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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.

What travelers to Old Town are saying

We were in Edinburgh for the famed International Festival. So vibrant atmosphere. Lots of people from all over the world. Enjoyed the numerous street performances found all over the city. Also caught some standup comedy shows and a play.Loved the...
PS Loh 24 Aug 2015
I love this town! There is so much to do, history, culture, shopping, dining and more. There is always something new and the people are delightful.
Camilla H. 23 Sep 2015

Hotels in Old Town

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From US$85

1 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
3.9 / 5 12 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

Family trip
we loved the location of the the hotel. There is a good place and good view. It is a convenient and comfortable. We will join again when we get the next trip.
29 Oct 2015
From US$29

2 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

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Haggis Hostel is a strategic base for travellers and backpackers in the heritage-rich Scotland capital looking for centrally located and cosy spaces without the hefty price tag. Set close to... More

From US$82

3 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.3 / 5 7 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

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With tasteful units strategically set a stone's throw away from major attractions, The Inn Place makes for a suitable starting point for exploring the heritage-rich Scotland capital. This Edinburgh... More

Splendid girls shopping
Absolutly a hotel to recomend................................................................................................
16 Nov 2015
From US$151

4 Old Town Chambers Luxury Apartments

5 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

Roxburghs Court Map


Whether in Edinburgh for a short- or long-term stay, The Old Town Chambers Luxury Apartments makes for an ideal base for tourists seeking for elegant accommodations while exploring the Scotland... More

Relax trip
The hotel is near the Waverly train station. Very easy to connect to other places. It's near town centre where you can easily find food and shopping. Take bus no.100 from the airport and you will...
15 Nov 2015
From US$104

5 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map


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

Not bad...not bad at all
The location of the hotel was great within walking diatance to the castle, royal mile and Hollyrood House. Reception staff very helpfull and polite. Only negative for me was the pillows were very...
15 Oct 2015
From US$112

6 Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

81 Holyrood Road Edinburgh Map

A quite haven, yet just a stone's throw from Edinburgh's bustling old city centre, the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh provides ideal accommodation for those on vacation as well as business.... More

Memorable 75th birthday excursion
Ideally situated close to Holyrood Palace and Scottish Parliament with Edinburgh Castle within walking distance. Good location for tours to Loch Lomond, Sterling and other tourist destinations.
21 Oct 2015
From US$108

7 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 52 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map


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

Excellent Choice
Apex Waterloo provided a central location for 5 days of sight-seeing in Edinburgh from High Street to the Village nightlife. It's very near the train station, minivan tour pick up sites and within...
4 Nov 2015
From US$87

8 Royal British Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 35 reviews

20 Princess Street Map

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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

weekend break
We arrived on Friday evening to a warm welcome given our key cards and we want off to our room which to our upmost delight. We had room108 face princess street with a big bay window looking out...
17 Nov 2015
From US$73

9 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

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The Grassmarket Hotel is excellently situated for those wishing to enjoy a city break. The Grassmarket area of the city, named after an ancient market place, is as bustling as ever with its pubs,... More

Fancy hotel to stay in Edinburgh
Staff are friendly and helpful, facilities in the room are cute and clean. Excellent location, just at the end of the marvelous Victoria Street!
25 Nov 2014
From US$145

10 Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh

4 stars
4.5 / 5

11 Bristo Place Map

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With a fusion of classic architecture, tasteful accommodations and central location, Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh creates an ideal base for discerning travellers seeking to explore the historic Scotland... More

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