Castlehill
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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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Jo-Anne E
Morecambe, UK375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A definite tourist must, very historic, with the fantastic castle at the top, great views and excellent photo opportunities. There was a piper playing, it was busy, a good vibe and little alleys off, which are nice to explore. The architecture was lovely. There are places to eat and drink but these were busy, which was to be expected. s
Written 8 April 2024
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Ocala, FL348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Full of tourists, but vibrant street life. Little alleys to explore. Lots of souvenir shops and street performers. Lots of history around it. Don't skip it when visiting Edinburgh.
Written 13 September 2023
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Julischka
Frankfurt, Germany188 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well, you have to go through it if you want to reach the Castle. All shops are super touristy and stuff is expensive. It looks nice but I can imagine it is super packed in summer! I wouldn't want to be there ;-)
Written 27 February 2020
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Stephen T
Preston, UK20,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a street on the Royal mile route and so it falls to me to report very favourably in it as I love the Royal mile with all the history that such a route evokes.

It can be an uphill assault but if you travel here via Princes street and then over North Bridge - that's the easiest way to arrive.

Lots of street entertainers frequent this are during the Fringe - and it's very busy !
Written 28 August 2019
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Edinburgh, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
What was once a gritty, grimy area where people lived, worked,went to school and went about their everyday business is now an overcrowded tourist hub with nothing much to offer anyone except visitors. Ok, it's the main route into the castle so it can't be avoided but the street is narrow and pedestrians have to compete with coaches, army trucks coming and going to the castle and the various service vehicles delivering to the shops and cafes. There are a lot of attractions in this area such as the Castle,Camera Obscura and the Whisky Heritage Centre. The shops and cafes here are probably the most expensive in the city and you can go a couple of blocks away and pay a more realistic price for your coffee or sandwich. Theres also a street performer dressed as William Wallace that you can get your picture taken with. It's a bit of fun and he claims to make charitable payments to a local kids charity. Castlehill is a busy and hectic part of the old town and you will no doubt be here if you visit Edinburgh , but take it for what it is, a dedicated tourist area in the heart of Edinburgh's beautiful Old Town.
Written 15 October 2009
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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is one of the many historic streets in Edinburgh but it is part of the Royal Mile. Although It is quite short it leads to Edinburgh Castle and has many shops and attractions.
Written 16 August 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Castlehill is a lovely old street. It is part of the Royal Mile area. It is not very big but it is old, full of old shops and not so old ones, and full of fun for those who want to have some! It also leads to Edinburgh Castle, so, I presume the name! It's a must see.
Written 29 August 2019
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Castlehill is thought to be one of the oldest parts of Edinburgh Old Town.This steep and narrow road forms the summit of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, where, at its end, opens into the esplanade before the Edinburgh castle.
Written 1 August 2019
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
On the final slope up to the Castle, the Mile passes many interesting buildings including the fascinating Camera Obscura, a must for everybody. Visiting the Hub building, we negotiated our way through the huge, but well managed, queue for the Tattoo itself. On leaving our event, performers were lining the street ready to enter the Castle Esplanade, an exciting area and time to be on Castlehill.
Written 7 August 2018
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Castlehill is basically the upper part of the "Royal Mile" that runs quite steeply down from the Castle Esplanade to Lawnmarket and would have formed an impressive arrival point to visitors. Also, historically, it was the area where witches were tried before being burnt at the stake, hence the nearby Witchery. Whilst the majority of the properties these days have been given over to the tourism market, worth mentioning are The Camera Obscura close to the top and The Hub at the road junction. Interestingly, the Hub, now an arts venue was originally a church building, and is notable as the highest building in Central Edinburgh.
Written 19 August 2017
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