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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 845 859 1006
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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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Cobblestoned streets, architecture from centuries ago, imposing churches, beautiful kilts...it's all there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cobblestoned streets, architecture from centuries ago, imposing churches, beautiful kilts...it's all there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went for the opening of the Christmas market, had a lovely time, great shops, nice food, good atmosphere, will return, Steven and Carol.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool to walk around, take a coffee in a hip coffeebar and enjoy the old streets and buildings. If you search before you go, you will also know where to stop for an activity, like visit some special things in the old town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to stroll and stop into little shops and restaurants. You'll quickly find that everything is Edinburgh seems to be uphill :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Edinburgh Old Town offers many interesting old buildings and an incredible atmosphere. Just walk around, visit the castle and enjoy the views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Awesome week end and pretty nice town. . . it was like a dream! The buildings, streets and weather was fantastic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cousy small part if the town with lots of small shops, pups, restaurants, historical places and friendly people

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to feel the local atmospheres, loved the shops, eating places, just the feel of the place was quite calming, strolling at my own leisure helped me recoup after a hectic tour. One of the things I love about Edinburgh it has kept it's authenticity........can't wait till I return and complete the things I didn't have time for....... what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the shops and the market -- lots to see as we wandered -- plenty for teenagers too including a vintage clothing store, armory and coffee shops. Particularly enjoyed the open air market -- we bought mead and cheese to go with our supper. Easy to walk around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great shops and restaurants. Easy to navigate and very close to the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Definitely worth a stroll along.

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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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