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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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  • As we were staying on this side of town, we had to spend a bit of time in old town. The architecture is just stunning … which adds to the mysteries of old town. If only these buildings could talk.....  more »
  • I love the old town! There are nice little shops that sell local products as cashmere scarfs and whiskeys. Definitely a must visit if you’re in Edinburgh!  more »
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