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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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Lots of Lovely Culture!

Edinburgh's Old Town is a lovely area of the city, bursting with Scottish culture; an enjoyable experience for all!

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Edinburgh's Old Town is a lovely area of the city, bursting with Scottish culture; an enjoyable experience for all!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent a morning in the old part of Edinburgh. Starting at Grassmarket it's uphill walk to the Royal Mile. There is a very quaint street with upmarket shops which is where Harry Potters diagon Alley is based.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I fell in love with this city/part of town> I felt like "I can live here." It has the ambience of a big city, but calm and less fast pace compared to America. So beautiful too with the architecture.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good visit very helpful staff and a lovley cream tea after the visit. It is located next to a shopping mall and the hop on bus tour straight outside a very easy trip

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Lovely old buildings, love the cobbled streets, some good pubs, shops, and restaurants dotted about.

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

Old Town Edinburgh is Amazing if you like Old historic and atmospheric streets which are full of interesting little Local shops .. The outside of the buildings are colourful and amazing Georgian architecture .. Little narrow alleys leading to squares and gardens which are often missed on the map ..

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

lovely area to wander through, stopped for a coffee and cake at the Southern Cross which was buzzing and great

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Wallsend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of narrow streets and closes to explore, include the Royal Mile and Greyfriars Kirkyard in yourvtour of this area as itvis very compact and remember to take a camera. For the more adventerous, include an after dark guided ghost tour

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We headed into the old town for old shop, trinket shops and little antiques shops. Grassmarket is very pretty but heading more into old town is very charity shop and your bargain shops and takeaways etc. Walking back towards new town, just got better with more little shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Victoria Street and Grassmarket street are the hearth of this old town. Restaurants, coffee shops and stores create an amaging experience.

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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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