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Edinburgh Old Town

Old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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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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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Old town, Edinburgh EH1, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Edinburgh old town is beautiful, busy, an artists or photographers paradise but tourists or locals need to keep it clean. It has too much litter and graffiti since we visited last. Do people not appreciate what they have? Every 'Close' looks like a narrow lane...More

Thank Paddymaginty
Reviewed yesterday

Great for wandering. Over priced restaurants. Street entertainers and lots of shops. Lots to see and lots of shortbread!

Thank Ashley J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Love the colorful houses. It is fascinating to see all the famous authors' old homes and they have been maintained well.

Thank Tracy_ANTCC
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was actually a father and daughter walk-about, my first visit in several years. If anything, it’s more quirky than I remember. In fact the only item that I remembered is the cheesemonger. Nice and aromatic. Of course, at any time of year it is...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice little place up hill or down hill. Took a tour guide and was enjoying the information and the stories that was told

Thank Lainey L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped for a coffee and a delightful French pastry in a little French café in the old town. The weather was good that we were able to enjoy it al fresco. Will definitely stop off here again when back in the city.

Thank Rosemary M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in Edinburgh in August 2014 and did not realize it was the Fringe Festival. But we ae so glad we were staying in the heart of the festival in Old Town. There are street performers, plays, comedy shows, and so many other fun...More

Thank Lina F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately the old town of Edinburgh is so busy all year round. However, it is still a joy to stroll around the main streets of the Royal Mile, Victoria Street and the Grassmarket. To visit the many closes off the High Street, some having been...More

Thank esme199
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really nice to just meander through the old town streets but beware, the streets are very hilly in places but if you’re fairly fit, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 2 days ago

No matter day or night, the old town is a lovely place to explore. The stores together form a rainbow of colours.

Thank NinDinja
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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16 October 2017|
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Response from Kathy B | Reviewed this property |
I got a taxi from airport. It cost £21 plus gave £2 tip. I got the airport 24 hour bus back to the airport which was great and cost only £4.50
5 October 2017|
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Response from Gary S | Reviewed this property |
Hi Troy I thought Cashmere to be expensive in Edinburgh aimed at the tourist trade. cheaper at out of town stores and woollen mills.
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21 September 2017|
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Response from Miupe1978 | Reviewed this property |
Hello traveler, the weather in Scotland is cold you have max 8 degrees and min 2 degrees, You can count with Rainy days so be equiped for cold and rain. You might get a surprise and catch some sun Hope it helps, Enjoy