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  • Address: Old Town
The historic heart of Edinburgh and home to many of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the atmospheric Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Watched over by the striking Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town is most famous for the central boulevard which runs between the hilltop castle and the Royal Palace of Holyrood, four sequential streets known as the Royal Mile.

The main starting point for walking tours of the city, the Royal Mile is teeming with landmark buildings and iconic sights. The 12th century St Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, the John Knox house and the underground streets of Mary King's Close are all popular visitor attractions, dotted between the throngs of souvenir shops, historic pubs and cafés. The final section of the Royal Mile, Canongate, is the most architecturally varied, with the 16th century Canongate Tollbooth and Canongate Kirk, the modern Scottish Parliament complex and the wacky Our Dynamic Earth building clustered around the palace grounds.

Edinburgh’s Old Town is also home to the city’s main University and comes alive during the summer festival season as the enormous Edinburgh Festival, Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Military Tattoo bring the medieval center to life.

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Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 124 Reviews

Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.01

Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 145 Reviews

Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.92

Edinburgh Rail Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 109 Reviews

See the best of the Scottish capital on this independent day trip from London to Edinburgh. Travel by train through England’s countryside and jump aboard your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.77

Haunted Halloween Tour of Edinburgh

Expect the unexpected on a spine-chilling walking tour, discovering Old Edinburgh’s spookiest secrets.  By the cover of night, your exclusive tour will ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.01

Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

There are ghoulish goings-on in the ancient city of Edinburgh on this spine-tingling 1.5-hour tour, and the city’s spirits seem more restless than ever! Head ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.92

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