Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh Old Town
4.5
Neighbourhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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The area
Neighbourhood: 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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thesmequation
137 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Lovely place to walk about, feels like I am being transported to another era due to the rustic vibe of the old architecture! You could walk whole day long and will still be able to find things to do. There are some nice restaurants, tea houses, and museums as well! We visited Camera Obscura, National Museum of Scotland, and the Writer's museum! We even hiked up to Arthur's seat which offers a panoramic view of the town!
Written January 24, 2023
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Heddy G
Malvern, PA508 contributions
Jan. 2023
Loved strolling around in Old Town, lots of cool things to explore and of course, very easy to do and it costs nothing.
Written January 20, 2023
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antony m
6 contributions
Jan. 2023
So much to do and see and great food and drink too. So many shops and photo opportunities. Lovely buildings.
Written January 10, 2023
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Agata D
Rome, Italy32 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
A must see when in Edinburgh. Full of brilliant architecture! Take a stroll down Victoria street with a coffee or tea and take in the atmosphere
Written January 9, 2023
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Rowlett9105
Rowlett, TX273 contributions
Dec. 2022
The most magical city I've ever been to. It feels like you are in a movie set. Really felt like you were living in another time. I know that's said a lot but it's true in Old Town Edinburgh.
Written January 7, 2023
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Herman750708
London, UK29 contributions
Dec. 2022
We’re very disappointed in Edinburgh when we visited during December 2022 on a short break. A lot of the shops in Princess Street closed down with a lot of graffiti on the old buildings. The Christmas market was also a disappointment this year. We also realised that Edinburgh is actually not a dog or child friendly city at all and I’ll tell you why. When you go to an old city like Edinburgh you want to visit and eat in the old traditional pubs. However, only a handful of pubs in the old town allowed dogs, not to mention children. We found out in a rude way that if you have a baby or child under 5 years you’re not allowed into any pub. If you have children under 18 years, you’re allowed into the pub only if you’re planning to have a meal with one drink only, after that you need to leave. In the old town every second shop is a cashmere or whiskey shop - too many.
Written January 3, 2023
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Nicolle Z
Holt, MI681 contributions
Nov. 2022
A wonderful historicaly city, complete with stone-paved pedestrian walkways and lots of shopping. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around and reading the informational plaques along the Royal Mile. Next time, I'll make sure to take a narrated historical walking tour.
Written January 1, 2023
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Gingerkat
Holmfirth, UK14 contributions
Dec. 2022
As usual atmospheric any time of the year but beautiful at Christmas. Plenty of places for a quick bite and to pick up presents at Christmas, as long as you know your prices because there can be a price hike here.
Written December 23, 2022
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Despina P
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Solo
The city itself, due to the combination of countryside and city as well. Although you walked downtown, in the central part of the city, you felt in the same time, as if you were far away from the city, in the countryside!!!!. t's a real green city and I liked it mostly. I was impressed and could stay forever in this place. I like smooth rain , exactly as it was raining in Edinburgh. Not cats and dogs, just a smooth rain. Furthermore, I liked very much small individual enterprises where simple people produced a variety of goods, as per their personal skills. Leather goods, knitted fabrics, sweets and pastries, toys made out of wood, etc. All people I had met, staff in the small Travel Lodge Hotel, coach driver in one day excursion, hairdressers, all were very polite and some of them proved to be very funny too. They have made us laugh. Cats were extremely discrete, some of them seemed to be very proud too, in their hand nitted colourful dresses. They were not at all supersticious, on the contrary, they were in the real world with all of us, humans, except that they remained silent and not at all boisterous, compared to humans.
And something important I must not omit. I never eat ship meat. I do not like at all meat. Well. You must never say never. I had tasted a local dish I had found extremely tasteful and it was made out of ship meat !!!? You could though hardly realize that you are eating meat, ship meat!!!!!! The most important of all I must not forget to include. I met people employed by the railway station, who apart from friendly, they were in addition willing to carry my luggage, as if I were Mrs Rockfeller.!!!!!! I would never permit of course such a thing to let it happen, but I got really astonished of the training they ought to go through, before being hired!!!!! She was a lady over fifty who felt very willing to carry my luggage!!!!!
Thank you. Despina
Written December 16, 2022
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Marie lipinski
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
Edinburgh is a very historic city we did quite a few tours and heard many tales of the city long ago .We especially enjoyed the ghost bus tour ,held after dark it takes you round on an old double decker ,the very witty guide will tell tales of Edinburghs ghosts and entertain with many jokes and scares along the way .The Scottish national museum is also very worth a visit ,Dolly the sheep can be seen there among many other exhibits .Food is very good we especially enjoyed the deep fried haggis served with tatties and neeps .A lovely city made lovelier by the good humoured wit of its people .
Written December 15, 2022
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