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Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh

World heritage site · Neighborhood · Other
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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  • A visit to the capital city would be incomplete without visiting Edinburgh’s old town and wandering around the old streets and alley ways taking in the architectural delights along the way.  more »
  • Old Town is gorgeous to discover and wander but be prepared for the climbs. Missing out on the funky pubs definitely took away from our trip but all the more reason to come back. I think some places....  more »

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