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Old Town

The winding medieval streets of Old Town in Edinburgh are the city’s single oldest section and, along with the 18th century New Town, form Edinburgh’s most historical area. Old Town is a collection of Reformation-era buildings that have been preserved along their original medieval street plan, making a visit to this world-class destination a genuine path into the past. The streets are laid out in a fishbone pattern that was once highly common for ancient Northern European cities. Old Town features a bevy of historic attractions including the Edinburgh Castle sitting atop a one-of-a-kind hilltop crag.

  • Stroll down the Royal Mile, the main artery running through Edinburgh’s Old Town, and enjoy up-close views of historical architecture along either side of this one-of-a-kind thoroughfare.
  • Explore exhibits of antiquities illustrating the cultural and scientific history of Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • Visit the ancient 12th century ruins of the Holyrood Abbey, an ornate medieval masterpiece of architectural ingenuity that once hosted royal weddings and other significant cultural ceremonies.

The Old Town of Edinburgh is centrally located and very easy to reach using public transportation. From the Edinburgh Airport, visitors can take the airport bus to this world-class destination’s terminal stop on Waverly Street, putting holidaymakers within close walking distance of Old Town. Visitors arriving by train should get off at the Waverly Railway Station and follow signs toward the Royal Mile for quickest transit to Old Town. Locals and holidaymakers alike agree that Edinburgh’s Old Town is best explored on foot, a kind of travel that allows for visitors to savour the area’s historic atmosphere.

Hotels in Old Town

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1 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

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Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

Great location, but noisy!
The location was fantastic, the room size was more than adequate, bed very comfortable and other amenities were great. The biggest drawback was the lack of double glazing to stop the street noise -...
20 Jun 2015

2 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

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The hostel is newly refurbished, modern and high-spec, but more importantly, right in the heart of Edinburgh! You can see Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping thorough fare, from the... More

3 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More

Great location, comfortable room but poor bar and limited parking
This hotel is located right in the middle of Grassmarket in Edinburgh which is ideal for exploring the city and a very nice location. The parking spaces were limited which meant that once you had...
3 Sep 2014

4 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

Excellent location in Edinburgh
Nice hotel with friendly personell, centrally placed in the old town of Edinburgh. Excellent full scottish breakfast
4 Mar 2015

Offering all the modern comforts and convenience, this property is an ideal place for business as well as for leisure travellers. GeneralThe inn also provides meeting rooms that helps you to... More

6 Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

1 Princes Street Map

Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh provides luxurious accommodation suitable for discerning travellers looking to explore tourist attractions of the capital of Scotland. The centrally located... More

7 Royal British Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 33 reviews

20 Princess Street Map

New look Interior for 2014

Occupying a prime position on one of the city's most famous streets - Princes Street - the majestic Royal British Hotel Edinburgh is perfectly situated for exploring Scotland's vibrant capital.... More

The perfect stay
The staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful and the location is perfect. It's the second time I was there and I hope to return again this summer
3 Jan 2015

8 Carlton Hotel - The Hotel Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

North Bridge Map

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Set in an idyllic North Bridge setting overlooking Royal Mile, The Carlton Hotel Edinburgh makes for a convenient base for travellers visiting this heritage-rich Scotland capital. While in... More

Lovely stay
We enjoyed our stay and spa day at The Carlton. Staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was lovely and in good condition. We were impressed with the size of the room we were given for our nights...
23 Jun 2015

9 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 50 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

FREE WiFi

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh enjoys a prestigious location at the east end of Princes Street, just minutes from both transport links and city amenities. The recently opened luxury... More

Central location but impersonal stay
pros: - easy to find - central location for sight seeing Edinburgh - large rooms make it easy for international travelers with many suit cases Cons: - when we received our room most of the lights...
24 Jun 2015

10 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

43 Jeffrey Street Map

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Positioned just off the famous Royal Mile and providing comfortable and high quality accommodations, Jurys Inn Edinburgh makes for an ideal place for travellers in a vibrant vacation in this part... More

Nice visit to Edinburgh
Well located hotel near all Edinburgh attractions. Helpful staff.
21 Jun 2015
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