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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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some great hidden places

historic and also plenty of bars etc. lots of street entertainment - lots of tours and short walk to castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

historic and also plenty of bars etc. lots of street entertainment - lots of tours and short walk to castle.

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The most impressive old town what was i ever seen! Huge wide of stlye shops and pubs! If i can go back earlier next time, i want to try the pork roaster shop and the 500 years old pub as well! Very good atmosphere!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were around the corner on Cowgate for 3 days. This entire area is filled with crazy little shops like the fairy shop, Hat Shoppe, pubs, restaurants, dance studio, touristy shops, bag, you name it and the buildings are very cool.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All of Edinburgh is beautiful and this area is easily that. Lots of nice mom and pop shops, pubs and diners. I had coffee at one and ate at another. Well worth the nice stroll through the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

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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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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 4 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 4 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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Awesome week end and pretty nice town. . . it was like a dream! The buildings, streets and weather was fantastic

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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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