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Edinburgh Old Town

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Address: Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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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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The Edinburgh castle is a must to see and there are lots of shops and history all around you the princess street gardens was nice

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The Edinburgh castle is a must to see and there are lots of shops and history all around you the princess street gardens was nice

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We were looking for a brush to use on our dog. Found a wonderful shop which specialised in brushes - something from times past - at very reasonable prices. Was simply a joy to browse! Could thoroughly recommend a walk through the old town. Very good!

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Don't let the name auld reekie put you of. Head down to Old town. Some of the best shops are offer. For a great laugh head to the joke shop with lots for all ages. The toast of the old town has to include a bacon roll. You will now this shop once you see the roast pig in the... More 

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a must visit when in edinburgh especially if it is a good sunny day, you will definetely enjoy the walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Edinburgh is a very lovely town. The inhabitants are really kind and helpful. Find something amazing and surprising at e

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Really nice old town - reminded me a lot of Prague! A lot of really nice Scottish Woollen Mill shops and a really lovely atmosphere! There was a guy playing the bagpipes to add to the feel! Really nice cafes etc too! Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beatitul part of the city so lovely and picturesque. Just cross weavely bridge and go explore on foot. Lots of up hills climbs though so make sure u wear comfy shoes!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite a lot to keep you busy for a day or two, both paid and unpaid. Suggest Blackfirars cemetry, not for the dog's grave but for interesting inscriptions and unusual view of the castle rock and old town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to Edinburgh as a solo traveler, but not for long- just pop into any pub and you have a roomful of friends, there's lots to do and see in Edinburgh/Scotland, and plenty to do, but make sure you take time to make new friends, you won't have to try very hard there!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent 3 days in Edinburgh we love this city spent time seeing the sights , royal mile, the castle Grass market and don't forget a visit to Oink!!

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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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