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Edinburgh Old Town

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“victoria street”(249 reviews)
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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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Old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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All reviews royal mile victoria street quirky shops cobbled streets grass market pubs and restaurants every corner harry potter beautiful architecture tourist shops walk around high street steeped in history street performers fringe festival lots of history holyrood palace
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Reviewed today via mobile

Fantastic walking through this historical part of the Old Town. There is an abundance of colourfully decorated fronted shops cafes and bars, just off the Royal Mile. Remember if your walking from The Grassmarket, this is a steepish hill. It’s a great place.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Super shops, bars, restaurants and a must do in Edinburgh. Loved the style of the buildings and the atmosphere, just off the Royal Mile. Edinburgh old town is gorgeous.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tony C
Reviewed yesterday

Edinburgh spreads down from Edinburgh Castle toward the north sea and you can follow history from the Castle, through the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras. The old town is that which predates Georgian Edinburgh, before it grew into a large city after the Battle of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Georgian Old Town of Edinburgh is an atmospheric reminder of the history of the city. The cobbled streets and beautifully preserved buildings are hiding wonderful restaurants, museums and shops. Some are still homes but most turned into flats. A stroll in the City Centre...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank carolcJ2985KJ
Reviewed 2 days ago

Quirky, pretty and historic, there is much to recommend wandering around the Old Town. There are plenty of shops, bars and cafes to enjoy which appeal to tourists of any kind: whether you want something simple or sophisticated. You can immerse yourself in the place...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Some things we learned about Old Town and Scotland in general had to do with timing and planning in advance. The Fringe Festival was really fun and also a bit of madness however for some of the popular shows you need to get tickets in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Neil C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although this is a shopping, eating, drinking area I find the numerous friends I bring here just cannot stop taking photographs. The upper walk way that also contains a lot of pubs and restaurants gives a great overview of the street and the opportunity to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bangormaine
Reviewed 2 days ago

I could perhaps start to write a small book so much to see from Greyfriars Bobby to the Thistle Chapel and many more and do not forget that hidden Gem the Library at the University

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank O182OEpierred
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely looking area with good places to eat and drink and some quirky shops although there are a lot of the same type of shop i.e fudge.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Freedom829722
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

History, coffee, cake, architecture, coffee, cake, street theatre, coffee, cake, politics, coffee cake, fun, coffee, cake, shopping, coffee, cake, individual retailers, coffee, cake, oh, and a hog roast. Love it all.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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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30 November 2018|
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Response from gordonmaximus | Reviewed this property |
Sorry have no idea, contact tourist information might help
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Response from Shizuka B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so.
10 June 2018|
Response from MiMiLavette | Reviewed this property |
It is about 2.3 miles away in a car from the Claremont Guesthouse. Taxi is probably better.