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Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

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The capital of Scotland since the 15th Century, Edinburgh is notable for its long development and wide stylistic range. The central Old Town is dominated by Medieval structures, including a large ... Read more
fortress, while the New Town bursts with Neoclassical flair and served, when built, as an example for other European city's designs. UNESCO recognized the two areas as a joint World Heritage Site for their unique yet perfectly integrated contrast.

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Wonderful areas to wander about. It is these, along with the geographical location (built on seven hills) that make Edinburgh so Beautiful.

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There’s a reason Edinburgh is a UNESCO heritage site, and it’s these astonishing parts of the city. Whether you’re exploring the old winding closes of the Old Town, or the palatial grids of the new, it’ll leave your architectural glands fulfilled.

Living in Edinburgh means I get to enjoy this daily, and my favourite route to work takes me through St Andrew’s Square and up ‘The Mound’. You could spend your entire time in Edinburgh here and not come away disappointed.

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Ancient and slightly less ancient towns. Architecturally astounding and a real step back in time!

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Discover both Old and New Town on foot to get a real feel for the City. The New Town provides excellent shopping such in George Street, Princes Street and of course the luxury of Multree Walk as well as a vast array of eateries from Michelin starred to budget.
The Old Town gives you a glimpse of what Edinburgh used to look like hundreds of years ago - beautifully preserved. Experiences such as Mary King's Close and the nightly Ghost tours are a fabulous way to learn more about its' sometimes dark but always fascinating history as well as its' many layers the town is made up of... definitely worthwhile!

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Patriothall is on the outskirts of the New Town, and ideal for walking round some of the splendid architecture of both the old and the new town. A 1 hour walk will cover hundreds of years of history.

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Philadelphia

Edinburgh is a mix of old and new. This makes the city such an interesting place to visit with great history and varying architecture. Truly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

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London

at present we have the festival plus the fringe going on which takes in the centre of Edinburgh old town now there is a 1000 years of history down the royal mile add to this lots of street performances from many international theatre groups giving free performances (stick a few pence in their buckets just to show your app) add in every theatre --hall--pub--open air-that giving room to acts--and you have the most wonderful show time on earth that somewhere along the line will suit what ever you fancy from serious plays to magic-stunt-comics-all doing their upmost to keep you entertained over the next three weeks (I would add the tattoo in this but one should note tickets are very hard to come by as usually a sell out) it can take the whole day to walk down and discover the wee closes-- back hide away parts of high street but are worth a look (promise) to see how near you lived to your neighbours in the 15th century(Edinburgh was an enclosed city for hundreds of years after the battle of Flodden-still see the wall that was build-so if its history--or arts --Edinburgh for you right now

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Darlington

well worth going to both and even going to the underground city was well worth it.

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I love the feel of both the new and old towns of Edinburgh. Both have a lovely feeling of days gone by. I spent almost all my walking time within these two neighborhoods.

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Muscat

interesting how two towns are classified as old and new when the ruins actually look similar. a great stroll of the view would be nice.

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Calgary

Old Town includes the two major tourist must do sights, the Castle and Holyrood Palace as well as many other mediaeval looking structures. The main road in Old Town, the Royal Mile (made up of High Street and Canongate), which connects the Castle with the Palace, is very touristy. For a break from all the souvenir shops, try walking through the closes, the covered streets which lead away from the Royal Mile. The Grassmarket area near the Castle is full of a lot of pubs which are popular with students. The area also has a number of small shops better for gift shopping than most of those on the Royal Mile.

New Town contains most of my favourite shops and restaurants. New Town was created in the 18th century, which doesn=t seem new at all. But then, the oldest structure in the Old Town is 12th century, so the references are a wee bit different from Calgary=s. The Georgian architecture, planned street layout, and small green areas make New Town a pleasant area to wander about and enjoy. Many of the main street names commemorate the union of Scotland and England.

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Livingston

As a tourist you could be forgiven for the confusion when Edinburgh people talk about the new town. To the new world this part of Edinburgh is old, dating back to the 1700s. The old town is much older, the castle itself dating back to the 9th century, the old town built up around it as a series of market places. Look closely, you will soon see the differences in the actitecture between old and new.

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Berlin
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The heart of Edinburgh is the Old and New towns which still boast wonderful architecture amongst the traffic calming catastrophes that the local council subject the inhabitants too.

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History Buffs , foodies

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Edinburgh is full of beautiful buildings and architecture.

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United States

Great for exploring

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Kuala Lumpur

Edinburgh is a city that is a 'must visit'. Simply gorgeous!

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Philadelphia

Love it!

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Larbert

old is how we used to live
lots of interesting places to see

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Sunderland

such a lovely place in summer and like a picture post card

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