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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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  • good old fashioned alehouse just off the royal mile. outside seating if thats your preference. good beers at sensible prices, that's saying something for edinburgh !  more »
  • Someone told me that I would need a taxi because of the hills in Edinburgh. My hotel was on Grassmarket Street (the bottom of the hill). I made it to the top and thoroughly enjoyed going in and out of...  more »
  • Beautiful area with many attractions. There is always something to do and see. Many bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. A must.
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