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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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  • The architecture in Edinburgh is very high houses, which are the next level down halfway to the building; Yes really worth seeing, It's just an experience to wander through the old town
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  • Would definitely recommend, lots to do and see for all ages. Such a cute area, and definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • A real pleasure and delight! Old city, new city of the 18th century! And we had a very nice time (blue sky and Sun) slightly cool. This city worth a visit! Not to be missed!
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