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Edinburgh Old Town

Open Now: 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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All reviews royal mile victoria street quirky shops cobbled streets grass market pubs and restaurants every corner beautiful architecture harry potter tourist shops walk around high street steeped in history street performers fringe festival lots of history holyrood palace
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Reviewed today

Edinburgh is the perfect mix of macabre, historical, and eclectic. One of my favorite cities in the world and the Old Town area is a must see part of Edinburgh.

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We stayed on Grassmarket in the Old town and it is a lovely area to stay. Plenty of shops and eating establishments and lovely to just walk around and take in the buildings and surroundings. Good central location for all the major tourist attractions. Great...More

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Reviewed today

We stayed at a hotel in the Old Town and were able to walk to lots of sights we wished to see as well as to restaurants and shopping areas. Bus transportation connections were easily reached.

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived and I couldn't wait to go explore the Old Town. I wanted to see for my own eyes everything. I was surprised to see graffiti but it is everywhere. So much vibe and culture down here in Old Town. Wish I could take...More

Thank SeaWorshipper
Reviewed yesterday

If you are interested in historic places, this is for you. The architecture goes back to the 1600's, and some is even older. Of course there are a lot of touristy areas thrown in, but the shops we went into were fun. Walk down (and...More

Thank Lonie S
Reviewed yesterday

Billy Connelly did a Sketch about highland tea towels and shortbread with bagpipes being a cliche of Scotland. There is a lot of that knocking about but if you search soe good shops, street artists and nooks and crannies to explore. Can be steep and...More

Thank ikb289
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely shopping and dining. If you're peckish, I recommend Devil's Advocate. Victoria Street is also fun to see and photograph.

Thank Storyteller820890
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great shopping and lots of cafes/bars with good food, great coffee and refreshingly devoid of high street brands!

Thank L1954YPjenm
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great little shops full of interesting items. Delicious cheese shop with numerous flavors to taste, tartan shops, art, jewelry, not to mentions the walk through the history of Edinburgh. Loved the "Close" narrow alleyways

Thank Jan D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Air B&B in the Grassmarket area was perfect for our five days in Edinburgh. Old Town has everthing you need for an enjoyable stay. Convenient bus stop, walking distance to many attractions, fun bars and restaurants and short walk to Edinburgh Castle. You feel as...More

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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
20 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.
30 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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