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Edinburgh Old Town

old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
0131 629 0534
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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
Old Town
0131 629 0534
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The old town is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, highly popular with tourists as you would expect but full of interesting little shops, bars and cafes. Really enjoyed wandering around and exploring this part of the city. Architecture is amazing.

Thank Sue J
Reviewed yesterday

I think you could spend years here and still not see everything. I am totally fascinated by the many layers (historical, geological, architectural, paranormal) of this town! Glad I took a bunch of tours to really find out more about this place. Was here both...More

1  Thank CLG_Ottawa
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place has a lot of things to offer. Lots of history and beautiful buildings, architecture. However like most tourist spots it has its downside. Can be very dirty in some places and extremely congested. You can find the diamonds in the rough, you just...More

Thank highlandpeace
Reviewed yesterday

Get off the Royale Mile and explore the back alleyways of Old Town Edinburgh. You won't regret it and you'll discover new places.

Thank Phil N
Reviewed 2 days ago

To walk in the centre city of Edinburgh is easy from the railway station Waverly to the Castle or Old town or New town is maximun 25 min

1  Thank wookey57
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must when visiting Edinburgh and a totally gorgeous piece of history, the old town is where Edinburgh really started, full of streets and old houses, most medieval amazing big city I've ever seen, the houses are very old and have a taste...More

Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stayed near Grassmarket in Old Town - amazing place. Yes there are a lot of tourists but the history and architecture of Old Town is amazing!

Thank Michelle V
Reviewed 2 days ago

The old town is definitely a part of Edinburgh that cannot be missed! The colourful/stone buildings are just so charming, it is a pleasure just to walk around it. The shops are very curious and interesting, you can definitely find everything there. Many points of...More

Thank Luisa R
Reviewed 2 days ago

First time I was in Scotland I stayed in New Town and did not get over here. This time we stayed here and loved it. Most of what you want to see is on the Royal Mile anyway.

Thank Martha T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Starting from Waverly station, make your way up to the top from Ramsey Lane. It's an intense walk but you will come out at the top of the Royal Mile. Stroll back down and you will see lots of side streets, steep stairs, and cobble...More

Thank Challenger01
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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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
13 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
13 February 2017|
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Response from degrandem | Reviewed this property |
I suggest layering and bringing along a umbrella. There are plenty of little shops, cafes and pubs to stop in to warm up and get a hot drink. Would it be more fun in a bit warmer weather yes, however we went in October and... More