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Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh

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World heritage site · Neighborhood · Historic Walking Area
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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  • Loved Edinburgh Old Town. Plenty to see and do. You are surrounded by fantastic architecture and history. Lots of places to stop and eat. We were blessed with great weather. Be sure to wear comfy...  more »
  • Stunning city with a lot to look at but I guess just out of COVID, drunk people everywhere, especially in the evenings. Angry people everywhere and angry drivers a constant interaction. No police...  more »
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