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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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  • Edinburgh is a beautiful city and friendly city. The old town is great to see and easy to wander around in with lots of pubs and great restaurants.  more »
  • Old Town is a great place for walking, shopping, and people watching. Look for street entertainment as well as bagpipers galore.  more »
  • We stayed in Old Town only a half of a block from the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile has super taverns, lots of eating establishments and rows of shopping places. Other than the Royal Mile, the other favo...  more »

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Edinburgh hides a maze of cobbled streets dotted with boutique hotels offering inexpensive rooms and outstanding restaurants. Many of the city's Gothic buildings house chic hotels with easy access to most of the city’s main tourist sites. For a uniquely Scottish experience, consider staying in the famous old town. Despite being in this historical district, many hotels here feature contemporary decor with lots of glass walls and muted color schemes. They’re also known for offering spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and restaurants serving classic European cuisine, with a modern Scottish twist.
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