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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
Edinburgh nice, guide on hop on hop off swearing f**## - not impressed.
Mary B. 1 Oct 2015

Hotels in Old Town

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From US$36

1 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$60

2 Jurys Inn Edinburgh

4 stars
4.0 / 5 13 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

Great view from the room. Big Room. Friendly staff.
The view from my room was great. Breakfast was rich and the staff was very helpful in anyway. Staff at reception and housekeeping was very professional and kind. The room was big and warm. In the...
29 Dec 2015
From US$97

3 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 26 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

First visit but not the last
For our first trip to Edinburgh we wanted a hotel that was in easy walking distance of as many of the attractions as possible but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a 24 hour city to...
11 Oct 2015
From US$72

4 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 15 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

Stay 3 nights and Save 10%

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

Perfect weekend away
I went to Edinburgh for the first time with my partner and could only afford grass market hotel for good location and reputation. And if was even better than expected, everybody was so friendly,...
23 Dec 2015
From US$114

5 Apex Grassmarket Hotel -formerly Apex International Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

FREE WiFi

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, Apex Grassmarket Hotel- formerly Apex International Hotel makes for an ideal base for travellers in Edinburgh. The Camera... 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$72

6 Stay Central Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews

139 Cowgate Map

Stay 5 nights Save 15%

Stay Central Hotel is situated in an area known as Cowgate in the busy centre of this vibrant capital city. The National Museum of Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Hall are in the close... More

Perfect rooms with untraditional decor
Fancy rooms for both business and pleasure visits including a very warm welcome at arrival.
5 May 2015
From US$79

7 The Inn Place

4 stars
4.1 / 5 9 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Stay 5 nights save 25%

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

Would book again
Great hotel for the price. It fully met our expectations. The free internet worked really well, the bed was clean and very confortable. The room offered teas. The tea cups was not cleaned properly,...
7 Jan 2016
From US$167

8 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$97

9 Princes Street Suites

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

16 Waterloo Place Map

3 DAY SAVER

Renowned by its premier location, the Princess Street Suites Edinburgh offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and top-notch services that are sure to please business and leisure... More

Short breack
Home from home a wonderful break. Excellent staff and prompt service Did not want to leave
14 Feb 2015
From US$83

10 Carlton Hotel - The Hotel Collection

4 stars
4.4 / 5 7 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 New Year Stay
Stayed for the Hogmany celebrations. Good location and easy walking distance from station, the Royal mile and old and new towns. Staff at hotel very friendly. We stayed for room only rate, at the...
5 Jan 2016
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