contributions
Good to visit!
Oct. 2021
We strolled around this area for an entire day. This should not be missed, especially the Royal Mile!
Written 26 October 2021
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debbie m
7 contributions
Not to be missed!
Oct. 2021
Very interesting streets and alleys, make sure you walk down all little streets and alleys, some lovely quaint places to eat off the beaten track. Lots to see, a walking tour is a good start!
Written 24 October 2021
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Mrwstowe
Burnley, UK206 contributions
Day out
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Just a day visit but was great, lots of quirky shops and coffee shops the buildings are amazing and steeped in history well worth a visit.
Written 24 October 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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