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Edinburgh Old Town

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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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Old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 May 2014

I tried to explain the town of Edinburgh to Alex last night, and I realized that I had learned loads about the fun history of this town. I’m glad I still have a few days to explore it before we head back to London. Edinburgh...More

7  Thank sarahdweaver
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was my first visit to Edinburgh. Before I went, I did a lot of reading about the city and its main attractions. Many of them are in Old Town. My wife and I made a hotel reservation at the George Hotel in New Town,...More

6  Thank Mel M
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Reviewed yesterday

Edinburgh truly is an ancient city, inhabited for about 3,500 years and Old Town is the center of everything. There are great shops, both touristy and authentic, local pubs, restaurants and pretty much everything you could want. The history is just everywhere, from the Gothic...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed yesterday

Find the American street performer in the cowboy hat. He has flaming batons. Can't miss it. It is worth waiting and watching. Seeing all the sights were great as well. Plenty to look at. There is more hidden walkways and alleyways you can imagine.

Thank GregDemers
Reviewed yesterday

Every twist and turn is something new to look at - stunning scenery, Something for everyone, love it here.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just love this place the whole history of it one of my favs are grayfraires Bobby and his story and since young always wanted to visit and my dream has come true from minute I came here just felt I belonged loved of the tours...More

Thank Fliwerpot1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the old town whilst in Edinburgh just to take in the sights. Lots of old buildings plenty of shops places to eat and drink. If wanting to take in all of Edinburgh worth a visit.

Thank Joann K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is the place of all the beautiful photos of Edinburgh. Make sure you go down to the Grassmarket too, it's really special

Thank Mariondotdotdot
Reviewed 3 days ago

Edinburgh's Old Town is a unique and very interesting area to visit. Set up and around the wonderful Castle it is full of lovely old and very picturesque buildings. There is a great variety of things to visit in the Old Town including the castle...More

Thank shirleymacpherson58
Reviewed 3 days ago

A really historic street with a load of really good bars and restaurants that each in their own right are worth a visit. It is a place i would recommend everyone should visit but it can be quite intimidating at night as there are a...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic part of Edinburgh and a real iconic street. Filled with lovely little shops and restaurants. Leads into the Grassmarket which is fantastic for a drink or two. Definitely worth a visit to the old town.

Thank StevenD868
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lot of teeny tiny paved streets, quirky colored frontshops and a medieval atmosphere that we loved to get lost in

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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
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Lia B
19 July 2018|
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Response from Shizuka B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so.
Angela H
10 June 2018|
Response from MiMiLavette | Reviewed this property |
It is about 2.3 miles away in a car from the Claremont Guesthouse. Taxi is probably better.
29 April 2018|
Response from HejMej | Reviewed this property |
Hello! It's all pretty near. You can easily walk from your Hotel to the Royal Mile and be there. It's very touristic though but has a lot of nice pubs around where also good food is being served. From the Royal Mile get to... More
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