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Edinburgh Old Town

old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
0131 629 0534
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Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour
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Old Town Edinburgh Walking Tour
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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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“royal mile” (1,035 reviews)
“victoria street” (147 reviews)
“quirky shops” (90 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Old Town
0131 629 0534
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Reviewed today

The stories shared by locals of how the streets came into being as well as the 'past practices' of residents' sanitary habits.

Thank FadedFoodie
Reviewed yesterday

What a wonderful city! So much to do and see. Wander the Royal Mile, Visit Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, stop in at a pub or 2. Just enjoy.

Thank asteinharter
Reviewed yesterday

Our tour guide took us through the old town and it was fascinating history with homes as much as 14 stories high and the wynds and closes between them. Our guide helped us imagine what it had been like to live there hundreds of years...More

Thank Claudia D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I absolutely loved walking around this place. The quaint little shops, quirky buildings full of character and the beauty of just watching people go by. This place made me fall in love with Edinburgh and all it has to offer. If you love exploring and...More

Thank SeunAk
Reviewed yesterday

Edinburgh old town is not to be missed. The street performers are first rate and the tourist shopping is quite fun. It is like attending a street circus set in an historic, walled village. Mary King's Close is not to be missed. In fact I...More

Thank Idahogoldman
Reviewed yesterday

Our hotel (the Apex) was located right near this part of Edinburgh and there are many wonderful shops and restaurants nearby. Easy walking distance to the Royal Mile but gets you away from all the tourist foot traffic with still experiencing Old Town.

Thank Erica T
Reviewed yesterday

Victoria street is very colourful with interesting shops.. The Grassmarket has some good pubs and restaurants.

Thank sandsh0912
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in Old Town near the Grassmarket. It's a maze of interesting streets, pubs and history. Easy to walk around and discover it.

Thank Windsong76
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Edinburgh old town is fantastic. All the little streets and closes invite you to get lost in this amazing labyrinth, yet if you walk the street a couple of times you'll get to know them by sight. Full of inviting pubs and restaurants, wee...More

Thank Gabrielė G
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the many streets that inspired J.K. Rowling's Diagon Alley, and you can really see the inspiration. The shops are cute though expensive.

Thank Leah v
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
22 September 2017|
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Response from Tom H | Reviewed this property |
It'll be that wet cold that really chills you, but snow is unlikely.
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
14 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