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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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  • Absolutely loved walking around Old Town. So many shops, buildings, cafes and bars to look around. Loved all the side streets with fantastic views, highly recommend wondering around here without a...  more »
  • I didn't really know much about Edinburgh before visiting but after spending a week there, I had spent most of it in the Old Town. It's a place packed full of history and there's loads to see just by....  more »
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