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Address: East of the Esplanade and west of Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Nice place to visit

We were staying in the centre and decided to have a walk along here which was nice, nice shops and church leading up to the castle. Nice views from the entrance way to the castle... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
Chris D
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

An image of what I remembered of Edinburgh from when I was here 25 years ago that I went past this time I came, the narrow cobbled street, tall old buildings hanging over the street, a church in the middle of the road, leading out to a large open expanse of the esplanade, which in itself is something to behold... More 

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Under de Castlehill there is a small knitwear and tartan shop. 555 Castlehill. I've bought a precious big brooche for a reasenable prize. The Scottish woman who works here is very kind, sweet and gave me a very enthusiasm welcome. I recommend this shop for your presents or souvenirs.

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were staying in the centre and decided to have a walk along here which was nice, nice shops and church leading up to the castle. Nice views from the entrance way to the castle. Can get busy along here especially during the day, at night it is quieter and it is also nice. Would say visit here

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Our son loved the cannons and generaliy enjoyed the visit. We had tea in the tea rooms, which was expensive, over 20 quid for three drinks and cakes, and they served the scones cold and all the staff were foreign. Whilst it's great they can attend people in their own languages, it would be nice to have felt a little... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Nice place to walk from Hollyrood up through old town & towards the Edinburgh castle. Lots of shops & a few museums etc along the way. A good place to start would be hollyrood or parliament & make your way up the hill to the castle. There are plenty of shops, cafes & bars along the way.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

So busy at all times of the year but a really quaint part of the Old Town leading up to Edinburgh Castle.

Thank George M
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this area with variety of touristy shops, bars & eateries, great architecture & lots of interesting things to amuse you on the way up to the castle. Also this area is where you will find the Trishaw guys who will whisk you home much quicker than any other way as they can use the cycle lanes, great when... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

Literally the first shop as you leave the castle, it's exterior belies the joys within! I called in for their splendid Whisky collection and was well looked after by Finn, who was knowledgeable & friendly

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This is a lovely part of Edinburgh to walk around. Really picturesque buildings. Situated near the Royal Mile so really easy to get to!

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2015

As tourist visitors to Edinburgh, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting this narrow road which runs through the Old Town uphill towards the Edinburgh Castle esplanade. The road is bordered on each side by a host of shops, cafes and bars housed in old buildings and which provide plenty of opportunities for tourists like us, to spend their money. During our visits... More 

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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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