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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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  • Loved to explore the old town especially in the evening: Victoria Street, Cockburn street, the Royal Mile. If you have the time, visit St.Giles Cathedral and look for the angel playing bagpipe wooden ...  more »
  • We've spent a lot of time in all the nooks and crannies and I'm certain we haven't seen everything yet. We love Greyfriar's Kirk, the Grassmarket area, the Bow Bar. Love it all!  more »
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