Edinburgh Old Town

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Edinburgh Old Town
4.5
Neighbourhoods • Historic Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Edinburgh's oldest neighborhood, dating back to medieval times: these small streets are lined with wool shops, pubs and historical monuments.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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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dan h
2 contributions
great to wander about the old town,
Oct 2021
I occasionally take a wander round the old town, lucky enough to live here. Great restaurants and shops.
Written 14 October 2021
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK584 contributions
Marvellous Mooching
Oct 2021
What a place to just mooch about checking out this historic area of the city buildings of incredible architectural styles all old and interesting. Shops of all types selling magic ware to whisky and so many people watch spots and interesting bars and eateries, what's not to like?
Written 12 October 2021
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Melanie L
Hampshire43 contributions
Just gorgeous
Oct 2021
We really loved wandering around the old town. So many nooks and crannies varying from cute to ominous!
Written 7 October 2021
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GGGClub
Toorak, Australia1,303 contributions
Not what it used to be
Oct 2021 • Business
Still a picturesque place but too many kebabs, shawarmas, doner kebabs, Turkish or Yemeni food places. Not easy to find a good traditional haggis...but we did!
A pleasant part of Edinburgh when you have time to spend under a warm scottish sun.
Written 6 October 2021
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Mojoblue717
Manchester, UK2,688 contributions
As interesting as it gets
Oct 2021
For our first time visit we chose a Hotel right in the middle of Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, which we were glad we did, as we spent most of our 3 day visit in this area, especially in the evening, for our meals out. Place is full of history and a guide book read before you go will make your trip that much more interesting. The area basically stretches from the Castle along the Royal Mile down to Holyrood, with a series of areas like Grassmarket, Chambers Street and Market St running parallel, and is separated from the New Town by the famous Princes Street. The area is full of interesting & historical buildings, Museums, Gallerys, with apparently few people living there, in parts it is quite touristy. Nevertheless it has a charm of its own, too grand to put into words in this Review. Before doing too much walking round the area, we bought a Hop on Hop off bus ticket, which allowed us to take in the whole area (also the New Town) in one go and then we later walked selected areas where we could take in more of what the place had to offer, at our leisure. Make sure you have good footwear as there a lot of cobbles and much walking up and down hill. Whilst the New Town, also has a beauty & charm of its own, the Old Town is the hub of what we expect Edinburgh to be, and is quite unmissable. Pity I've left it so late in life to find out
Written 6 October 2021
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donna and rick mcglen
Derbyshire, UK6 contributions
GREAT PLACE AND LOTS TO DO...WILL DEFINATLEY BE RETURNING!
Oct 2021
so much to do in a day so weve planned a longer visit!!....friendly clean and felt very safe...we went on a sunday and parking was £5 for up to 8 hours and wasnt to busy...cant wait to return :)
Written 5 October 2021
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Donna C
5 contributions
Stunning
Oct 2021 • Family
Edinburgh is by far the most beautiful city I have visited. The architecture is breathe taking. So much to see and do. From tourist attractions, bars, restaurants and the Royal mile. Everyone really friendly and it is spotless. A lot of walking, so comfy shoes are a must. Don't get taxi's because you miss all the architecture and statues. I will definitely be back next year.
Written 4 October 2021
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TheWonkyone
uk51 contributions
Stunning
Oct 2021
You have to have a look round the Old Town of Edingburgh there is so much to see and so much history.
Written 2 October 2021
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Nikki H
14 contributions
Beautiful to walk around
Sep 2021
Its a beautiful place to visit and I would recommend - also the bus tours are good (green route taken)
Written 30 September 2021
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MrNiceMann
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland8 contributions
Great part of the city lots to look at.
Sep 2021
We visited this city last weekend. Lovely city in the sunshine with lots to look at, beautiful architecture.
Written 24 September 2021
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