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Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh
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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 into our Edinburgh vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Edinburgh.
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  • If you are visiting Scotland you must visit the Old Town. The architecture and buildings stand for the rich Scottish History. 
  • Anyone going to Edinburgh must go and visit old town, very vibrant whilst we were there. Good mix of the touristy area and local Edinburgh. Been twice and will return. 
  • Stunning view of beautiful old buildings. Will be returning very soon. Felt like something from Harry Potter.