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Places to Visit in Old Town

There's no end to the number of exciting things you can do when you visit a new destination. So why not get your trip to Old Town off to a flying start by having a look at some of our recommendations? After all – out there starts here!

We couldn't imagine a more suitable place to stay than Old Town. World-famous attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat will be just moments away.

The University of Edinburgh and the National Museum of Scotland are in close proximity to this neighbourhood. Since they're just a stroll away, you'll want to pack those comfy shoes.

Spend your Sunday morning at St. Giles' Cathedral. While you're here, why not take some time to perch on one of the pews and lose yourself in quiet prayer. Travellers have a top-notch range of things to do in this destination. Try to imagine the stories hidden within Palace of Holyroodhouse as you appreciate its striking facade. Still got some time on your hands? Princes Street Gardens is a lush haven that's easily accessible from the main central area. After an exciting morning of exploring, recline in the shade of one of its trees.

Life is either a magnificent adventure or nothing at all, so why not dive into some new and thrilling experiences?

This place has plenty of things to do. Here are some ideas to kick off your trip to Old Town:

If you'd like to view a full list of activities, head to the Old Town things to do page.

Old Town Accommodation

The secret to the perfect cheap holiday or luxury getaway is knowing you've got a comfortable place to retreat to after a day of exploring. You'll find around 195 accommodation in Old Town that can offer you just that.

You don't have to blow your whole holiday budget on a place to sleep. You'll discover decent beds with a reasonable price tag at the Lyncliff Hotel (4 Windsor Street) and the Halcyon Hotel (8 Royal Terrace). Fancy options can also be found in the area, such as The Balmoral Hotel (1 Princes Street) and the Destiny Scotland - George IV Apartments (23 George IV Bridge). Their style, service and amenities make for a memorable holiday.

Old Town is a great place to stay if you're keen to be near Edinburgh Castle. The Old Town Chambers and the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh are both within strolling distance, so book your room today for a convenient place to lay your head.

Nearest Airports to Old Town

From the minute the plane finally lands at Edinburgh Airport (EDI), you'll know your well-deserved trip to Old Town has well and truly started! Well, the neighbourhood centre is still 7 miles away, but close enough.


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ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square
Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020
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ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

6 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location Comfy bed No drawers in room - which wasn’t a major problem Breakfast reasonably priced and lots of choice Did however double charge me when I check it. It was rectified relatively easy

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre
    Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020
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    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre

    80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Good location, great breakfast, room was nice and from the 6th floor the view was great.

      The Scotsman Hotel AU$383
      Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020
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      The Scotsman Hotel

      The Scotsman Hotel

      20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Friendly staff and hotel rooms are as beautiful as they are in the pictures.

        Princes Street Suites AU$250
        Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020
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        Princes Street Suites

        Princes Street Suites

        16 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The room was clean and comfortable. The location is close to Waverly station. The room has a full kitchen and a machine for laundry. I wish the room had an in room safe. One minor annoyance is that the bathroom exhaust fan stays turned on long after the lights have been turned off.

          Leonardo Edinburgh City
          Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020
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          Leonardo Edinburgh City

          Leonardo Edinburgh City

          79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The hotel and the location was excellent! The one person that should out and really went out of his way is Mr. Rui!!! He helped my sister and I plan our day trip exploring Scotland. He called around and set up everything for us! He's really personable and goes above and beyond for customers! Rui ...

            Hilton Edinburgh Carlton AU$121
            Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020
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            Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

            Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

            19 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This is the second time I have stayed here and both times had issues with room service only. The number you are given in the menu rings out constantly then you have to phone reception who will call you back and take your order and they don’t seem best pleased. Ordered 2 cheese and ham panini’s and ...

              Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh AU$307
              Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020
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              Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh

              Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh

              1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Location, location, location. That's all I want to say.

                Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket AU$178
                Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2020
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                Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket

                Wilde Aparthotels By Staycity Grassmarket

                26 King's Stables Road, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Really enjoyed our stay at Wilde in Edinburgh. Clean, conveniently located and helpful staff! We will be back again!

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