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Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh

Take a historical stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, the oldest part of Scotland’s capital. This neighborhood, a protected World Heritage Site, is noted for its remarkably well-preserved medieval streets and many Reformation-era buildings. Wander through this vast network of narrow alleys and old cobbled streets to see and photograph Edinburgh Castle and the grand Holyroodhouse Palace. Stop by Saint Giles’ Cathedral, featuring a world-famous vaulted ceiling and ornate tombs, or visit the National Museum of Scotland to see its priceless collection of artifacts. Several guided tours are available in this area, including the Vaults Tour, which takes you beneath the town’s surface and into the secret subterranean chambers that once housed the city’s poor. Put Edinburgh Old Town at the forefront of your travel plans using our Edinburgh online day trip planner.
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  • We had an amazing time in Old Town. It feels like you have stepped right into history. Truly Old Town charm at its best!  more »
  • It was very busy when we visited in March before lockdown. We walked from the New Town where we were staying to the Old Town. We visited Edinburgh Castle while we were there but did not have time...  more »
  • Edinburgh Old Town is a quaint and quirky place, bustling with people and very touristy. There are old, characterful buildings and narrow alleyways to get lost into. There is a lot one can explore...  more »

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