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Edinburgh Old Town

old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
0131 629 0534
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Old Town
0131 629 0534
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Old Town is very beautiful. When u ar in the city you have the feeling of being at the time of the Industrial Revolution. All the houses are building out of Stone. There are churches with amazing architecture. The pavements are wide, great for walking...More

Thank carolfaver
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a nice place to walk. lots of nice little shops and cafe's we just loved it! Circus lane is a nice place with some beautiful houses great for some nice pictures!

Thank DenverM73
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

If you travel to Edinburg without visiting old town , you have seen nothing . Strongly recommend it . You can spend a full day in shops , restaurants and colourful streets . I loved the narrow closes with different name e.g. Advocat's close ....More

Thank Goli N
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Interesting, historical area of Edinburgh that has many places of interest and is good to walk around. Beautiful architecture although some of the buildings are 'scarred' by some questionable business frontages. The old town area is very touristy but if you look beyond that it...More

Thank manswa
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Plenty to do on day out lots of lovely wee cafes, pubs etc sightseeing is a must plenty shops for gifts or just to spoil yourself if you get a chance visit the castle won't be disappointed

Thank maggi1973
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

During the fringe there was so much to see in the old town. Grass market had entertainment and markets. Relaxed atmosphere and the sunny weather was a bonus

Thank Maryannfromgalway
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I love the old town and enjoy showing it off as I am a tour guide. The Royal Mile, the old closes, the five streets which make up the Royal Mile,namely, the Abbey Strand by the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Canongate where the Church is...More

Thank Rosalind N
Reviewed 13 September 2016

All the cafes, the winding streets, great restaurants. What are great way to spend several afternoons. You are within walking distance of the Hollyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle. Just soak in the atmosphere and get a deep breath of history.

Thank Keith Z
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I'm biased because Edinburgh is my home town, even although I don't live there anymore!! Make your own tour, but here's a suggestion : Find Keir Street and at the Heriots school end walk down the Vennel into the Grassmarket. Stop at the top of...More

Thank Rae P
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Old Town is filled with charm, and contains shops that reflect the unique culture of Scotland. It is a lovely place to explore.

Thank Robert C
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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Donna F
21 September 2017|
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Response from Arthur C | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it will be heavy snow. However, it will be raining season.
24 March 2017|
Response from Gibfamily | Reviewed this property |
There are shops selling cashmere all over the place (basically one every few metres!), the prices are more or less the same throughout
13 February 2017|
Response from desmondsdoll |
It can get bitterly cold - you're best to wear easily removable thin layers as you can also become very hot with all of the walking and make sure you have something waterproof at this time of year. Having said all that... More